National Children’s Chorus

Mission Statement

The National Children's Chorus transforms the lives of young people, empowering them to effectively lead society towards the ideals of artistic excellence, cultural openness, and social justice.
 

Vision Statement

A world where choral music powerfully nourishes awareness of our most important human values.
 

Our Story

The National Children's Chorus, under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer and Associate Artistic Director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, is quickly establishing itself as America's leading treble chorus, with a set of ensembles based in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Performing locally and abroad, the National Children's Chorus is one of the few youth arts organizations in the world to have its concert series presented by professional music halls. Its groundbreaking Season 2016/17, entitled Metamorphosis, builds on the chorus’ recent success, featuring an array of stunning repertoire, demonstrating the organization’s firm commitment to new music, world culture and extraordinary professional collaborations. Venues since 2015 include Royce Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, as well as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, sharing the stage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, American Youth Symphony and New York City Master Chorale, among others. At its conclusion, Metamorphosis culminates in the NCC’s 3rd major international tour to Italy, with visits and musical presentations in Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome.

Tracing its lineage back to the 1904 inception of the Paulist Choristers in Chicago, the National Children's Chorus has garnered a superb reputation for musical excellence, and has amassed an impressive résumé of experience. Collaborating with some of the finest music companies in the nation, the group has performed live with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera Company, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, the Kronos String Quartet, Center Theatre Group and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of such notable conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Grant Gershon, James Conlon, Paul Salamunovich, Helmuth Rilling, John Rutter, John Mauceri and Esa-Pekka Salonen, with whom the ensemble recorded Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D minor, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the Sony Classical label. In addition, the National Children's Chorus has been featured on nu­merous movie and television soundtracks, most recently appearing on screen for Paramount Pictures and its 2009 film Imagine That, starring Eddie Murphy. Through the years, the group has been featured numerous times as the musical act on Jay Leno's former To­night Show, and its members are regularly contracted as solo artists for professional engagements both on the stage and in the studio.

Students of the National Children’s Chorus are represented by more than one hundred schools throughout its cities, and meet weekly for rehearsal and musicianship study. The extensive curriculum includes college-level conducting, composition, music theory, sight-singing in the Kodály Method, and individual voice training in the bel canto style under the guidance of Michael Dean, Voice Department Chair at the UCLA School of Music. Through a holistic approach to educating the total musician within each child, recent graduates from the program have gone on to be accepted at top schools around the country, such as USC’s Thornton School of Music, UCLA’ s Herb Alpert School of Music, UC Berkeley, the Curtis Institute of Music, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School.
 

Season 2016/17


PEACE

SUNDAY DECEMBER 11, 2016
NEW YORK | 7:00 PM
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

SATURDAY DECEMBER 17, 2016
LOS ANGELES | 7:30 PM
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

What if music has the power to change the world? What if the voices of children can speak truth into the soul of humanity? What if the result were universal love and global unity? This December, join the National Children’s Chorus as its gifted singers perform a dramatic holiday program, featuring music inspiring a peaceful world. See why our young vocalists are praised not only for their superb musical execution, but also their role as international ambassadors for peace. Immerse yourself in the warmth of the NCC’s tonal purity within Rafael Moneo’s architectural wonder, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Accompanied with brass, percussion and the Cathedral’s majestic 6019-pipe Dobson organ, this special evening promises the finest in choral artistry. Don’t miss it!

Whitacre // Beethoven // Bernstein // Pachelbel // Rutter


Fall Showcase

FRIDAY DECEMBER 9, 2016
NEW YORK | 7:30 PM
The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. | 4:00 PM
National City Christian Church

SUNDAY DECEMBER 18, 2016
LOS ANGELES | 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Schoenberg Hall, UCLA

Lao Tzu once said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” And at the NCC, we honor and treasure every one of those steps along our students’ path to greatness. Which is why our acclaimed Showcases are among our favorite events of the year, celebrating the talents and achievements of all our ensembles in the Junior and Senior Divisions. From the Prelude Level featuring children as young as five, through our Premier Ensemble with young adults as old as eighteen, the Fall Showcase will highlight the progression of vocal skills from beginner to advanced in a uniquely loving and supportive environment. Don’t miss this joyous celebration of the season as the full NCC Family comes together!
 

LOVE

SATURDAY MAY 6, 2017
NEW YORK | 7:30 PM
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
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WEDNESDAY MAY 10, 2017
LOS ANGELES | 7:30 PM
Royce Hall
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Love can mean many different things. And in all its forms, we can be certain of this—it has the power to change and transform the world, as well as each person in it. This May at UCLA’s Royce Hall, join the National Children’s Chorus in a thrilling season finale, celebrating traditions of love from across Western Europe, with timeless musical selections that have inspired men and women for hundreds of years. Revel in the romantic sentiments of Italy, France and Germany as the NCC’s finest singers present a heartwarming program that will headline their 3rd International Tour to the Italian cities of Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome. Operatic melodies, art songs and folk tunes will come together in a rich tapestry of sound that will leave you dreamily enchanted. Don’t miss it!

Puccini // Bach // Fauré // Good


Spring Showcase

SATURDAY APRIL 29, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. | 4:00 PM
National City Christian Church
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FRIDAY MAY 5, 2017
NEW YORK | 7:30 PM
The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle
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SATURDAY MAY 13, 2017
LOS ANGELES | 4:00 PM
Bel Air Church
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Lao Tzu once said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” And at the NCC, we honor and treasure every one of those steps along our students’ path to greatness. Which is why our acclaimed Showcases are among our favorite events of the year, celebrating the talents and achievements of all our ensembles in the Junior and Senior Divisions. From the Prelude Level featuring children as young as five, through our Debut Ensemble with young adults as old as sixteen, the Spring Showcase will highlight the progression of vocal skills from beginner to advanced in a uniquely loving and supportive environment. Don’t miss this joyous celebration of the season as the full NCC Family comes together!
 

Spring Auditions

THURSDAY APRIL 27, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
National City Christian Church
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MONDAY MAY 1, 2017
NEW YORK | 4:00 PM - 8:00PM
The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle
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SATURDAY MAY 20, 2017
LOS ANGELES | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
UCLA School of Music
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The National Children’s Chorus, provides musically talented children the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary environment. The finest instructors work weekly with students to develop their vocal skills from the most basic concepts through the college level. Tone quality, breath support, and musical expression are cultivated within the individual singers, while working together as an ensemble culminates in world-class performances. With a spectacular musicianship curriculum to accompany its first-rate vocal training, the National Children’s Chorus is an unparalleled educational resource for children who love to sing! If your child has musical ability, don’t waste another minute - set up an audition today!