FSU Capital Children’s Choir

FSU Capital Children’s Choir

Over the years I have heard from countless friends about the Capital Children’s Choir and what a wonderful program it is, bringing music to the lives of so many Tallahassee children.  So much so, that at one time, years ago, when I first shared about the program on Tally Connection, I followed up with an email to the Director, now a friend of mine, trying to negotiate my daughter, who was still too young to join, in to the program somehow.  We’ve waited patiently over the past year or so and are excited that the time has come for her to join this fall.  If you are a parent of a child(ren), in K through 9th grade, and you’re not already familiar with the Capital Children’s Choir, this post is for you!


The Capital Children’s Choir is a community outreach program for children in Kindergarten through Ninth grade which is sponsored by the College of Music at FSU. The program has been in existence for over twenty years. The focuses of the program are to teach good singing techniques and music to children in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Specifically, children 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!

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 sbyrnes@fsu.edu.

The Choirs

There 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 – Ninth 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.



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) 5:00-5:45
The Gold Choir (2-4) 6:00-7:15
The Seminole Singers (5-9) 6:00-7:15


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 and send it to the address listed on the form,
  2. or Register on-sight before the first rehearsal of the semester.

2013/2014 Calendar

Parking & Drop Off

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