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.
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.
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. In addition, private vocal study, advanced Kodály technique and a full range of musicianship courses will be included as part of the curriculum.
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.