Singers in Melodia are introduced to a traditional choir rehearsal format, with a focus on rehearsing choral music and developing vocal technique. The choir sings in unison (one part) and is introduced to the exciting skill of singing songs in multiple parts by learning two-part rounds. Melodia singers learn foundational singing technique, and develop sight-singing and ear training skills. Singers also develop their musicality by participating in weekly group folk dancing sessions.
Melodia performs in the Columbia Choirs concert series and in the community throughout the year.
Young singers will be admitted to Melodia upon audition or promotion from Prima.
Alina Gibitz Stroh joined the Columbia staff in July, 2015 as the Melodia Choir director. She is also an elementary music specialist in the Lake Washington School District (Kirkland, Washington State). Known for her high-energy and joy in working with children, she holds a Level Three Certification in Kodaly Training from Seattle Pacific University and is currently the President of Northwest Kodaly Educators. Alina is passionate about sharing the Kodaly methodology with others and has presented numerous times to other music teachers in the area. Previously she has served as a choir director at Pacifica Children’s Chorus in Seattle, WA. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of The Ohio State University, she earned a BME in Music Education and a BA in Spanish. During her studies at OSU, she traveled to Spain where she sang with La Coral Ciudad de Granada (Municipal Choir of Granada) in Granada, with which she performed in many baroque cathedrals throughout Spain. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and her husband, who is also a musician.