LOS ANGELES – America’s leading youth choral institution, the National Children’s Chorus (NCC) is hosting “I’ve Got Rhythm” Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. benefiting the organization’s music curriculum and honoring UCLA’s and NCC’s compositional director Dr. Ian Krouse. 

The NCC’s most advanced vocalists and members of the organization’s Debut and Premier ensembles will perform the music of George Gershwin and other jazz composers at the festive event hosted at a private Holmby Hills residence in Los Angeles. Tickets are $175 and VIP tickets are $275 and can be purchased online at 

The following day, Saturday, April 27, the NCC is holding auditions in Los Angeles at St. Paul the Apostle and the next week in New York at St. Paul the Apostle on April 30. 

NCC’s artistic director Luke McEndarfer oversees NCC’s extensive curriculum which 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, 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, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. 

Dr. Krouse is professor of music at the University of California Los Angeles, where he served for several years as chair of the music department. In 2011, Dr. Krouse received one of the University of California’s highest honors — the Distinguished Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to University Teaching. Augmenting his work at UCLA, Dr. Krouse is a sought-after master teacher of composition, theory, musicianship, analysis and conducting McEndarfer said, “We couldn’t provide such a high level of training for our students without the support of the community, parents and esteemed music professionals and educators like Dr. Krouse. This evening gives us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate those who help make our program possible as well as showcase student talent and raise funds to further develop the curriculum that helps set us and them apart.” 

The NCC provides musically talented children with first-rate vocal training and an unparalleled musicianship curriculum. Each child, regardless of their educational or financial background, has the possible opportunity to develop vocal skills from the most basic concepts through the college level. Expert instructors work to cultivate tone quality, breath support and musical expression in each student while collaborating as an ensemble culminates in world-class performances at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, St. Paul the Apostle Church in West Los Angeles, and The Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York. 

With a set of ensembles in Los Angeles and New York, the NCC trains students from more than 60 schools in each city who meet weekly for rehearsal and musicianship study. In residence at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, the NCC is one of a few youth arts organizations in the world to have its entire concert season presented by a professional concert hall. This is the fourth season at The Broad Stage and the second in New York. The 2012/2013 season is entitled “Traditions,” presenting an eclectic array of musical styles, drawing on American cultural roots. 

A pianist, conductor and voice coach, McEndarfer has been artistic director since 2004 and is integral to all facets of the chorus’ development from spearheading auditions and vocal training, to choosing material, to fostering relationships and securing collaborations with artists and organizations. 

McEndarfer is recognized for establishing the organization’s reputation for excellence and adventurous programming including numerous critically acclaimed interpretations of Poulenc’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, and Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. Forging unique performance relationships, he has also orchestrated concert appearances with a long list of artists and performing arts organizations that include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera Company, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Joffrey Ballet, Josh Groban, James Smith, Lucinda Carver, and soon, Grammy-winning soprano Jessica Rivera. 

His work includes several motion picture soundtracks; most recently on Paramount Pictures’ 2009 feature film Imagine That, starring Eddie Murphy. For the film, McEndarfer selected, arranged and conducted sections of the score and also appeared as the Music Teacher on screen. Television and radio credits include conducting performances in the musical act on Jay Leno’s former Tonight Show, and a live performance on KLSX as part of a 2005 Christmas special. 

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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