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 SNJ Studio of Music. They 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 48-voice ensemble, directed by Joel Johnston, is comprised of talented high school singers from across the Omaha 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 will take place in May for the 2018-19 season. 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
Members must commit to rehearsals and performances for the entire 2018-19 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, which covers tution, music and outfits. Payment is due at first rehearsal in August or a 3-month payment plan is also offered.

Center Stage has gained a reputation as one of the finest middle school show choirs in the region. Center Stage is a middle school show choir for girls in grades 6-8. This non-auditioned ensemble, directed by Joel Johnston,  performs at two major studio concerts, and appears in festivals at the Millard South Stars on Stage, Elkhorn South Crystal Cup, Westside Battle of the Show Choirs, and Millard North Galaxy of Stars. Center Stage members come from schools throughout the Omaha metropolitan area. Many are also involved in their own school show choirs.

Application Process
Applications will be taken for the 2018-19 school year beginning March 14, 2018. Completed applications, including $100 deposit, may be mailed or dropped off, to SNJ Studio of Music any time before April 2, 2018. Registrations received after April 2 will only be considered if there are still spots available in the group.

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
Members must commit to rehearsals and performances for the entire 2018-19 season. Rehearsals are Mondays from 4:30-6:00 PM (and occasionally until 7:30 PM).  There is a fee of $340, which covers tuition, music, and festival fees. A $100 deposit must accompany applications. Center Stage members will also be required to purchase a costume and a T-shirt. Costume fee and remaining ensemble balance is due in August, or a 3-month payment plan is also available.

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 2 major studio concerts, community events, as well as hosting an 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 for the 2018-19 season. No audition is required. Members must commit to rehearsals and performances for the entire 2018-19 season. Rehearsals are Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM. There is a fee of $330, which covers tuition, music and outfits. Payment is due in August, or a 3-month payment plan is also available.

Application Process

Applications may be mailed or dropped off at the studio office by August, 2018.