Vocal Performing Ensembles

LOVE TO SING? SNJ Studio of Music offers vocal ensembles for Elementary, Middle School and High School age students. Each school year our award-winning ensembles present two major concerts to audiences of over 500! In addition, our groups perform at community events, show choir competitions, and A Cappella Festivals. Our SNJ Singers take the stage with world class musicians through our collaboration with the Omaha Symphony, forming the chorus for the Symphony’s popular Christmas Celebration.

The SNJ Singers is the premier vocal ensemble at the Sharon North Jones Studio of Music. The SNJ Singers have been featured performers at the Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration, Worlds of Fun, the UNL Chamber Choir Festival, the Big Red Road Show, and at the Iowa Western Performing Arts Center. They also host their own A Cappella Festival each year.

This 50-voice ensemble, directed by Joel Johnston, is comprised of talented high school singers from across the metropolitan area, many of whom are also active in their own school choirs, show choirs, and musicals. SNJ Singers perform repertoire ranging from classic choral literature to contemporary a cappella..

Audition Process

Auditions are closed for the 2017-18 season. Auditions will take place in May 2018 for the 2018-19 school year. Auditions are individual and will take approximately 15 minutes. A prepared song of any style is preferred but not required. To schedule an audition, call Joel Johnston at 402-321-5323. Please bring a completed application to your audition, or drop-off/mail it to SNJ Studio of Music prior to your audition..

Ensemble Requirements
If selected, members must commit to rehearsals and performances for the entire season. In the event of a conflict with a school music activity, it is understood that students will first honor their commitment to the school activity. Rehearsals are Sundays from 5:00-6:30 PM. There is a fee of $380 (includes outfits, tuition and music) for the year. Payment is due at first rehearsal in August or a 3-month payment plan is also offered.

Center Stage is a middle school show choir for girls in grades 6-8. This non-auditioned ensemble, directed by Joel Johnston rehearses and performs throughout the year, including two major studio concerts as well as festivals at UNO, Westside Battle of the Show Choirs, Millard South Stars on Stage, Elkhorn South Crystal Cup, Millard North Galaxy of Stars, and Lewis Central Titan Invitational. Members of the group come from schools throughout the metro area, most of whom are also in their own school’s show choir. Center Stage has quickly become one of the finest middle school show choirs in the region.

Registration Process
Registrations are closed for the 2017-18 school year. Registration will open for the 2018-19 school year February 14, 2018. Completed applications may be mailed or dropped off, along with a $100 deposit to SNJ Studio of Music any time before April 1. Registrations received after April 1 will only be considered if there are still spots in the group. A link to the Application can be found below or you may pick one up in the studio office.

The group is capped at 54 members. Spots are filled in the following order of priority:

  1. Returning members
  2. Members of Spotlight
  3. Siblings of current or outgoing members, or current ongoing SNJ Studio voice students
  4. Grade level (8th first, then 7th, then 6th)
  5. Assuming there are still spots available after #1-4 above, we will fill them in the order that registrations are received

Ensemble Requirements
If selected, members must commit to rehearsals and performances for the entire season. Rehearsals are Mondays from 4:30-6:00 PM (and occasionally until 7:30 PM). In the event of a conflict with a school music activity, it is understood that students will honor their commitment to the school activity. There is a fee of $340 for Center Stage which covers tuition, music, and festival fees. A $100 deposit must accompany applications. Center Stage members will purchase an outfit, shoes, and T-shirt at a reasonable cost. Costume and remaining balance is due in August, or a 3-month payment plan is also available.

ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS JANUARY 2018!!!

Spotlight is a dynamic choral experience for boys and girls in grades 4-6 who love to sing. Directed by Ellie Beeson, the students in this group learn to sing expressively, and work as a team while exploring a lively combo of high quality, age-appropriate music of various styles: Choral, Pop, Show Choir and more. Spotlight performs throughout the school year at studio concerts and community events as well as the annual SNJ Studio Youth Choir Festival.

  • Learn correct posture, breathing and vocal production
  • Develop pitch matching, rhythmic skills and train musical memory
  • Practice, polish, and perform in front of a live audience
  • Great prep for show choir
  • Poise, confidence, discipline: build life skills
  • Express yourself!

Ensemble Requirements

Spotlight is open to girls and boys in grades 4-6 and there is no audition required. Members must commit to rehearsals and performances for the entire 2017-18 season. In the event of a conflict with a school music activity, it is understood that students will first honor their commitment to the school activity. Rehearsals are Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM. There is a fee of $330 for the year which covers tuition, music and performance outfit. A $100 deposit is required with registration and the balance is due in August – or a 3-month payment plan is also available.