I was a member of Allegro Choirs of Kansas City since 2004, and have loved every single year of it. Yes, there are a lot of rehearsals, and yes, sometimes it is necessary to add extra rehearsals in if the singers are not prepared for the concert in time. That's totally understandable, though- being in a choir isn't about yourself or for yourself. This is a constant with any choir, and if you can't embrace that ideal, choir isn't your best option. What we do each practice and performance is give 110% of ourselves to improve ourselves and our peers. Most importantly, it's to change everyone in the Allegro community with the power of song, whether it's an audience member attending our concerts, or even during rehearsal.
The Allegro building is out in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Most of the members of the choir are from Leawood, Shawnee, Overland Park, etc. Nowhere near the studio. But it doesn't matter that the drive is long- everyone is here because they want to be, and that's because the director has such motivation, such intense and sincere passion, to make people realize how powerful we, as children, and as adolescents, can be. Sometimes, the singers might not meet the standards Allegro sets, and we are urged to improve. Many times, overprotective parents have lashed out at the staff simply because /their/ child isn't doing their work. That's nobody's fault but the singers'. Allegro wants the individual to exceed, but also reminds us that, especially in a choir, if you don't pull your own weight, you hold the entire choir back from something greater.
Newer members of Allegro sometimes become frustrated with the nitpicky aspects of the choir, like the concert uniform, the note checks, the restarting a piece in practice 20 times until everyone's vowel matches. But as someone who has literally grown up in this choir, I can tell you the nitpicking makes all the difference. It teaches the singers how to act outside of Allegro as well- to give everything we have, and to be the best people we can possibly be.
When you sign up for Allegro, it's a two-sided commitment. And part of that commitment is being at every, or nearly every, rehearsal ready to devote yourself to what is happening right then. Commitment is doing the weekly assignments in their entirety, not just checking off the boxes blindly and pretending you've practiced at home. And it means preparing yourself to adapt to changing situations- many times, a choir is on track for the concert, but there's one song that a few individuals can't sing from memory, or simply haven't learned. In these situations, it's necessary to add extra rehearsals and homework. If there's no issue, there are no extra rehearsals. And a side note- there is a carpool system. All you have to do is find someone who lives nearby and take turns providing a ride to choir.
Allegro has provided so many incredible opportunities to me, and has more or less shaped me into the person I am today. The people you meet, the music you perform, and the connections you make are priceless. I owe the Allegro staff so much thanks for everything they do. They really put themselves out there for the singers, and are our biggest fans.
If you have a child who is of age to join Allegro, I absolutely urge you to- but only if you're truly and honestly willing to devote yourself to it. Allegro is an experience for its singers to grow musically, but also morally. And if your singer really gives everything they have, I can tell you firsthand there's nothing more thrilling than finding out you've moved up a choir, and nothing more humbling than your first concert wearing Brio's pearls.
My 13 year old son joined this choir back in June. When we registered him we got a 2 page contract to initial and sign. In this contract it clearly states certain things that are required as a member of this choir. Not until after we paid our$ 600 tuition cost we were provided a calendar. In This Calendar We Found Multiple Additional Dates That We Were Required To Be Out There For rehearsals. These dates and times were totally inconvenient for us.
Upon making Allegro aware of the conflict we had with these dates. When we tried to drop out we were told the tuition was non refundable.
We made it work and once again we were blind sided with another bit of required time and money. Again after we paid our tuition this continued to happen
The week of August 19th my son was ill all week and did not attend the required rehearsals. I Se t an end mail telling the choir director why he would not be there.
The next day I received an email back that insulted my son's commitment to this choir so we dropped out.
Now we are fighting with them saying we were deceived on many occasions and want all money paid to Allegro to be refunded.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME MONEY OR CHILDS TALENT WITH THIS SCHEMING CHOIR GROUP. They are clearly in it for the money .
A disgruntled former member.
Review from Guidestar