What Do You Need To Know About ETC
Q : What is ETC?
A : ETC, School of Musical Arts is a non-profit organization providing musical instruction in ensemble singing and dancing, as well as private and small group lessons. We have three performing ensembles, The All Americans (grades 9-12), The Main Street Singers (grades 6-8), and The New Generation (grades 3 -5).
Q : What do these groups do?
A: All of our groups have weekly rehearsals and a summer workshop/camp. During these sessions, they learn and rehearse a program of advanced choral music, coupled with choreography. They work with our professional staff and at times featured instructors are brought in from around the country. All our
groups perform in ETC sponsored concerts (Fall and Spring), various community performances, and selected competitions, locally and regionally.
Q : What are the costs associated with membership in ETC?
A: All students pay a tuition of $350 for the year. This fee is used to help cover the operating costs of the organization. For The New Generation, this tuition also covers all costuming and competition fees for the year. Our other ensembles have a costume fee and travel fee, which varies by group. A reasonable costume estimate for the coming season is Main Street – $275 and All Americans – $475. This fee includes all formal and informal costuming. You will also be required to pay for any necessary undergarments, make-up and shoes. We will keep this cost to a minimum by making group purchases on your behalf. We also depend on revenue from ETC events to help with organizational expenses, in lieu of asking a higher tuition. Minimum ticket requirements will be stated for the Fall and Spring Shows and two of our events (ex. Golf Outing and Night at the Races).
Q : Does my child need to attend everything?
A: Yes. However, we realize there will be conflicts (family, school, church, etc) and some absences may be necessary. We do ask that you provide reasonable notice ahead of time and that you consider the time requirement when becoming involved in other non-school activities. The level of excellence expected of ETC ensembles requires a certain amount of commitment and hopefully we can make this a fulfilling experience.
Q: Who can audition for ETC?
A: Anyone who is in the appropriate grade for the group for which he or she is auditioning is welcome to audition. There are no geographic boundaries for participating in the group as long as one is able to get to rehearsals and events.
Q: Do you have to have taken voice and/or dance lessons to be in ETC?
A: ETC members are not required to take dance and/or voice lessons.
Q: How do you decide how many members will be in each group?
A: The maximum is determined by vocal balance, choreography, and space on stage.
Q: How often do we rehearse, and for how long?
A: Main Street and New Generation rehearse on Saturdays throughout the year. Sunday afternoons are reserved for the All Americans. Additional rehearsals are held early in the season and before competitions or Spring Gala as the Musical Director deems necessary.
New Generation rehearsals are between 1:00 and 3:30 on Saturdays.
Main Street rehearsals are from 9:00am and 12:00 pm on Saturdays.
All-Americans rehearsals are 1:30pm -5:30pm on Sundays. (varies depending on time of year)
Q: Are there scholarships available?
A: ETC has a limited number of partial scholarships provided through the support of the GAR Foundation and the ETC Foundation and generous local donors. Applications can be submitted following acceptance into the performing groups. For more information regarding scholarships, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How do fundraisers work?
A: ETC sponsors many fundraising events, These include working concession stands at Blossom Music Center, Akron University, Valet parking cars at the Firestone Gold Tournament and seeking sponsors and donors as a part of our donor/ad program. ETC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and can provide tax deductions to those who support us. ETC also sponsors two performance events, a Golf Outing, and a Night at the Races to provide general support for the organization.
Q: What is the ETC Season?
A: Following auditions at the end of May and summer camps in June, we follow a regular routine of scheduled rehearsals. The performance season begins with outdoor summer concerts and public performances, a formal Fall Show, and a Christmas concert in December. The competition season begins in late January and continues through the end of March. Our annual Spring Gala brings the season to a grand finale in early May, honoring both current members and alumni of the organization.