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Ensembles

Forte

Forte means strong ...

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Forte Rehearsals

First Congregational Church of La Grange

100 6th Ave

La Grange

Mondays 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Forte Spring Open House

Interested in learning more about Forte? Come join us for our Forte Open House! Singers and their parents can meet Spirito’s fabulous teachers, learn new songs together, enjoy some refreshments, and find out why Forte is the perfect ensemble for 2nd-4th graders who love to sing!


Forte Open House
April 15, 2024
4:15-5:15 pm
First Congregational Church of La Grange

100 6th Ave. La Grange, IL

Click the link below to RSVP for the Forte Open House.

Open to treble singers in grades 2-4, Forte is an ensemble for singers looking to strengthen their voices in an encouraging and supportive environment. Singers in Forte are music lovers who may have some previous choral experience, or may never have sung in a choir before! In weekly rehearsals, Forte singers work on healthy vocal production, basic music theory and literacy skills, and a strong sense of ensemble and collaboration. Forte singers begin to sing in unison, and build vocal independence to perform songs in 2- and 3-part harmony. In Forte, singers learn how strong their voices can be, both individually and together.


No audition is required for Forte singers. Singers should come on the first day prepared to play singing games to determine their voice’s most comfortable range.

Eligibility Requirements:


Treble Voice


Love of Music

Ragazze

Ragazze means sisterhood ...

Open to Treble singers in grades 5 – 8, Ragazze is an auditioned ensemble for singers looking for a fun and challenging choral experience in a safe and welcoming setting. Singers in Ragazze know that their voices are stronger together than apart, and work weekly on ensemble-building skills to strengthen not only their own voices, but their ability to collaborate with others. Singing in a variety of languages and musical styles, Ragazze singers develop strong choral artistry, vocal technique, and performance skills while creating lifelong friendships.

Eligibility Requirements:


Treble Voice


Excellent Intonation
Collaborative Spirit

Ragazze rehearsals include weekly elective classes designed to strengthen singers’ musicianship. Singers begin with multi-level theory training, and continue to study vocal technique, composition, songwriting, conducting and more.

Click below to learn more about our Spring 2024 electives.
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Ragazze Rehearsals
Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church

314 W. Vallette St.

Elmhurst
Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Door Rehearsals

Interested singers are welcome to visit a Ragazze rehearsal at any point during the semester until 2 weeks before the winter and spring concerts. This is a wonderful way to see our singers in action, meet the conductor, and experience what a real Spirito rehearsal is like! Please reach out to Carling FitzSimmons - cfitzsimmons@spiritosingers.org no later than 2 days before the rehearsal to let us know you’re planning to attend.

Bravura

Bravura means boldness ...

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Bravura Rehearsals

Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church
314 W. Vallette St.
Elmhurst
Sundays 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Open Door Rehearsals

Interested singers are welcome to visit a Bravura rehearsal at any point during the semester until 2 weeks before the winter and spring concerts. This is a wonderful way to see our singers in action, meet the conductor, and experience what a real Spirito rehearsal is like! Please reach out to Carling FitzSimmons – cfitzsimmons@spiritosingers.org no later than 2 days before the rehearsal to let us know you’re planning to attend.

Open to Treble singers in grades 9-12, Bravura is an elite auditioned ensemble for singers dedicated to the highest caliber of musical excellence. Bravura singers are confident creators and enthusiastic collaborators, able to sing in a wide range of languages and musical styles. Vocal independence is highly emphasized in Bravura, as repertoire can expand to include as many as 8 harmony parts, and solo opportunities are available for interested singers. Bravura singers are focused, energized, and disciplined, and are eager to take artistic risks and try new things, knowing that beauty can only grow when we break new ground.

Eligibility Requirements:


Treble Voice


Excellent intonation and purity of tone


Strong Musical Ear


Knowledge of fundamental music theory

(or enrollment in Bravura Theory)


Music Literacy
Collaborative Spirit

In addition to participating in an elite choral ensemble, Bravura singers have the option to further develop their musicianship through weekly elective classes. Electives meet outside of regular Bravura rehearsals, and cover subjects including vocal technique, songwriting, composition, music technology, conducting, and more.

Bravura Theory is required for students who have not yet tested out of Ragazze Intermediate Theory, and is open to anyone who would like to brush up their theory skills.

Click below to learn more about our Spring 2024 electives.

Men of Spirito

Men of Spirito are mentors, leaders and helpers

Open to men with changed voices ages 18+, the Men of Spirito are committed to Spirito’s mission of service, mentorship, and community. This avocational choir welcomes all singers looking to strengthen their voices, make excellent music with a community of dedicated guys, and give back to the community through yearly service and social events. The Men of Spirito sing in a wide range of styles and languages, and appreciate the fun and challenge of learning new music in a welcoming setting.

Eligibility Requirements:

Changed Voice

Excellent Intonation

Collaborative Spirit

Open Door Rehearsals

Interested singers are welcome to visit a Men of Spirito rehearsal at any point during the semester until 2 weeks before the winter and spring concerts. This is a wonderful way to see our singers in action, meet the conductor, and experience what a real Spirito rehearsal is like! Please reach out to Doug Peters – douglaspetersbaritone@gmail.com no later than 2 days before the rehearsal to let us know you’re planning to attend.

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Men of Spirito Rehearsals

First United Methodist Church

Elmhurst

Tuesday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

At Spirito, we believe that every child who has the desire and ability

to sing with us should have the opportunity to do so.

Not only does Spirito provide singers with a first-rate musical education, but we also give singers a home-away-from-home, a second family where they can be creative, be curious, and be themselves.


Several levels of financial assistance and scholarships are available each year. Financial assistance is awarded on a sliding scale, with additional discounts available for families with more than one singer in Spirito ensembles. Full-tuition scholarships are awarded at the beginning of the season, and are based on a singer’s audition or vocal assessment, completed scholarship application, and letter of recommendation from a teacher or other trusted adult.

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Please contact Carling FitzSimmons with questions about the application, or to inquire about sponsoring a singer for the season.

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Click below for the Financial Assistance application and Scholarship Supplement. (The Scholarship supplement need only be completed by those interested in applying for a full-tuition scholarship for the upcoming season.)

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