Internationally Acclaimed Artist Performed with Students in Bi-Coastal Concerts and Recently Taught Special Masterclass LOS ANGELES (November 21, 2013) – America’s leading youth choral institution, the National Children’s Chorus (NCC) has appointed American soprano Lisa Vroman to its honorary board of directors. She joins fellow NCC board members Mark Thallander (president), Grant Gershon, Paul Salamunovich, Morten Lauridsen, and Frederick Swann as part of a distinguished team of music professionals who have contributed significantly to the organization’s artistic and administrative growth, and continue to mentor its world-class educational programs. A year ago, Vroman performed with 150 members of the NCC and a chamber orchestra in Los Angeles and New York concerts. Since then, she has continued to contribute to the NCC’s growth and development, most recently leading a special NCC vocal masterclass for more than 100 guests at Schoenberg Hall at the UCLA School of Music. There, she critiqued the solo performances of four of the NCC’s most advanced students, working with each to improve vocal and performance technique. “Lisa Vroman’s serving on the NCC’s honorary board is a natural step in the evolution of our work with her, after our thrilling musical collaborations last year in both Los Angeles and New York,” said artistic director Luke McEndarfer. “Since then, she has continued to share with the NCC her passion for youth music education, as well as her remarkable ability to convey artistic concepts to young singers.” Of her new appointment, Vroman said, “I’m honored to support the educational initiatives of the National Children’s Chorus in these meaningful ways. The NCC is an incredible youth arts organization and I’m so proud to be able to enrich the experiences of its gifted students. With so many arts and music programs facing hardship in today’s tough economy, I am thrilled to see the NCC thrive, and to be a part of the exceptional benefits that result from its amazing programs.” Vroman is perhaps best known for her role on Broadway as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. As Christine, she garnered Theatre Critic’s awards for her performances in a record-breaking run in San Francisco, and a return engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Vroman starred as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, making her New York City Opera debut with Paul Sorvino in the title role. She also played Charlotte in A Little Night Music with Michigan Opera Theatre, starring Leslie Uggams and Ron Raines. When she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops, she starred as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate with Glimmerglass Opera. Mark Thallander, NCC honorary board president, credited with putting together the initial group of board members in 2009, also commented on Vroman’s appointment. “Lisa is a phenomenal artist, who truly understands the attention a singer must give to the text in order to deliver a powerfully moving performance. Her unwavering commitment to excellence in education is a perfect match for the NCC, as its programs expand on both coasts. We enthusiastically welcome her!” The NCC recently moved the bi-coastal organization’s Los Angeles rehearsals to Schoenberg Hall. In addition to serving as a new rehearsal location for the NCC, the Hall will be the new venue for the NCC’s fall and spring showcases featuring the youngest Prelude Level chorus up to the Scholars, the most advanced group. In addition to the annual showcases, the NCC’s senior division performs a full season of concerts at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The NCC’s East Coast students perform at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York. The 2013/14 concert season, entitled “Roots,” begins in December. # # # Contact: Karin Olsen / / 310-497-0052

About NCC

The National Children’s Chorus of the United States, under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer and Associate Artistic Director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, is quickly establishing itself as one of the world’s leading treble choruses, with nearly 700 students in 18 ensembles, based in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Collaborating with some of the finest music companies in the nation, the group has performed live with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera Company, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Kronos String Quartet, New York City Master Chorale and American Youth Symphony, among others. Its groundbreaking Season 2017/18, entitled Building Bridges, features exquisite repertoire including notable premieres at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. In July of 2018, the chorus will make its 4th major international tour to Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary.
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