Rushingbrook Children’s Choir
In 1995 David Rasbach had a career-altering experience: he attended his first Indianapolis Children’s Choir Concert! One evening while driving his car he heard an announcement on the radio for an ICC concert being held that evening at a local church. As a transplant from PA, he hadn’t yet heard of ICC nor of its world-class status! On a whim, he turned his car around, drove to the church and arrived just in time for the concert. “I didn’t fully realize until that night what heights of musicianship “normal” children could reach,” he remembered. Inspired by what he heard, he began attending ICC rehearsals at Butler University to observe Henry Leck, ICC Director, work his magic with his eager singers, and he began wondering why such fine, mature singing by children should be so rare.
Soon, Mr. Rasbach founded Rushingbrook Children’s Choir for the purpose of introducing fine choral music and artful singing to Christian children and young people, but with an emphasis on singing for a deeper purpose: the glory of our God. The choir quickly grew from a mere thirteen brave, pioneering children to more than one hundred choristers in a just a few short years. Spring and fall concerts were held at churches and various other Indianapolis area venues, including appearances at the National Home-School Convention. The highlight of each season was the Christmas at the State House concert held annually in the magnificent rotunda of the Indiana State House, where the choristers experienced the rare thrill of singing in an acoustically “live” space.
In 2002, Mr. Rasbach moved to Greenville, SC, where he began teaching on the faculty of Bob Jones University directing the pre-college choirs.
Our New Beginning
Now, after more than a decade since directing Rushingbrook Children’s Choir, Mr. Rasbach is focusing full-time on Rushingbrook and on re-establishing Rushingbrook Children’s Choir in Greenville, SC. He hopes RCC will be of special interest to home-schoolers as a music education and performance opportunity, and the music theory emphasis should be a valuable supplement to the education of music students of any age.
Make a difference
You can make a difference in a child’s life by encouraging the gift of music! Early participation in good music will help shape a person’s appreciation of music for a lifetime. Also, a child’s learning to sing well will only enhance the musical expression of the worship services of our churches as these children participate in congregational singing, in church choir, and later, as they become church leaders.
Singing is basic to all musical expression–even instrumental music has its roots in song. Instrumentalists should be able to sing first what they intend to play, since their instruments should be thought of as an extension of their voices. Students who learn to sing expressively will be more readily able to transfer that musical understanding to the artistic playing of their chosen instruments. What person does not love to hear a violin “sing!”
RCC choristers will experience artful singing, but they will also learn the fundamentals of music theory through weekly theory lessons and written exercises. This basic understanding of how music works can be augmented through optional music theory classes offered by Rushingbrook throughout the year. These classes are also open to adults, so parents may want to learn more about the inner workings of music along with their children.
So, do you know of children who love to sing, or of children who play an instrument whose playing would benefit from learning to sing well? Please encourage them to be a part of Rushingbrook Children’s Choir in Greenville, SC. We plan to have a graded choir system offering a range of choral opportunities for beginners through advanced choristers, and “Rushingbrook Singers” for young adults ages sixteen through college years. For now, however, RCC choristers, ages seven through fifteen, will all learn together. We are currently accepting new applications for the up-coming 2016 Fall Season. For more details, please see our Audition Brochure. Then, begin the simple audition process by completing the Online Application.
We look forward to hearing from you very soon! Please don’t delay! Auditions for the 2016 Fall Session are being held now through September 9th.