CCC-logo_infoboximage.jpgThe Capital Children’s Choir is a community outreach program for children in Kindergarten through Eighth grade which is sponsored by the College of Music at Florida State University. For more than twenty years, the program has focused on teaching good singing techniques and music to children in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Specifically, children in the choir will learn how to:



  • sing using healthy vocal technique and posture
  • prepare to sing using age-appropriate vocal and physical warm-ups
  • use solfege and Curwen hand signs to understand music
  • sing a variety of music styles in English
  • sing world music selections in several other languages

There are no auditions and no music reading skills needed to participate. Everyone who comes to sing is welcome!

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The Director

The Director of the Capital Children’s Choir program is Dr. Suzanne Rita Byrnes who is a member of the Music Education faculty at FSU. Dr. Byrnes hails from Ottawa, Canada and was the director of the Kansas City Children’s Chorus for 12 years. Graduate and undergraduate music majors at FSU also assist and lead the choirs in various activities.

Dr. Byrnes can be reached by e-mail at

The Choirs

here are three choirs within the program. Each is based on the developmental, academic, and musical needs of the children.

  • Garnet Choir– children in Kindergarten and First Grade.
    • Children do not need to have music or language reading skills to participate.
    • Children must be enrolled in Kindergarten in order to qualify for this choir.
  • Gold Choir– children in Second – Fourth Grades.
    • Children will be expected to have language reading skills to participate. However, music reading skills are not required.
  • Seminole Singers– children in Fifth - Eighth Grades.
    • Children will be expected to have language reading skills to participate. However, music reading skills are not required.

These are Treble Choirs. Therefore, enrollment is open to girls as well as boys who haven’t started the voice change. The Gold and Seminole Choirs will also work and perform joint repertoire.

When and where do the choirs meet?

All students rehearse on Monday evenings in the Kuersteiner Music Building located on Copeland Street. Children can be dropped off and picked up at the entrance to Opperman Music Hall on Convocation way (a map is available by right-clicking on Kuersteiner Music Building, above). As with any activity on the Florida State Campus, parking for choir rehearsals can be a challenge. Please give yourself ample time.

The Garnet Choir (K-1)  5:00-5:45pm
The Gold Choir (2-4) 6:00-7:15pm
The Seminole Singers (5-8) 6:00-7:15pm


The cost for New Members is $25 for the first semester, which includes a t-shirt worn for concerts.
The cost for Returning Members, all students who have previously been a member of the program, is $15 a semester.

There are two ways to join the Children’s Choir:

  1. Download the Registration Form below and send it to the address listed on the form,
  2. Register on-sight before the first rehearsal of the semester. (See Calendar.)

Registration will close at the end of the first week of the new semester – so don’t be late!!

Registration will also be held directly before the FIRST REHEARSAL of each semester. However, please keep in mind that we may have to limit the number of members we accept during the on-sight registration period if pre-registration numbers are high.

Invite a Friend!!!

If you have friends who would like to sing, please invite them to join!! We welcome all new singers, so tell your friends about our program and direct them to our website.

Download your registration form here:


Capital Children's Choir

2019-2020 Calendar

Date Details
9 First Rehearsal & on-site registration: Grades K-1, 5 p.m.; Grades 2-8, 6 p.m. (Registration form above.)
16 Regular rehearsal (2)
23 Regular rehearsal (3)
30 Fall Holiday (districtwide) – NO REHEARSAL
7 Regular rehearsal (4)
14 Teacher Planning/Inservice Day – NO REHEARSAL
21 Regular rehearsal (5)
28 Regular rehearsal (6)
4 Regular rehearsal (7)
11 Veteran's Day – NO REHEARSAL 
18 Regular Rehearsal (8)
25 Thanksgiving Break – NO REHEARSAL
2 Dress Rehearsal (Opperman Music Hall)
9 Concert: Opperman Music Hall, 6:30 p.m. (Call is 5:30 p.m. for all choristers)
27 First Rehearsal & on-site registration: Grades K-1, 5 p.m.; Grades 2-8, 6 p.m. (Registration form above.)
3 Regular rehearsal (2)
10 Regular rehearsal (3)
17 President's Day – NO REHEARSAL
24 Regular rehearsal (4)
2 Regular Rehearsal (5)
9 Regular Rehearsal (6) 
16 FSU & Leon County Schools' Spring Break – NO REHEARSAL
23 Leon County Schools Professional Development Day – NO REHEARSAL
30 Regular rehearsal (7)
6 Regular rehearsal (7)
13 Regular rehearsal (8)
20 Dress Rehearsal (Opperman Music Hall)
27 Concert: Opperman Music Hall, 6:30 p.m. (Call is 5:30 p.m. for all choristers)


Parking and Drop Off


As many of you know, parking at FSU is extremely difficult? While there aren’t many solutions, here are a couple of suggestions.

It is important for students to arrive at rehearsal on time...

You may want to use the CONVENIENT drop-off area behind the Kuersteiner Music Building. Students may be dropped-off before rehearsals and picked-up following rehearsals at the back parking lot outside of Opperman Music Hall (From Tennessee St. turn onto Copeland St. Go one (1) block and turn right (west) onto Call St.; turn left onto Convocation Way, enter the 2nd parking lot on your left). Music students who work with the Capital Children’s Choir program will be waiting at this area to personally escort children to and from the rehearsals:

Garnet drop-off 4:45-5:00 p.m
Garnet pick-up 5:45-6:00 p.m.
Gold/Seminole drop-off 5:45-6:00 p.m.
Gold/Seminole pick-up 7:15-7:30 p.m.


Choristers who arrive AFTER the indicated drop-off times MUST be escorted to the classroom by a parent. After the drop-off time is over, all assistants will be helping in the rehearsals, leaving the drop-off area unattended.

Alternatively, you may choose to park and walk to the Kuersteiner Music Building with your child(ren).

You MAY park in any of the FSU parking lots (they are clearly marked and the gates USUALLY open around 5:00 p.m.). The nearest lots are around the music buildings at the back of KMU & side of HMU) and beside Bill’s Book Store, across the street from Ruby Diamond Concert Hall (Westcott Building).

You may park along Call Street and Park Avenue where parking is allowed (see posted signs). Parking meters remain in effect until 6 p.m.

DO NOT park in the Bill’s Book Store lot as a tow truck runs through the lot on a regular basis.

DO NOT park across the street in the UKirk (PUC/UKIRK) parking lot. This is a private lot and they WILL tow your car (a tow truck runs through the lot several times per hour).

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