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Cantate Choral Academy offers opportunities for choral music education for children and youth using the Royal School of Church Music curriculum.
The mission of the Academy is formation for lifelong praise of God through sacred choral music in the Anglican tradition. We seek to equip singers for this mission through music education of the highest quality and engagement of mind, body, and spirit in sacred choral offerings.
We offer two ensembles for children’s voices:
- Laudate Choir – a preparatory choir for grades 1-3
- Cantate Choir - an advanced choir for grades 4-8
These choirs are open to all children and youth in the Omaha area. Each singer and his or her parent/caregiver will meet with the director prior to admission to discuss expectations.
Both choirs will meet on Wednesdays starting at 4:30 p.m., September through May. Each week, choristers will engage in choral singing, musicianship classes, and spiritual formation. Choristers and their families will also share an evening meal each Wednesday. Each choir will sing 3-4 times per semester. Two of these will be Sunday morning services at Trinity Cathedral, and the additional performances will occur at other times as announced. These may include collaborative performances with other performing arts organizations. The schedule for the entire semester will be published in advance. Choir members are expected to participate fully in all choir activities.
The goals of the Academy’s choirs are:
- To encourage high quality liturgical singing by children and youth in the Omaha area
- To supplement musical education and experiences provided in local parishes and schools
- To offer the unique RSCM curriculum which encourages and expects a high level of musical achievement from young people
The RSCM curriculum provides a standardized system of award ribbons signifying achievement of musical milestones through the years of participation. The opportunity to work toward these ribbons, which are worn with the choir vestment in performances, provides motivation for students to achieve higher levels of musical achievement and literacy. RSCM also provides summer courses for older students which feature a week of intensive study and singing at one of several college campuses in the United States. Members of the Academy’s choirs will be eligible to apply for summer courses.
The Academy seeks to make our programming accessible to all. Instead of tuition, we rely on your financial gifts. We ask that participating families donate $25.00 per month per student ($225 per year) to partially cover costs. Additionally, all parents/caregivers are expected to attend a short organizational meeting at the beginning of each semester and provide a simple meal for the Academy choirs twice a year. We also have several volunteer positions available and will be happy to discuss these with you.
The Director of Cantate Choral Academy is Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett, Canon Precentor of Trinity Cathedral. Burnett holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Rice University, a doctorate from The University of the South, and has over 30 years of choral conducting experience. She received the Nebraska Choral Directors Association’s “Outstanding Choral Director of the Year” award in 2011 and Continuo Arts Foundation's national "Music Educator of the Month" award in March 2017. Dr. Burnett will be joined by assisting faculty who will provide instruction and keyboard accompaniment. All faculty and volunteers have completed Safeguarding God’s Children training and are committed to providing a safe, structured, and nurturing educational environment.