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Children’s Choirs at Gloria Dei
All children are welcome to sing in Gloria Dei choirs! New singers are welcome throughout the year and do not need to be members to sing. There is no registration fee and no required audition. Children’s choirs are free to all and all are welcome.
Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays throughout the school year at Gloria Dei.
Here’s the current Wednesday Evening Children’s Choir Schedule for the season of Lent:
A home cooked meal, supervised child care, and worship are also available on Wednesdays:
More Information about Choirs for Children and Youth:
Musical Messengers is for singers in grades 3 or 4-9. This group of singers helps to provide leadership for the entire children and youth choir program at Gloria Dei. In addition to having fun, emphasis is on good choral development and learning to read a variety of music. Most of the music is sung during worship services throughout the year. Singers learn proper choral breathing techniques and vowel pronunciation, solfage, and how to read music and rhythm along with other aspects of musicianship and worship leadership. Singers have opportunities throughout the year to learn to play a variety of instruments including hand chimes and Orff instruments.
This group also has the opportunity to go on tour to local care centers and participate in local and regional festivals when opportunities arise. Musical Messengers usually sing in worship one to two times a month.
Third graders who are ready are invited to sing with Musial Messengers allowing for flexibility in the family schedule as well as supporting the development of each individual singer. Please contact the church office or the director with any questions about which choir would be best for your child(ren).
G3 Kids: Giving God Glory is for singers in grades K/1-2/3. This group has a lot of fun singing, learning beginning music reading, vocal development, and worship leadership skills in addition to learning about the Bible and the church year. Children in this choir usually sing in worship one time a month.
Kindergartners who are ready are invited to sing with this group allowing for flexibility in the family schedule as well as supporting the development of each individual singer. Please contact the church office or the director with any questions about which choir would be best for your child(ren).
Ages 2 - Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten:
Dei Springs choir is for singers two years old through those in Pre-K or Kindergarten. This choir works to further develop musical skills and have fun while learning about God. We especially enjoy the seasons of the church year. Epiphany is always a favorite! We turn out all of the lights and sing “This Little Light of Mine” using flashlights and then say flashlight prayers. During Advent, we have the jingle bells ringing and say jingle bell prayers. So much fun!
Songs for all choirs keep the development of the singer in mind and are chosen to coincide with the church calendar and are scheduled to be sung during the 8:00, 9:00 and 11:00 worship services on a rotating basis. New singers are welcome to sit in on a rehearsal or two to learn what choir is all about. Please contact Beth Tobin for more information.
In addition to choirs, Gloria Dei presents a yearly children’s musical which is open to all children in grades Kindergarten - Sixth Grade. Registration is required and opens the end of October. Rehearsals begin the first Friday in January, and continue Fridays and Saturdays through February. The musical is presented during worship the first Sunday in March. Musicals are such a great way for kids to connect and learn more about Bible stories in a fun way! They are great fun for all of us!
Registration information will be posted at www.GloriaDeiKids.org when it becomes available.
About the Directors:
Beth has been working with children and music at churches since 1979, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Pacific Lutheran University. She is a member of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA and Choristers Guild, for which she is a Past President. She was the founding Board President for Gloria Dei Lutheran Preschool, and began as Sunday School Superintendent at Gloria Dei in 2001. Beth completed her studies to become a deacon in 2018, and was called by Gloria Dei in 2019, as the Children’s Ministry Director working to provide education, fellowship, and service opportunities for children and their families.
Beth has directed children's choirs in Alaska and Washington since 1993. She was the founding director for Olympia Youth Chorus, Dolce, the community choir for children in Kindergarten through third grade. She directed Dolce for nine years. Currently Beth directs choirs for grades 1-9 at Gloria Dei as well as the annual Gloria Dei children’s musical.
Beth loves working with children and the energy they express in their singing. She excels at finding creative ways to help children develop music skills while having great fun. She loves helping them to make connections with Bible stories and God's love for them, and supporting families as they help their children grow in faith. She lives in Olympia with her husband and has three grown children.
Kate and her family, husband Matt and daughter Bridgette, moved to Olympia in 2016. Kate has a BA in music and a Masters in Theology and jumped right in to helping with music leading the drumming workshop at VBS and children’s choir for twos - Kindergarten! Kate directs Dei Springs choir for Twos - Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten and is excited to sing with all of the kids!