Frequently Asked Questions
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes will be in place for the 2020-2021 season for the safety of our singers and their families. PMYC will NOT be in live performances; we will hold in-person rehearsals with many precautions in the early fall and spring, and will hold online rehearsals for the rest of the season. Both in-person and online rehearsals will be shorter in length and include time for social interaction and for music theory. All singers will work on both short-term musical projects and full-ensemble works to be presented online at the end of each semester.
What are the different ensembles, and which one is right for my child?
PMYC welcomes singers in pre-K through high school. PMYC is five 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. All ensembles come together for most performances. The ensembles are: Melody Makers (pre-K through 1st grade); Primo Coro (2nd through 3rd/4th grade); Canterini (4th/5th through 7th/8th grade); Harmonia (7th/8th through high school); and A Cappella (7th/8th through high school). We also offer classes in Music Theory for ages 5th grade and above.
How much will my tuition be?
2020-2021 Tuition Rates are:
Primo Coro: $420
A Cappella: $540
Harmonia & A Cappella: $1,105
Financial aid is available and can be applied for during the registration process.
Where are rehearsals held?
Rehearsals for Primo Coro, Canterini, Harmonia, A Cappella ensembles, and Music Theory class take place in the choir room at First United Church, 848 Lake Street, 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.
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 we do hold Placement Assessments. There is no need to prepare anything, just come with a great attitude and desire to sing. Placement Assessments are currently only required of those entering Harmonia and A Cappella. For more info on Placement Assessments, click here.
When and where do auditions take place?
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.