Pacific University Choir Project

The Pacific University Choir Project is a partnership between college students’ learning how to teach and school-aged students learning how to sing in group settings. Through this partnership, the preparation of choir teachers is improved while the number of young singers is increased, both positively affecting the quality of available educational opportunities in the community.

Our Mission Statement

The Pacific University Choir Project is dedicated to:

  • Improving the quality of choir teachers’ preparation through integrated learning.
  • Providing quality and affordable vocal and choral education to school-age students of all socio-economic and racial backgrounds.
  • Enhancing the quality of life in the community.

For Our Students and Parents

Students in 2nd through 12th grade learn how to explore and control their voices from our teachers-in-preparation and our master teacher. Students receive instruction in group classes and in individual lessons. Each meeting every week for 10 weeks will enable students to progress from a beginner to an intermediate and advanced vocalist. Each semester, students perform in two public performances here at Pacific University.

We offer numerous ways for our students to grow as musicians such as:

  • Elementary Choir 
  • Middle School Choir
  • High School Choir
  • Private lessons

For Our Teachers

The teachers in Choir Project are college students who are interested in learning to teach younger students how to sing. Student-teachers in Choir Project take pedagogy classes and meet regularly with the master teacher, who supervises and advises their weekly classes. They are actively involved in recruitment and communication with parents and they help plan public performances each semester.

Students are paid for their preparation and teaching time, and they gain experience and develop their expertise in teaching music in learning environments that mimic public school choirs. The Choir Project at Pacific University is open to ALL students who are in one of Pacific University's choirs, regardless of major/minor.

Spring 2021 Schedule

Students' health and safety is our highest priority, and for that reason, we have decided to offer Choir Project group classes as well as private lessons online. We will conduct our classes and private lessons via Zoom. To ensure the quality of instruction, all Choir Project group classes will be taught by a professional choir teacher and student teachers. Private lessons will be taught by student teachers. Our semester will be ten weeks long.  

Elementary Choir: This class should be taken by students attending K-5th grade. (2/1/21-4/19/21) M 4-4:50pm Fee: $80.00

Middle School Choir: This class should be taken by students attending 6th-8th grade. (2/1/21-4/19/21) M 4-4:50pm Fee: $80.00 

High School Choir: This class should be taken by students attending 9th-12th grade. (2/1/21-4/19/21) M 5-5:50pm Fee: $80.00



    Contact Us

    Dorothy Van Dyke | Master Teacher

    Dr. Dijana Ihas, PhD | Program Director/Master Teacher | 514-513-7804