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F.A.Q.s

Can I check out a FAVA rehearsal before committing to the tuition payment?

Absolutely! Guests are welcome to observe and participate in our classes. Payment is due by the end of the second class attended.

Can new students join mid-session?

Students are permitted to join once a session has already started at the discretion of the director.

What is the benefit of group voice lessons versus individual private lessons?

While group lessons cannot provide the specific, individualized training available in private lessons, there are some definite benefits to the group approach. First of all, basic singing techniques can be taught in a group setting for a fraction of the cost of private lessons. Second, the group interaction in a voice class is fun for the participants. Students become each other’s cheerleaders. They develop self-confidence and become accustomed to singing in front of others.

Are individual private lessons available?

FAVA is not currently offering private instruction; however, our Music Director, Dianne Harmel offers FAVA students a reduced rate for individual lessons in her private studio.

What kinds of music will be included in the program?

Choir and voice class selections will include sacred and secular songs from classical to contemporary genres.

Are FAVA charges reasonable?

Yes! Googling comparable non-profit music programs shows that our cost  is much less than going rate. Scholarships are also available!

Is FAVA a religious organization?

No. FAVA is an independent secular organization. We welcome all students, regardless of religious belief. However, many of our performing venues are Christian churches, and some of our choir songs will be based on sacred texts.

We are grateful to Sierra Madre Congregational Church for allowing us to use their facilities. However, we are not a ministry of SMCC or any other church.

How often will students perform?

FAVA is not a performance-driven organization. While performing is an important component of the program, FAVA staff recognize that students have busy lives which may preclude involvement in choir with a heavy performance schedule. There will be at least one concert per semester and additional recitals that students may elect to participate in.

Why is FAVA organized as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation?

The 501(c)(3) status, which was approved by the IRS in February 2007, is important to provide accountability and continuity. Additionally, with this status, FAVA is eligible for grants and tax-deductible donations. These funds are necessary to cover operating expenses and to expand the scope of the program.