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.

CHEA Singers Spring Concert

  • April 10, 2014 at 7pm
  • Christ Covenant Church
  • 800 Fullwood Lane
  • Matthews, NC

Our spring concert will feature all our choirs. Admission is free; an offering will be taken to defray program expenses.

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

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 season.

We welcome your interest in the CHEA Singers choir program and are looking forward to another wonderful year of making music together with new and old friends! The sections below will provide general information, requirements, access to application forms, and contact information for each choir being offered this year. Application deadlines differ between choirs, so be sure to note the deadline for the choir(s) you are interested in. All choir applicants will 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 Concert dates for the 2014-2105 season are November 20, 2014 and April 23, 2015. Mark your calendars!

For several years we have asked our choir families to sign an agreement to abide by rules intended to help our choir program run smoothly, safely, and with unity. We recently have been advised that for the protection of the program as a whole, including our participating families and volunteer helpers and directors, the agreement needed to be stronger legally. The new CHEA Singers Requirements and Waiver puts those rules and guidelines into legal language to protect all participants. It doesn’t change the heart of our program, or the hearts we as directors have for the children and families God brings to us. All participants continue involvement on a volunteer and voluntary basis. Our desire continues to be to serve God and our families in the calling He has given us – to provide choral instruction to homeschooling families for His glory. We continue to seek the best for each of the students entrusted to us and seek to glorify God in all our interactions and relationships. Our desire continues to be to follow biblical guidelines in these relationships. We continue to love our choir students, enjoy working with them, and take delight in seeing them grow musically, spiritually, and personally over the years they are with us and beyond. And we continue to invite you to join us on this journey, doing everything to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31).

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

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

Pamela Mullins, Director

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 via Dalcroze games 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 once or twice per month 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.

Contact  Pamela   for more information.

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

Lorie Kirkland, Director

Tani Trejo, Administrator

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  Tani Trejo.

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

Melody Paules, Director

The King’s Kids Choir 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

Carolina Youth Chorale
  SATB Choir……young women age 14 and in 9th grade (or higher) on or before Oct. 15.

Barbara Van Patter, Director

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 difficult and challenging music in four or more parts they are developing their musical ear. Excellent singing requires very keen discipline. Discipline and self control, focus and teamwork are required of each member as they learn to sit quietly (which is harder than it seems,) listen to the instructions and fully apply themselves to developing new singing habits, to listen to the voices around them and unify their sound instead of attempting to dominate, to blend their vowels into one congenial sound, being mindful of blend.

An attitude of thankfulness and a willingness to work hard are a must and are more integral then 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.

The CYC application deadline is May 24, 2014.