Combined CHEA Choirs

The CHEA Singers program was created to provide choral training for homeschooled students in the greater Charlotte area. There are over 250 singers who meet on Tuesday afternoons in the Matthews area to participate in various choirs for ages 6-19. Our desire is to produce skilled musicians who seek to serve others and glorify God through singing.

Carolina Youth Chorale Spring Concert

  • May 12, 2016 at 7pm
  • Christ Covenant Church
  • 800 Fullwood Lane
  • Matthews, NC

Applications for the 2016-2017 choir season are now being accepted. If you are interested in taking part, please read the Information for Applicants section below. Click on individual choir names for information and applications for that particular choir. Please note that some choirs fill up quickly, and that each choir has its own deadline for applications to be submitted.

If you are interested in some suggestions for music listening at home, you can see a list of some of our recommended favorites here Suggested Musical Selections.

Important Information for Applicants - Please Read

We welcome your interest in the CHEA Singers choir program! The sections below will provide general information , requirements and contact information for the choirs we offer. All choir applicants need to read and agree to the CHEA Singers Requirements for Participating Families & Liability Waiver and the Code of Conduct (links provided below). Our choir directors and other leaders all serve on a volunteer basis. This keeps our fees low, but also means that we rely on parent help in many areas for the program and our singers to reach their full potential – you will find many different types of opportunities to serve with us.

  • CHEA Singers Board of Directors
    • Melody Paules
    • Lorie Kirkland
    • Barbara Van Patter

Music Makers
  Ages 6 - 8 (must be 6 on or before October 15)

Music Makers is a choirclub for boys and girls ages 6-8 years old. The children learn to sing and joyfully respond to music. They sing songs from a different historical period each semester and sometimes wear historical costumes as part of their performance. . . history comes alive for them throughout the year as they experience the music, dress, food, games, activities, etc. of another time and place. Children also learn basic rhythmic, dynamic and tempo terms and learn to respond to them with their whole bodies. The children's musical intelligence is enhanced through the Music Makers experience.

This choir is a cooperative effort, which means that each mom has the privilege of monitoring occasionally and is assigned a job.

When you become a part of the Music Maker Family, you are committing to regular attendance, to listen to the CD at least 3 times per week and to fulfilling your Music Maker job assignment.

The Music Makers deadline for registration has been extended to May 20.

Contact  Melody   for more information.

Savior's Singers
  Ages 9 - 10 (must be 9 on or before October 15)

Kristi Holden, Director

The Savior’s Singers choir is a treble choir which encourages homeschooled boys and girls ages 9-10 years old in their development of singing skills, beginning part singing, and basic theory. A few of the primary focuses of this choir are the memorization of hymns, basic hymn history, and emphasis on God being glorified through our music. The choir’s repertoire consists of a variety of sacred and secular works. Rehearsal time is interspersed with fun music games that reinforce basic elements of music. Because singers must be able to match pitch, a voice check is required for singers new to the choir. Savior’s Singers participate in the CHEA Singers Concerts in the fall and spring and also minister through music at a local nursing home twice a year. Parental involvement is required on many different levels some of which are monitoring during rehearsals, teaching theory, and assisting with choir uniforms.

For more information about Savior’s Singers, please contact  Kristi Holden.

King’s Chorale (formerly King’s Kids)
  Ages 11 to 14 (must be 11 on or before October 15)

Melody Paules, Director

The King’s Chorale for treble voices is open to homeschooled children ages 11-14. The choir focuses on developing singing skills, including part-singing and reading music, with an emphasis of using our skills to glorify God and for the blessing and encouragement of others. The choir sings works by classical composers, hymn arrangements, spirituals and folk songs, and a wide variety of other sacred and secular works. We perform in the CHEA Singers Choir concerts in fall and spring, and usually develop a full-length spring program to present in area retirement centers and nursing homes. Parental involvement on various levels is needed to make things run smoothly; more information is on the information and registration forms. Singers must be able to match pitch. A voice check is required for singers new to the choir.

For more information contact Melody Paules

Musical Heirs
  Ages 10 to 14

Barbara Van Patter, Director

Musical Heirs is a treble choir open for audition to homeschooled children ages 10 to 14. This choir offers children the opportunity to grow personally and corporately as they strive for higher excellence and integrity in their music.

The students learn challenging music, theory and history throughout the year and share their music, bringing hope and encouragement to audiences in our community and beyond. Founded in 1992 by Barbara Van Patter, Musical Heirs has been a resource for home educated children and their families in Charlotte and surrounding areas for 22 years.

For more information contact Barbara Van Patter or visit the website at

Carolina Youth Chorale
  SATB Choir - young women age 14 and in 9th grade (or higher) on or before Oct. 15, and young men whose voices have changed.

Lorie Kirkland, Director

Tani Trejo, Administrator

Carolina Youth Chorale (CYC,) is an SATB choir for homeschooled students during the high school years. Goal: to inspire students to fully worship God through music, to strive for high musical standards, grow and develop their singing, and to kindle a love and passion for great music.

  • Members are auditioned.
  • Young men: after voice change through age 18 or high school graduation
  • Young women: Must be age 14 on or before October 15th and in 9th -12th grade.

As the choir learns music written in a variety of styles, languages, and time periods, they will begin to appreciate more fully the role singing plays in the lives of all people. Singing is a wonderful way to develop focus and self-control, to learn to work as a team and to experience the incredible joys of communication of ideas and emotions through music. Singers will be offered music theory and history within the context of repertoire, providing a deeper understanding of the literature they are singing.

An attitude of thankfulness and a willingness to work hard are a must and are more integral than the level or talent of their voices.

All parents are required to support this choir by signing up to volunteer for various jobs during the year.

For more information contact  Tani Trejo.