Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different ensembles, and which one is right for my child?
PMYC welcomes singers from Kindergarten through high school. PMYC is four separate singing groups called ensembles, giving every singer a place, no matter their experience! Each ensemble is designed to offer rewarding and fun performance opportunities and enriching experiences for your child to develop artistically, vocally and personally. Our ensembles come together for most performances. The ensembles are: Melody Makers (Kindergarten - 1st grade), Primo Coro (2nd through 5th grade); and Harmonia (6th through high school). We also have an advanced by-invitation ensemble called A Cappella.
Where are rehearsals held?
Rehearsals for all ensembles take place in the choir room and Sanctuary at First United Church, 848 Lake Street, in Oak Park. Singers are asked to enter through the wooden door that can be accessed from the parking lot at the back of the church. There is a doorbell to ring if the door is locked.
How much is tuition?
2023-2024 Tuition Rates are:
Melody Makers: $220/semester (4 mos)
Primo Coro: $249/semester (4 mos)
Harmonia: $440/semester (4 mos)
A Cappella: $150/semester (4 mos)
We offer a sibling discount.
We believe all singers should have the opportunity to join our Chorus, regardless of a family's financial status.
Financial aid is available and can be applied for during the registration process -- or just email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
What is the performance schedule?
All families receive an annual overview of events and concert, as well as regular newsletters with reminders. Performance highlights for our first semester are:
Nov. 5, 4 pm Fall Concert
Dec. 2, 2 & 7 pm Pro Musica sings with The Joffrey's "The Nutcracker"
Dec. 9 & 10 Sing We Joyous
Dec. 19 Holiday Party and singalong
When and where do auditions take place?
PMYC does not require auditions or previous experience. However, in order to ensure your child is placed in the ensemble that best fits their skill level conductors will do Placement Assessments early in the season; this is simply an opportunity to 'get to know your voice', and there is no need to prepare anything -- just come with a great attitude and desire to sing.
What are the uniform/concert costumes?
There are two uniform looks that singers in Pro Musica wear—a formal and an informal uniform. Instructions for ordering the proper attire are provided during registration.
Where do the ensembles of PMYC perform?
The ensembles regularly perform locally at a variety of venues in the greater Oak Park area and Chicago.
In the past Pro Musica has had the opportunity to perform with Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Youth Symphony, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, Tower Chorale, and with a number of professional vocal groups. Our performances reach a diverse audience and are in diverse settings including Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Symphony Center, Wire, Fitzgerald’s Nightclubs and many community churches.
Where do I purchase concert performance tickets?
Tickets are usually sold prior to the show. We accept cash, checks and major credit cards.