Since September 2011, Community Chorus Project, in collaboration with the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has run a two-semester choral program called Saturday Glee Club. Our chorus is comprised of up to 45 young singers, grades 6-9,  who meet each Saturday afternoon. 

Our Director, Ted von Pohle, selects challenging, accesible and relevant repertoire that encompasses musical theatre, vocal jazz, pop, world music and more. The goal is to select music that will be a perfect vehicle through which to teach choral singing, musicality, basic sight reading and healthy vocal technique. Oh, and did we say fun too?!

Ted von Pohle, an experienced chorus teacher and private voice instructor, leads the Glee Club chorus (see staff biographies). Dr. Louise Toppin, Chair of the Department of Music, and a voice professor, advises on all aspects of the program, helping to ensure healthy and effective vocal technique.

What components make our program different, yet complementary, to school-based chorus programs?

  • The opportunity to work with talented and diverse group of students from across our region, who all love to sing!
  • Learning from different voice and chorus teachers gives students a wider educational experience.
  • Singers get to work in a professional university setting, within UNC’s Department of Music.
  • An accelerated learning environment for young people who love to sing. Saturday Glee Club works at a faster, more challenging pace, while still creating a supportive setting.
  • Singers are taught healthy and effective singing technique.  

New and returning students wishing to join the spring 2017 session of Saturday Glee Club are asked to REGISTER and attend a vocal assessment on February 11th. The assessments will be held in Kenan Music Building, part of the Department of Music on the campus of UNC at Chapel Hill. 

During the vocal assessment with our Chorus Director, Ted von Pohle, students will be led in some simple vocal exercises that will help our director assess both their ability to match pitch, and their vocal range. This is a fun process, and not intimidating! Singers will be asked to sing “Happy Birthday,” or may alternatively sing a chorus and a verse of any song of their choice. Students must be at least 11 years old on the day of their vocal assessment.

Each assessment will last around 5 minutes. While we meet some very accomplished singers for the first time at their assessment, it is more common to hear developing voices, and that is what we expect. Our program helps young singers build vocal technique and confidence, and we have seen extraordinary vocal development from participants over their years with the chorus. We are additionally aware that young male voices are in an ongoing, multi-year, state of transition, and help our male singers navigate this journey comfortably. While we do not reject children for vocal reasons, we do reserve the right to not offer a place in the chorus if we feel that the program will not be a good fit, or may ask that singer to wait for a year. The chorus is capped at 45 singers, and therefore enrollment for singers to join the chorus is on a "first come, first served" basis, determined by the order in which singers were registered. 

The program runs on Saturday afternoons from 2:00pm – 4:15pm in the Kenan Music Building on UNC Campus.  The spring semester will run from February 25 - April 29 and our final performance will be on April 30. 

Tuition is $395 for the spring session, payable by check to Community Chorus Project, mailed to 314 Johns Woods Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 or paid online.. A student's place in not confirmed in the program until tuition has been paid in full. Refunds can only be issued on medical grounds, and with a letter from a doctor.

Community Chorus Project has a scholarship fund for students who receive free or reduced school lunches, or whose family provides other evidence of financial need. Families who are applying for a needs-­based scholarship should return the Scholarship Application Form as soon as possible, and in advance of the assessments. Awards are limited, so please apply as early as possible. We strive to ensure the inclusion of all students, and will work with families to ensure this goal.