In the Junior Division, students ages 5-12 with beginning or intermediate musical experience build their skills and gain confidence in encouraging, creative rehearsal environments and performances.
The Junior Division of the National Children’s Chorus consists of the Prelude Level, the Minuet Level, the Sonata Level, and the Concerto Level. The Junior Division performs in two showcase concerts each year at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle and the First Presbyterian Church in New York. Explore below for additional details on each of these ensembles.
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Prelude Level

Ages 5-6, no experience needed
Members of the Prelude Level are introduced to the thrilling world of music in a fun and interactive class designed to open up the ear and explore the possibilities of musical expression through listening and moving. Basic vowel formation, proper posture and the beginnings of breathing technique are taught, while the foundation of the Kodály Method is set.
Kaitlin Simonson
Associate Conductor
Paeivi Antturi
Kodály Instructor
Dan Meinhardt
Associate Pianist

Member Information

The Prelude Level in New York rehearses at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, near Columbus Circle, on Wednesday afternoons. The Chorus is in session from September through May, and does not have rehearsals during the summer months of June, July and August. Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Prelude Level
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Wednesdays, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Location
    The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Columbus Circle
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
  • Performances
    Two performances per year (Winter and Spring) at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle and First Presbyterian Church
  • Tuition
    Approximately $169 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.

Minuet Level

Ages 7-8, no experience to some experience
Members of the Minuet Level are introduced to the formal structure of a choral ensemble—seating, rehearsal protocol, choral tone and blend. Musical terms are taught and used freely in an environment where students are encouraged to be curious, ask questions and seek answers. Vocal technique, vowel formation, breathing, diction and phrasing are emphasized in order to create a beautiful and professional sound, while sight-singing intervals and rhythms will be practiced in Kodály training.
Sarah Childers
Associate Conductor
Paeivi Antturi
Kodály Instructor
Dan Meinhardt
Associate Pianist

Member Information

The Minuet Level in New York rehearses at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, near Columbus Circle, on Wednesday afternoons. The Chorus is in session from September through May, and does not have rehearsals during the summer months of June, July and August. Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Minuet Level
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Wednesdays, 4:30 PM - 6:15 PM
  • Location
    The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Columbus Circle
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
  • Performances
    Two performances per year (Winter and Spring) at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle and First Presbyterian Church
  • Tuition
    Approximately $179 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.

Sonata Level

Ages 8-9, some experience to much experience
Members of the Sonata Level are expected to possess basic skills and knowledge in the areas of tone, vowel formation, diction, breathing technique, and musicianship. From here, students are taught the beginnings of advanced choral and vocal skills, including singing in 2-part harmony within the context of more sophisticated repertoire that will include texts in foreign languages. The beginnings of advanced Kodály Method skills will also be employed as part of the curriculum.
Madolyn Accola
Associate Conductor
Beatriz de Mello
Kodály Instructor
Kaitlin Simonson
Kodály Instructor
Dan Meinhardt
Associate Pianist

Member Information

The Sonata Level in New York rehearses at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, near Columbus Circle, on Tuesday afternoons. The Chorus is in session from September through May, and does not have rehearsals during the summer months of June, July and August. Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Sonata Level
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Tuesday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Location
    The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Columbus Circle
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
  • Performances
    Two performances per year (Winter and Spring) at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle and First Presbyterian Church
  • Tuition
    Approximately $179 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.

Concerto Level

Ages 10-12, some experience to much experience
Members of the Concerto Level represent the highest levels of skill and maturity within the Junior Division. Students are expected to possess advanced skills and knowledge in the areas of tone, vowel formation, diction, breathing technique, and musicianship. From here, students are taught high-level choral and vocal skills, including singing in 2-part harmony within the context of complex repertoire that will include texts in foreign languages. Advanced Kodály Method skills will be employed as part of the curriculum that preps children for promotion to the Senior Division ranks.
Kaitlin Simonson
Associate Conductor
Nora Graham-Smith
Private Voice Instructor
Beatriz de Mello
Kodály Instructor
Madolyn Accola
Kodály Instructor
Alice Rogers
Associate Pianist

Member Information

The Concerto Level in New York rehearses at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, near Columbus Circle, on Tuesday afternoons. The Chorus is in session from September through May, and does not have rehearsals during the summer months of June, July and August. Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Concerto Level
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Tuesday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Location
    The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Columbus Circle
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
    Private Voice Instruction
  • Performances
    Two performances per year (Winter and Spring) at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle and First Presbyterian Church
  • Tuition
    Approximately $199 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.