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-Four choirs in two great neighborhoods 


The Grandville Neighborhood Girls Choirs program ("GNGC") is located in two regions and designed for  3rd through 5th grade girls.  The "SOUTHWEST" GNGC singers attend (1) Southwest Academy-Bilingual, (2) Cesar E. Chavez Elementary, and (3) Buchanan Elementary.  The "SOUTHEAST GNGC singers is for girls who attend Campus Elementary.  All four schools are in the Grand Rapids Public Schools district.   GCA is proud to have partnered since 1999 with GRPS to provide this vibrant and growing neighborhood after school music program that is tuition-free, due to the generosity of local business, foundations and private donors!  

The Grandville Neighborhood Girls Choirs  serve girls in urban Grand Rapids with emphasis placed on inspiring vocal music in a positive atmosphere. The repertoire is varied and includes Hispanic folk songs, jazz, classical and gospel tunes.  In addition to weekly rehearsals,  students perform in three (3) major concerts a year, as well as small performance opportunities in their communities.   Girls enjoy going on special field trips which in the past have included outings to local orchard, museums and musical performances around the City of Grand Rapids, touring local colleges, and an end of season performances out of town in cities like Chicago.   GCA relies heavily on volunteers to make special opportunities possible; choir fundraising events, and parents and guardians are encouraged to get involved and their dedication is greatly appreciated by the GCA staff! 

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Buchanan Elementary  

Rehearsal information: Music Room on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM

Cost: $0/ Tuition Free Program 

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Southeast Campus Elementary  

Rehearsal information: Music Room on Wednesdays from 3:45 -5:15 PM

Cost: $0/ Tuition Free Program 

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Cesar E. Chavez Elementary  

Rehearsal information: Music Room on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM 

Cost: $0/ Tuition Free Program 

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Southwest Academy-Bilingual 

Rehearsal information: Music Room on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 PM​

Cost: $0/ Tuition Free Program 

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GCA also has choirs located in the downtown region.  The "Downtown Choirs" are a tuition based program.  Program fees are show below.  We understand that financial circumstances can be a barrier, and offer scholarship applications to ensure that every girl has the opportunity to participate in our program. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.   GCA's Downtown Choirs program provides music education, performances,  social events and travel opportunities for girls in grades 1-12. To ensure that each student is placed in a choir that best fits their age and ability, we conduct vocal evaluations for students in 3rd grade and above.  The seasons runs from September-May, and rehearsals take place in the Choir Room located in the lower level of First United Methodist Church, 227 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.  

                  JUNIOR ACADEMY I CHOIR - $58/month

This choir features 1st-3rd graders 

They rehearse weekly on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:45 PM at FUMC.

JAI provides beginning level vocal instruction and literacy.

Through songs and games, singers will be introduced to foundational musicianship skills. 



                   JUNIOR ACADEMY II CHOIR - $70/month 

This choir welcomes advanced 3rd graders, 4th and 5th graders directed by Ms. Erica Soto. 

They rehearse weekly on Tuesdays  from 5:50-7:20 PM at FUMC. 

Singers in this ensemble learn to understand their own voices through ensemble singing, solo opportunities,  sight reading and  performance skill training.  


                  SENIOR ACADEMY CHOIR - $70/month

The Senior Academy program is designed for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. 

Their weekly rehearsals take place on Mondays from 5:30-7:00 PM.   

This choir is directed by Ms. Avalon Cutts-Jones.  

This includes a GCA performance t-shirt and any social and education outings and field trips.  

                    THE CONCERT CHOIR - $70/month 

Concert Choir rehearsals is designed for students 8th - 12 grade who

demonstrate good vocal technique and music reading skills. 

Their weekly rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7:05-8:35 PM   

This choir is directed by Ms. Avalon Cutts-Jones

This includes a GCA performance t-shirt, any social or educational outings and field trips.  

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