SENIOR DIVISION

The Senior Division of the National Children’s Chorus consists of the Debut Ensemble, the Premier Ensemble, and the Scholars. In the Senior Division, students with prior musical experience refine their skills to the highest professional standards and perform in their own state-of-the-art concert series at various venues around the United States including Royce Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and more. The Senior Division also performs in an international tour every summer.
 

DEBUT ENSEMBLE (AGES 10-14, MUCH EXPERIENCE TO MOST EXPERIENCE)

Members of the Debut Ensemble are introduced to the professional stage, and begin the refined vocal training required to perform at the Senior level. Students will learn sophisticated repertoire in various languages and musical styles, featuring 2 and 3-part harmony. Professional collaborations with major music companies will be included as part of the regimen. Additionally, private vocal study, Kodály technique and a full range of musicianship courses will be offered as part of the curriculum. Debut Ensemble students will have the privilege of working weekly with the following esteemed personnel:

Dr. Pamela Blackstone, conductor (Los Angeles)
Dr. Hiroyo Hatsuyama, associate pianist (Los Angeles)
Lisa Fenderson, Kelly Adams, Arie Moriguchi, and Lavone Seetal, Kodály musicianship instructors (Los Angeles)
Gustavo Hernández Garcia, private voice instructor (Los Angeles)

Nick Nicassio, conductor (New York)
Dura Jun, associate pianist (New York)
Cynthia Macias and Samantha Spiridellis, Kodály musicianship instructors (New York)
Jamilyn Manning White, private voice instructor (New York)

Daniel Jackson, conductor (Washington, D.C.)
Camille Balleza, associate pianist (Washington, D.C.)
Jennifer Chmiel, Kodály musicianship instructor (Washington, D.C.)
Jarrod Lee, private voice instructor (Washington, D.C.)
 

PREMIER ENSEMBLE (AGES 11-17, MUCH EXPERIENCE TO MOST EXPERIENCE)

Members of the Premier Ensemble are expected to perform at the professional level upon acceptance, and already have a clear concept of beautiful tone, accurate intonation, crisp diction and gorgeous musical phrasing, in addition to possessing experience-based confidence and assertiveness as a solo and group performer. Students will be taught the highest levels of sophisticated choral technique that is utilized in all of the world’s finest adult choruses within the context of complex music featuring 2, 3 and 4-part harmony. Singers at this level will participate in multiple performances and projects throughout the year at professional venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Broad Stage, The Edye Second Space, Royce Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Grand Performances at the California Plaza, among others. In addition, private vocal study, advanced Kodály technique and a full range of musicianship courses will be included as part of the curriculum. Premier Ensemble students will have the privilege of working weekly with the following esteemed personnel:

Luke McEndarfer, conductor (Los Angeles)
Alex Blake, assistant conductor (Los Angeles)
Dr. Vivian Liu, associate pianist (Los Angeles)
Lisa Fenderson, Kelly Adams, Arie Moriguchi, and Lavone Seetal, Kodály musicianship instructors (Los Angeles)
Alessandro Calemme, Dr. Jayne Campbell, and Dr. Rose Beattie, private voice instructors (Los Angeles)

Luke McEndarfer, conductor (New York)
Tucker Wheatley, assistant conductor (New York)
David Štech, principal pianist (New York)
Ana Quintana, Stephanie Allison Nantell, and Sara Meadows, Kodály musicianship instructors (New York)
Diane Aragona, private voice instructor (New York)
 

SCHOLARS (AGES 14-17, MOST EXPERIENCE ONLY)

Based in Los Angeles, members of the Scholars represent the NCC’s most advanced and professional vocal product, with its singers having received many years of performance training at the Senior level. All students in this group must sing with exceptional artistic and technical command, both as a chorister and soloist. Regular solo engagements, as well as high-profile ensemble projects, will be a regular part of the experience. Additionally, students will be prepped for major solo auditions with top music companies, as well as for entrance to college and university studies. Scholars will have the privilege of working weekly with the following esteemed personnel:

Luke McEndarfer, conductor and private voice instructor (Los Angeles)
Dr. Vivian Liu, principal rehearsal pianist (Los Angeles)
Dr. Pamela Blackstone, Michael Dean, Dr. Rose Beattie, and Griffith Frank, private voice instructors (Los Angeles)
Dr. Ian Krouse, composition instructor (Los Angeles)