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Parent Information for City of Palms Youth Choir 2018-19

The City of Palms Youth Choir, an educational outreach of the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, held its first auditions during the summer of 2016. In its first two seasons,CPYC performed several world premieres of contemporary choral works, including a composition commissioned solely for the CPYC (Thomas LaVoy). The choir has also received invitations to perform nationally and internationally. Now in our third season, our concert schedule is more diverse. Based on choristers’ feedback and their desire to “give back”, we have included opportunities to sing at the Golisano Children’s Hospital, senior living and/or physical rehabilitation facilities in addition to community and area performances.

While CPYC is an outreach of the Mastersingers, we are increasing our independence financially and experientially. CPYC will collaborate with other organizations this year to enhance each of our Missions. One of our collaborations will include work with the Creative Theater Workshop. We will also have a presence at local Arts Fairs.

This year we will host our first major event – the CABARET – at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater/Royal Palm Theater, November 13th. The event will be a splash of theater, music, & art. Your help in promoting & supporting the event through ticket sales and/or auction items will be appreciated. More information coming soon!

CPYC is facilitated by an Advisory Board that meets throughout the year. We are seeking additional members for the Board who share a common love of the arts and will actively promote the City of Palms Youth Choir. Parents, community & business leaders are welcome. Please contact us.

Welcome – and welcome back – to CPYC!


  • Weekly rehearsals provide the foundation, technique and performance skills required. Text or call Matt if your chorister will NOT be at rehearsal.


  • Everyone’s voices together create the tapestry that becomes the performance. While we know that other extracurricular activities may overlap, your chorister’s attendance at every performance is important.

Uniform/Dress Code:

  • The Chorale/concert choir UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS

WOMEN – Dress available at “Amelie #8595″ style, black dress shoes with no more than 1” heel. Be sure to order the pearl necklace if you do not have one.

MEN – Full black tuxedo: Jacket, pants, bow tie, cummerbund, white wing-tip, pleated shirt, black socks, black dress shoes



GIRLS – black slacks or black skirts (skirts must be knee-length, tea length or maxi; skirts above the knee will not be approved), white blouses; no scarves or neckwear, including vests; black dress shoes with no more than 1″ heel. We have pictures we can show you for clarification.

BOYS – Black slacks and white dress shirt, long or short sleeve. Tuxedos are also welcome.


Rehearsals: (parents)

With our new – and larger – location this year, we are pleased to offer parents the opportunity to sit in on rehearsals. For this to be a successful partnership we invite you to: bring a good book to read; catch up on social media(on silent mode) and/or listen to the children rehears. We ask that you:

  1. sit toward the back of the sanctuary
  2. keep phones on silent mode and take any calls outside the rehearsal area
  3. observe a “silence please” atmosphere while in the sanctuary – parents who wish to get acquainted are invited to join us in the narthex, outside the rehearsal area
  4. not bring young siblings into the rehearsal area 


Rehearsals: (choristers)

Weekly practices help build the camaraderie of the group while primarily fleshing out the nuances of each choral work they will perform. We know that our choristers are involved in multiple activities that can result in schedule conflicts. Let Matt know of any conflicts as soon as possible. We are often able to collaborate with teachers/directors to maximize your time and still meet expectations of both groups


Choristers should wear comfortable clothing, appropriate (respectful) for church, to weekly practices. Appropriate means no short shorts, tanks, tube tops, muscle shirts or midriff tops.

>>>Remember to bring: black music folder, pencil, water bottle (with secure lid).


We do ask that each chorister and parent make sure to collect all of their belongings after each rehearsal. New Hope is providing their facilities at no charge to us. We want to be good stewards of that gift. Thank you!



Music is assigned to each chorister and is part of their responsibility throughout the season. From time to time, new music will be distributed and music no longer performed will be collected. Parents and choristers are responsible for returning music when requested or a fee will be applied to cover the costs. A complete listing of music will be posted on our website. We will do some spot checks periodically. I


Sam Johnson of PBS Studios will be our official photographer for the season. He will take candid and group photos which may be available for purchase if you wish. Formal photographs of the choir will be taken October 16th. Please have concert attire ordered no later than September 30th.



  • The Ft. Myers Symphonic Mastersingers is the parent organization for the Youth Choir. To help offset some of the additional costs for the youth choir, FMSM would appreciate parents’ assistance in securing additional program ads. The program books are distributed at each performance. Ad campaign runs through October 1. All ads should be mailed to the address provided on the ad order form.


  • Youth Choir will host its first major event in November – CABARET at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. Items for silent auction are appreciated. Please bring items to rehearsal during October. Tickets will go on sale in October.



Some concerts may require advance ticketing. Please see the concert schedule for specific ticketing information. This will be updated as we are given additional information. 



Stephanie Webb, Advisory Board                Matt Koller, Director 


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The Honorable Randall P. Henderson, Mayor of Fort Myers
Mrs. Meg Geltner, Executive Director of PACE, Fort Myers