CCW's PREP classes introduce first-time singers (ages 5-9) to the choral experience. PREP focuses on singing through movement, play, and the music of many times and many places. This program plants the seeds for a lifelong relationship with music for each child while teaching proper breathing, posture, and basic music reading skills. Classes are high energy and engaging to help children enjoy learning to sing in tune and in a choral setting.

PREP classes are repeatable. Children who enjoy PREP classes may audition for CCW’s Treble Chorus when they are ready.

No audition is necessary for PREP Class!

Meet the Instructor



Heather Adelsberger maintains an active career as a music educator, keyboardist, and choral conductor in the Washington D.C. area.

Ms. Adelsberger holds an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the Catholic University of America, and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland. Teachers include Marilyn Neely, Ena Bronstein Barton, Ivo Kaltchev, and Rita Sloan. Conducting studies include artists Leo Nestor, Charles Bruffy, James Jordan, Kate Tamarkin, Murry Sidlin, and Donald Nally. 

Ms. Adelsberger’s recent endeavors include a series of recitals across the United States with violinist Destiny Ann Mermagen; performances of Franz Schubert's Die Winterreise with her husband, bass-baritone Andrew Adelsberger; and concert collaborations with cellist Michael Mermagen and soprano Jessica Rivera.

A sought-after music educator and member of MTNA, Ms. Adelsberger maintains private piano studios in Maryland and Northern Virginia. She currently serves as Director of Music at St. Louis Church in Clarksville, Maryland where she is also the Artistic Director of the St. Louis Church Concert Series.

PREP Classes

Recommended for children ages 5-9. Meets Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Students are introduced to the basics of choral singing. The focus is on accessing the head tone and matching pitch. The class will explore general musical concepts of high and low, fast and slow, and different rhythmic patterns through rhythm games and simple songs. They will also be exposed to following a musical score and some beginning part singing through rounds and partner songs. Students have the opportunity to perform in the spring concert with the Treble Chorus.

Spring Semester 2020

Tuition: $550/student
16 sessions
First Class: January 28, 2020
Last Class: May 19, 2020

Fall Semester 2019

Tuition: $450/student
12 sessions
First Class: September 17, 2019
Last Class: December 3, 2019