Important Alert!

Hear Oberlin Choristers 2020-2021 plans from Executive Director, Christopher Neely! We can't wait to see YOU this season!

Hear Oberlin Choristers 2020-2021 plans from Executive Director, Christopher Neely! We can't wait to see YOU this season!

Hear Oberlin Choristers 2020-2021 plans from Executive Director, Christopher Neely! We can't wait to see YOU this season!

Hear Oberlin Choristers 2020-2021 plans from Executive Director, Christopher Neely! We can't wait to see YOU this season!

Hear Oberlin Choristers 2020-2021 plans from Executive Director, Christopher Neely! We can't wait to see YOU this season!

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Oberlin Choristers
39 S Main St, Ste 242
Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: 440-774-4079

Bella Musica 20-21


In the ever-changing landscape, Oberlin Choristers rehearsals and events will adjust to offer new and surprising ways to create music as a community. Each conductor has plans to educate and inspire their singers. A special note from Mrs. Orr is included below outlining their season plan.

We have endeavored to include as much information as possible and will continue to communicate regularly with families as you register. Oberlin Chorister staff is continually monitoring the CDC guidelines and will make changes to the 2020-21 season as needed to comply with safety guidelines.

All singers participating in in-person Oberlin Choristers activities need to wear a mask at all times.

We hope you will join us for our 2020-2021 season!

Bella Musica is composed of female singers in grades 7-9 who desire an advanced treble choral experience. This choir has a culture of passionate singing, hard work, artistic and engaging performances, and a supportive, fun environment to learn. Sight reading instruction is part of the weekly rehearsal.

Bella Musica (beautiful music) is learning music from around the globe that helps teach varied vocal styles and sounds and opening the world through song.

Signers new to Bella Musica will be invited to a special Zoom session in late August to meet each other and Mrs. Van Scyoc.

Bella Musica 20-21 season tuition:

$332 (reduced for the 20-21 season)

2020-21 Uniform:

Each singer will receive a 2020-21 season t-shirt. No formal uniforms will be ordered this season.


Oberlin Chorister staff is working on locations based on our distancing needs.

Rehearsal times are for reference only.

  • Times will be adjusted to accomodate group sizing and scheduling ability.
  • Hybrid option singers will be divided into groups of 10 that will rehearse in person (masked & socially distanced) for 30 minutes each. These rehearsals will be available live via Zoom.
  • Virtual option singers will attend each weekly small group rehearsal via Zoom
  • In the event we have multiple groups for a choir, we hope to be able to make all group sessions available live via Zoom.
  • A virtual singer could attend multiple sessions in one evening. A hybrid singer could attend their in person group and additional groups via Zoom that same evening.

A note from Mrs. Van Scyoc:

This fall Bella Musica will begin with a few introductory Zoom sessions and then move to in-person rehearsals, wearing masks and keeping social distancing. To achieve a well-rounded, engaging music education we will include:

  • Vocal Training/Technique
  • Sight Reading/Singing – using variety of materials to enhance music reading skills
  • Music Theory – Knowledge will be assessed and expanded upon
  • Composers Background/Study – Zoom sessions with composers of the literature we are studying/singing to learn more about their compositions
  • Rhythm Training
  • Choral Skills – Posture, Breath, Phonation, Resonance, Vowels, and Consonants (Diction)
  • Possible Collaboration with Baldwin Wallace Women’s Chorus and Ensemble Building


When & Where Tuition  
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sep 14, 2020 - Apr 26, 2021
$332 Register


Lisa Van Scyoc

Lisa Van Scyoc

Lisa Van Scyoc is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University. Lisa currently is a Student Teacher Supervisor on the Music Education faculty at Baldwin Wallace University. She recently was an Adjunct Faculty member of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and also served as Field Experience Coordinator. Lisa retired from teaching music in the Lakewood City Schools and was the Director of Music at Christ United Methodist Church in Cleveland for 24 years. Lisa was the Touring Choir accompanist from 2008-2010 and was the Cantate Musica Director from 2010 to 2017. This is her first season as the Canterra Musica Director. Lisa taught Music for Elementary Education Majors at Baldwin Wallace University from 1996-2002 and also enjoyed singing professionally with the Robert Page/Cleveland Singers from 1990-2003. Lisa is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Ohio Music Educators Association, and the Cleveland Kodaly and Orff Chapters. She lives in Avon Lake where she teaches private voice lessons, accompanies for choral concerts, and is also the Vocal Music Director for the Avon Lake High School musicals.

financial aid

Oberlin Choristers is committed to providing our outstanding programming to all interested singers and work to eliminate financial barriers. Through generous donations from our individual, corporate, and foundation sponsors, we are able to provide financial aid when needed.

There are many unique situations and many ways we can help. Please contact our office to find out more about what kinds of assistance is available.

Our Financial Aid is available to any singer that applies. If your singer qualifies for free or reduced lunches at school, then they are a great candidate for our financial aid award!

Financial Aid is awarded by a confidential subcommittee of our Board of Directors. They review all applications and award the amount based on the need. Please note, the non-refundable deposit cannot be covered by Financial Aid.

Requirements to be considered:

  • Register your singer and pay the non-refundable deposit.
  • Submit our Financial Aid Request form.
  • Provide a copy of your most recent tax return, or other documentation, which proves your household’s income for the current calendar year (or previous tax year).

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