The CHEA Singers program was created to provide choral training for homeschooled students in the greater Charlotte area. There are over 170 singers who meet on Tuesday afternoons in the Matthews area to participate in various choirs for ages 5-19. Our desire is to produce skilled musicians who seek to serve others and glorify God through singing.
We welcome your interest in the CHEA Singers choir program! For details and contact information for individual choirs, scroll down and click on the choir name in the list below. You will find registration forms there as well.
All choir applicants need to read and agree to the CHEA Singers Requirements for Participating Families & Liability Waiver and the Code of Conduct (link provided below). 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.
For information about a specific choir, click on the individual choir name below.
For general questions about the choir program, please contact Faith Glaser mail_outline
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.
Rebekah Hopkins has directed Melody Makers for seven years and interned as student director before taking over as full director. Mrs. Hopkins is an alumna of our CHEA Singers choir program, singing with Musical Heirs for two years, the girls' ensemble Jubilate and student directed, and Sing Joy (now CYC) for five years. She has a degree in Piano Pedagogy with a minor in voice from Campbell University. She has worked with the children's choirs at Christ Covenant Church for over a decade, accompanying and directing, now directing the K-grade 2 choir.
Melody Makers is a choir club for boys and girls ages older 5-year-olds to 7-year-olds. 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 Melody 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 Melody Maker family, you are committing to your singer's regular attendance to rehearsals, to listen with your singer to the learning CD at least 3 times per week, and to fulfilling your Melody Maker job assignment.
For more information about Melody Makers, contact Rebekah mail_outline
Kristi Holden is the director for Savior’s Singers for the 2023 - 2024 season. She has been a part of CHEA Singers in multiple roles since 2001, first as a weekly parent volunteer for Melody Makers, and then as director of Savior’s Singers in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with a concentration in Voice. Kristi is a veteran homeschool mom, a puppy trainer for Crockett Doodles, and a teacher assistant for the elementary grades at Cramerton Christian Academy in Cramerton, NC. She is also actively involved in music with Gaston Choral Society as well as her church Kingsway Baptist Church.
The Savior's Singers Choir is a treble choir for homeschooled children ages 8-10 and is part of the CHEA Singers program. Singers must be 8 by Oct. 15. The choir focuses on developing good singing tone and music skills as singers learn a variety of excellent music from various time periods and styles while incorporating basic music theory. Singers must be able to match pitch and sing in tune within the choir’s singing range. Choir parents and singers must have a commitment to conscientious involvement in the choir that includes practice at home and consistent attendance at rehearsals and concerts.
For more information about Savior’s Singers, please contact Kristi Holden mail_outline
In her 4th year with CHEA Singers, Betsy Logeman is the director of King’s Chorale for the 2023-2024 season. She has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Choral Track, Piano Proficiency. Betsy is a licensed educator in North Carolina for K-12 Music. She is currently the Director of Music for Boyce Memorial ARP Church and a part of the leadership team for SHARE (a homeschool co-op in the Kings Mountain area). She also teaches piano and is a collaborative pianist. Betsy is an avid genealogist and volunteer at the Kings Mountain Little Theater.
King’s Chorale is for treble voices and 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. An audition is required for singers new to the choir.
For more information contact Betsy Logeman mail_outline
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 30 years.
For more information contact Barbara Van Patter mail_outline
Dr. Larry Oldham directs the Carolina Youth Chorale. His wife Libby, a professional pianist and piano teacher, accompanies the choir. Dr. Oldham has degrees in voice and music education, along with two seminary degrees. He has directed choral groups of all ages, from elementary to college level, taught music and music theory, conducting, and piano. He has also served as a pastor and a missionary.
Carolina Youth Chorale (CYC,) is an SATB choir for homeschooled students during the high school years. Our goal is to inspire students to fully worship God through music, develop their singing and musical knowledge, and to kindle a love and passion for great music.
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 equally as important as the level of talent or their voices.
All parents are required to support this choir by signing up to volunteer for various jobs during the year.
Please visit the CYC Players tab to find out about a CYC enrichment opportunity! This is a one-semester "extra" available to CYC singers. Betsy Logeman will be directing a group of singers interested in musical theater rehearsing weekly and performing on Saturday, December 16, 2023. We are excited about adding this to our high school level choir for added musical opportunities and camaradie!
You can find out much more about the Players and Mrs. Logeman by visiting the CYC tab on our website below the Carolina Youth Chorale tab. August 19 is currently the deadline to join this fun, high-energy, love-to-sing group!
For more information contact Gayle Hinkelman mail_outline
Directing CYC players in their inaugural year is Betsy Logeman. Betsy serves as the Director of Music for Boyce Memorial ARP church in Kings Mountain, NC, and is the current director of King's Chorale. Betsy has a degree in Music Education from Bob Jones University and is a North Carolina licensed Music Educator with 25 years of teaching experience. She is a member of the director team at Kings Mountain Little Theatre and is a freelance accompanist for singers, choirs, instrumentalists, and theatres in the greater Charlotte area. Encouraged early in her teaching career to make learning fun, Betsy believes fun to be a key ingredient in rehearsals. Rehearsals for CYC Players will be high energy and full of excitement and laughter, but most of all have a foundation of making excellent performances for the glory of God through redemptive artistry.
CYC Players is a fun SATB enrichment program, open to all CYC singers. This group focuses on using healthy singing skills and acting to reinforce with a fun twist the singing concepts taught in choir rehearsals. This musical theatre group will work together every Tuesday after regular choir rehearsals during first semester. Performance for the troop will be in late November or early December. Applicants must be in good standing with Carolina Youth Chorale. Good standing is defined as regularly attending most rehearsals and all concerts, paying attention in rehearsal, learning music in a timely manner, being respectful and courteous to program adults and fellow singers, and participating with a cheerful spirit. Please see our registration form for all the details.
For more information contact Betsy Logeman mail_outline