SPECIAL STUDIES

The National Children's Chorus proudly offers advanced specialized training in the following unique programs:

CONDUCTING FELLOWS
Luke McEndarfer

VOCAL STUDIO
Dr. Pamela Blackstone

COMPOSITION WORKSHOP
Ian Krouse


CONDUCTING FELLOWS (SENIOR DIV.)
(special audition required)
Members of the Luke McEndarfer Conducting Fellows are selected annually each Spring for participation the following year. Students in this group must have demonstrated unique skill and promise as part of the Senior Division’s “Leader of the Band" musicianship course that culminates in a year-end masterclass evaluated by our Artistic Team. As part of this program, our young conductors work weekly with the Artistic Director on conducting technique, rehearsal protocol and the psychology of leading a large group of musicians. In addition, they gain the exclusive privilege of real-life conducting experience by leading their peers in rehearsal and performance at major NCC events.

Luke McEndarfer, instructor 

VOCAL STUDIO (SENIOR DIV.)
(special audition required)
Members of the Michael Dean Vocal Studio must have a minimum of two (2) years experience in the Scholars, be at least twelve (12) years of age, and receive a personal recommendation from the Artistic Director. Within this unique program, advanced students in the NCC refine their vocal skills with one of America’s most sought-after voice teachers in a university setting. From October through May, via weekly, private, 30-minute and 1-hour training sessions on the UCLA campus at Schoenberg Hall, students in the Michael Dean Vocal Studio gain a profound singing foundation that provides the skills necessary to excel at major auditions (such as entrance to college and top music schools) and a possible professional career as a solo artist.

Dr. Pamela Blackstone, vocal studio director 

COMPOSITION WORKSHOP (SENIOR DIV.)
(special audition required)
Members of the Premier Ensemble and Scholars who have a minimum of two (2) years experience in the NCC, are at least twelve (12) years of age, and who receive a personal recommendation from the Artistic Director are eligible for invitation to study privately with UCLA Professor of Composition Dr. Ian Krouse. This unique program allows young creative talents in the NCC to refine their composition skills by learning the basics of composition technique while writing their own music. From October through May, each participant meets weekly with Dr. Krouse to share project progress, and analyze the elements of musical creation that ultimately work well or not so well. The workshop culminates in a year-end masterclass where students showcase their work in front of the general public, with a chance to have their pieces performed in concert by the NCC.

Ian Krouse, instructor