. . . when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts. All of those people are pouring out their hearts and souls in perfect harmony, which is kind of an emblem for what we need in this world . . .
The Greatland Youth Chorus provides boys and girls, grades 4 - 8, with an exceptional choral music experience. Singers learn vocal technique, sight-singing, ear-training, and performance technique while striving for musical excellence and enjoying a variety of high-quality choral music. This is a “treble clef” chorus, therefore, boys must have unchanged voices. The semester will culminate with a performance recital for family and friends, and there are often opportunities for other performances.
Grades 4 - 8
Instruction in brass, woodwinds, and percussion for beginners. Instruments include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, baritone, trombone, and percussion. The semester will begin with instruction in homogeneous instrument groupings, bringing the entire band together later in the semester. Families will need to purchase the band method book, Tradition of Excellence, Book1, Kjos Publishing. Virtual "check-in" lessons and a performance recital for family and friends are also included.
Grades 4 - 8
Instruction in brass, woodwinds, and percussion for students with at least one year experience. Instruments include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, baritone, trombone, and percussion. Families will need to purchase the band method book, Tradition of Excellence, Book 2, Kjos Publishing. Performance music for band is provided. Instruction will also include routinely scheduled virtual "check-in"lessons. The semester will finish with a performance recital for family and friends.
Grades 4 - 8
about the director.
Jessica Swan loves bringing young people together to make music. She believes that young musicians love a challenge and are inspired when they can perform beautifully together. And the friendships formed by working together are very special and supportive. This is why she formed the Greatland Youth Chorus and Band for homeschool students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to make music with their peers.
Jessica Swan received a B.S. in Music Education from Asbury University and an M.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois. She has led various music groups, including children’s, teen and adult choirs, instrumental ensembles and theatrical productions. She served as the Music Director for The Salvation Army in Indiana for nine years giving direction to the music and worship arts programs, including a residential summer music camp, and music leadership training. She taught music at St. Gabriel School in Indianapolis, Indiana where members of her children’s choir received honors at both District Solo and Ensemble Competitions and the Catholic Youth Organization Music Competitions. Jessica recently completed eighteen years of leadership to the worship arts ministry team at Crosspoint Community Church. She and her husband, Brian, along with their two sons, have lived in Anchorage, Alaska for nineteen years. They homeschooled their now young adult sons for eight years.