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Program Details

Classes Offered


Children’s Voice Class  – Each 70-minute class-time will consist of the following:

  • 20 minutes of full class together doing vocal exercises and singing as an ensemble
  • 25 minutes of individualized vocal lessons in a small group setting (half of class at a time)
  • 25 minutes of music theory instruction and games in small groups at level best suited to each student’s progress
  • Weekly homework will include learning song lyrics, completing fun theory worksheets and practicing sight-singing via a student subscription to a terrific online learning tool.  Expected practice time ranges from 10 to 30 minutes per day, depending on age level (grades 1-6)
  • The option of participation in MTAC’s Certificate of Merit program along with this class is available to students registering in Fall Session beginning in September.

Vocal Workshop for Teens  – Each 70-minute class-time will include the following:

  • Working on vocal technique in solo and group context in a fun, affirming environment
  • Using an online software subscription in class and at home, as well as other methods to develop and improve sight-singing skills
  • Music Theory instruction to gain a firm grasp of music fundamentals
  • Emphasis for all facets of instruction is on individualized personal improvement
  • The option of participation in MTAC’s Certificate of Merit program along with this class is available to students registering in Fall Session beginning in September.

The 70 minute-class each week will fly by, as students will find it challenging and fun at the same time! Click Here to register!


Advanced Treble Ensemble – Open to girls in grades 8-12, by audition.

This ensemble is for the more advanced singers in terms of vocal technique as well as sight-reading experience.  The expectation is that members of this group will be at level 3 or higher in the Certificate of Merit curriculum or equivalent.  If in doubt regarding theory level, girls are encouraged to audition and take a theory placement test.  Contact for more information.

FAVA Chamber Choir – Mixed Choir (SATB) open to grades 8 through Adult, by audition.

This will be a smaller group of approximately 20-24 singers selected primarily for choral balance, vocal tone, and sight-reading ability. Chamber Choir will also serve as the core of the larger Festival Chorus.

Festival Chorus – Mixed Choir (SATB) open to adult singers.

This choir provides a good opportunity for people who enjoy choral singing but do not have time to commit to weekly rehearsals and (much) practicing at home. For more information about choirs for adults and teens, please contact the director, Dianne Harmel at

Registration, Dates & Fees

Class size will be limited for Children’s Voice and Vocal Workshop for Teens to allow for adequate individual attention to voice technique and music theory skills.

To secure a place in Children’s Voice or Vocal Workshop for Teens, please pre-register by sending registration form and non-refundable $50 deposit (check payable to “FAVA”)  to FAVA, PO Box 766, Sierra Madre, CA 91025. The balance will be due on 2/2/2017.

Click Here to register!

Classes will be held in two 15-week semesters:

Fall: 9/25/16 – 1/29/17 (with 4-week holiday break)

Spring: 2/5/17 – 5/21/17 (with 1-week spring break on 4/16/17)

Fees per 15-Week Semester (due first week of class):

Children’s Voice Class & Vocal Workshop for Teens : $295 (incl. $50 deposit)

Materials Fee for voice classes. Students beginning in Fall: $38, beginning in Spring: $25

Advanced Treble Ensemble : $60

FAVA Chamber Choir : $60

FAVA Festival Chorus : $60

Note: If an individual is in multiple ensembles/choirs, total fee for choir participation is $70.


Scholarships: Partial scholarships are available on a financial-need basis.  To apply for a scholarship, email and request a scholarship application.


January 29: End of Fall Session Solo Recital Time TBD (email director for updated information)

February 5: Beginning of Spring Session.  New students are welcome to join!

April 8 or 9 (TBD): Old Fashioned Musical Revue and Ice Cream Social event.  Fun times, fun music.

April 16 – No class on Easter Sunday

May 21 – FAVA Spring Concert 7:00pm


? Questions ?

If you have questions regarding curriculum, auditions, fees, or anything else related to FAVA’s Children’s Voice Class, Vocal Workshop for Teens or any of the teen/adult choirs, please email Dianne Harmel at