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Vocal Performance - Programs & Groups

Aspire Music Academy delivers instruction in age-group choirs, focused on choral singing and vocal performance.


The instruction available at Aspire begins with a recreational and choral focus, moving to more of a performance and competition focus for older students seeking those experiences.

Here are the groups we expect to form for our 2017-2018 season:



Available via audition only, this high-school-aged group includes our most experienced performers, capable of delivering a full Broadway singing and dancing number in show choir mode as well as choral singing with multiple harmonies.  Now in our second year of performing, Adrenaline will be adding more a cappella numbers, men-only and women-only selections, mixed groups and so much more.  Adrenaline performers aren’t afraid to grab the microphone and deliver a solo, duet or trio – and they get plenty of chances to do so! 


This group also makes the most of public performance opportunities, appearing at venues all over Woodbury and the surrounding area.   Finally, our Adrenaline performers earn the right to step into the recording studio and lay down tracks with professional sound engineers and designers.  If you want to push your performance level to its highest ever, this is the group for you!

Rehearsals:  Thursdays from 7:00-8:30pm and Sundays from 2:30-3:45pm



This group of middle-school young ladies are born to perform, delivering the performance opportunities needed for young women from those with real singing experience to those just learning to take the stage.  The Momentum ladies specialize in delivering polished vocals, along with movement and just the right amount of attitude!  Momentum performers make the most of their opportunities to sing solos, duets and trios in front of large audiences, building their skills and blossoming into real stage performers.  Finally, our Momentum performers often take the stage with Adrenaline to perform our biggest production numbers with a big sound that fills any venue.  Momentum is a blast!

Rehearsals:  Thursdays from 5:30-7:00pm and Sundays from 1:15-2:30pm


This new group of middle-school boy and girl performers will rock audiences with their performance skills!  Available via audition only, this mixed group experience combines show choir performance, choral singing, a cappella vocals and so much more.  Impact performers build the skills needed to eventually join Adrenaline and be among our top performers.  If you’re ready to get on stage and show what you can do, Impact is the group for you!

Rehearsals:  Coming in January 2018


The Crescendos group is comprised of performers in grades 4-6.  Many of these performers have some singing experience, but are looking to stretch themselves to learn more vocal performance skills and gain even greater performance opportunities.  The Crescendos members regularly receive solo, duet and small group singing opportunities, building their confidence in front of real audiences.  Choreography and movement are also a key part of the Crescendos experience.  For our full stage performances, Crescendos members take the stage in large production numbers with our older performers.  Crescendos have an incredible amount of fun!


Rehearsals:  Fridays from 5:30-6:30pm


Our youngest group of performers covers elementary school grades 1-3.  Sparks performers are often joining their first full singing and performance group, so our instructors provide the attention and support they need to learn to take the stage with confidence and poise.  As their skills progress, Sparks performers take on solo and duet work, sing with harmonies and take on real choreography.  Sparks performers sometimes join the Crescendos group for an even bigger sound. The Sparks are probably our most photographed group, just because they are so adorable!

Rehearsals:  Fridays from 4:30-5:30pm

At Aspire, we believe that vocal music instruction can usefully begin at a very early age – as young as 5-6 years old.  In many elementary school music programs, choral singing does not begin until 4th or 5th grade.  Aspire begins working with the youngest age groups, beginning with grades 1-3.  (Students in kindergarten may be accepted after a consultation with the Director.)


Students continue in the recreational track as their skills grow in grades 4-6.


Once students reach the levels for grades 6-8 and 9-12, Aspire Music Academy opens up options for continued singing for fun and enjoyment, but also introduces a more performance-driven track.  Students in the Performance track groups are admitted by audition only.  Students in Performance track groups will have access to more individualized instruction, preparation for auditions, and ability to perform in smaller groups focused on performance.


(Siblings may join a group one year removed from their grade to stay together after consultation with the Director.)


Groups formed each term depend upon enrollment.  When signing up, each student must commit to a full term that ends with a final term performance.  Additional performances may take place throughout the term. 

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