The Gloria Home-School Choir is an organization of home-schooled singers ranging in age from 12
years and up. Our purpose is to glorify God through skillful and artistic music presentations while teaching our students the art of proper singing and musicianship. The director is Dennis Baldridge; accompanist, Jane Baldridge.
Our repertoire will be a selection of classical, sacred, patriotic and folk songs performed in a manner
that reflects the order, design and glory of our Creator. Future performance opportunities may include
a variety of venues such as retirement homes, community events, and participation in the radio station WCNP concert series.
- The choir is limited to students age 12 and up, who can already read music and sing on pitch. Students younger than 12 with notable musical background or skills will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- We sing mostly in English, but occasionally use easy songs in a foreign language such as Latin or German. (No previous language study is required.)
- We try to use as much public domain (free) music as possible. We would request a donation of $15 dues per member with a maximum of $40/family to help cover music and facility fees. All music will remain the property of the director.
- Students who sang with us in the Spring of 2017 are still considered members of the choir. New members will be asked to audition on familiar songs. (Auditions dates to be announced.)
- Home-school graduates are encouraged and welcome to participate.
- A choir is a unified group effort. Therefore, it is assumed that all choir members commit to attendance at all rehearsals.
- Rehearsals will begin promptly with vocal training and warm-ups designed to emphasize specific aspects of musicianship needed for the music to be rehearsed.
- Rehearsals are designed to be educational and engaging. Participants will be expected to be attentive for the duration of the rehearsal.
Please submit one application for each participant as soon as possible, but no later than September 1, 2017, so we can evaluate the response and order music. For more information, you may e-mail or call Dennis or Jane at baldridge7 AT gmail DOT com. Please submit an application only if you were not a member of the 2017 Gloria choir. A vocal audition is required and the new guidelines are here.
Dennis Baldridge graduated in in 1976 from Olivet University, Bourbonnais, IL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education (Applied Majors: Piano and Trombone). He has a MAE in Education from Olivet University and a PhD in Church Music from Louisiana Baptist University.
Dennis has studied privately with Jay Friedman and Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Madison, LaCrosse and Kankakee (IL) Symphonies. His conducting experience includes church choirs, instrumental ensembles, student string orchestras, and teaching conducting for Verity Institute. Annually, Dennis & Jane teach a choral workshop in Louisiana at Ezekiel School. In 2012, Dennis participated in a Choral Conducting Symposium at the University of Michigan, a nationally recognized organization in the field of choral music.
Jane Baldridge graduated magna cum laude in 1976 from Olivet University, Bourbonnais, IL with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education (Applied Major: Piano). She has over 35 years experience teaching piano, accompanying and serving as church pianist. From 2002-2009, she traveled yearly to Indianapolis, IN, teaching one-week workshops in piano pedagogy, hymn improvisation and music history at the International Academy of Music. She currently teaches a yearly two-week piano pedagogy workshop at Verity Institute in Indianapolis. A member of the La Crosse Area Music Teachers Association and affiliated national and state organizations (WMTA, MTNA), Jane enjoys attending workshops and conventions, gleaning new ideas and improving her teaching and performing
skills. She holds the professional title “Nationally Certified Teacher of Music” (NCTM), from the Music Teacher’s National Association. She also serves as organist at her church, and is a member of the American Guild of Organists.
“I wish to see all arts, principally music, in the service of Him who gave and created them. Music is a fair and glorious gift of God. I would not for the world forego my humble share of music. Singers are never sorrowful, but are merry, and smile through their troubles in song. Music makes people kinder, gentler, more staid and reasonable. I am strongly persuaded that after theology there is no art than can be placed on a level with music; for besides theology, music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart… the devil flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God.”