Children’s Choirs & DRUM Program

The Children’s program is open to children who have completed Kindergarten through completed Grade 5 or 6. All children should attend the following rehearsals:

  • Sunday: 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Monday through Thursday: 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Monday through Wednesday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Children’s Concert (Thursday): 1:30 p.m.

Age requirements

  • Younger Elementary Choir — completed Kindergarten through completed Grade 2
  • Older Elementary Choir — completed Grade 3 through completed Grade 5 or 6
  • DRUM — completed Grade 4 through completed Grade 5 or 6

Children must be registered for the appropriate grade level ensemble. We have contracted with clinicians for specific grade levels, and we must honor those contracts.

In many places, sixth graders are enrolled in Middle School, but not all are ready vocally or socially for the Middle High Choir. Some prefer to spend another year in the Children’s Choir or DRUM program. The parent and/or choir director can make the best decision about these participants.

NOTE: Sixth graders who participate in the Older Elementary Choir or DRUM must be signed in and out of the Wilson Children’s Complex by a parent or chaperone. Sixth graders who participate in the Middle School Choir are assumed mature enough to find their way to and from the choir.

Afternoon activities

The children’s program includes afternoon activities from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, beginning with a Talent Time Assembly each afternoon. Following this daily assembly, children will be divided into small groups to participate in engaging, hands-on enrichment activities, including drum/Orff, hand chimes, interactive Bible lessons, Godsticks, crafts and outside play.

The afternoon rotations are optional and parents may sign their children out of the Children’s Building at 2:30 p.m. if they desire. Please inform the Children’s Building Manager in advance if this is the case.

NEW in 2018: Talent Time – The 2:30 rotation time will begin with an assembly for all children. This assembly will include time for all children to share their individual talents. Any child that sings, plays an instrument, dances, juggles, does magic tricks, or anything else can prepare a 1.5 minute act/piece to share. We will provide a keyboard, CD player, and microphone. We hope each child takes the opportunity to share a favorite act/piece with their peers during Music Week, so practice and come prepared.

NOTE: Participation in the Tuesday Night Youth Talent Show will be limited to those who are registered for the Middle and Senior High Choirs.

Preschool Program

Preschool Day Care is no longer offered by Lake Junaluska staff as in previous years. If this would be essential to your participation, please contact Joan Wooden and advise us of your need. We will make efforts to address this as much as possible.

Child safety

In order to create a safer environment for our children, all children must be signed in and out of the Wilson’s Children Complex by a parent or chaperone wearing an official event name tag. This is required every time the child arrives or leaves. This will be difficult if the parent/chaperone is also enrolled in another performing group (Adult or Chamber Choir, Handbell Choir, Dance rehearsals). Children must have a parent or chaperone available before and after rehearsals.

Medical Form
2018 Medical Form – Each child will need a form on file. Please complete this form in advance and return it as noted on the form.

Parents and Chaperones
There is an Orientation Session offered on Sunday at 5 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. All parents and chaperones are highly encouraged to attend one of these meetings, especially if you are a first-time attendee.

What do I need to bring?

  • Concert Attire (Thursday afternoon)
    • Summer casual clothes are appropriate, though some children like to dress up a bit.


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