The COHC was begun in the winter of 2008 (as the Delaware Homeschool Choir) to answer a need in the homeschool community for a quality, affordable singing experience in the Delaware, Ohio area. Christine Hiester became the director in the fall of 2008 when the original director relocated with his family to another part of the country. Though the original make up of the choir included only two treble voice choirs for ages 6 through 12, Mrs. Hiester added a third choir, a mixed ensemble for older children and teens, in the fall of 2009 and expanded the age of the youngest choir to include 5 ½ year olds.
COHC meets in Sanborn Hall on the beautiful campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
The youngest singers begin in the Gloria Singers, a choir for children 5 ½ to 7 years old. This choir functions as both music class and training choir, preparing the children for more intensive work as they grow and mature. Their time in this choir is filled with simple exercises in keeping a steady beat and singing in head voice, as well as training in solfege and rhythm skills. The singers use instruments, play musical games, recite poems as part of their rhythmic training, and learn the basics of singing including proper posture, respiration, phonation and articulation. The repertoire for the Gloria Singers is simple, developmentally-appropriate for their young voices, and is primarily unison or basic canons learned by rote. The choir sings traditional songs, folk songs and spirituals, and joins in with the older groups for combined songs in concert.
Children from 8-12 years old join the Jubilate Singers. This choir is treble only and continues to progress in vocal and musical skills. Typically consisting of more than 40 singers, this group works on more difficult repertoire, while still maintaining the educational enrichment of the younger choir. Children focus more on solfege and rhythmic training and begin to read music instead of learning only by rote. Activities are varied and fun, relying on games and friendly competition to keep the rehearsal exciting. Vocal training is also more intense and singers learn proper classical technique through vocalises, demonstration, and constant reinforcement by the director. Songs include spirituals, classical rounds and melodies, folk songs, and popular children's songs with an emphasis on learning to listen intentionally and sing in more than one part.
The Alleluia Singers is a group of 12-18 year old youth (and occasionally 11-year-old boys with changing voices). The training element of this choir includes working with mixed voices (primarily soprano, alto, and baritone) and learning to sing more comfortably in multiple parts. Significant attention is still placed on ear training as well as learning solfege and rhythmic language, while also helping these young singers understand their maturing voices. Vocal training is a major element of this choir, and thus the young men and women meet for a large part of each rehearsal separately. This group continues to learn to read music using exercises in written notation, and uses sheet music for many of its selections to reinforce the skills learned in the previous choir.
Registration forms can be found on the Member Page.