In the Junior Division, students with beginning or intermediate musical experience build their skills and gain confidence in encouraging and creative rehearsal environments and performances.
The Junior Division of the National Children’s Chorus consists of the Prelude and Minuet Levels. The Junior Division performs in two showcase concerts each year in San Francisco. Explore below for additional details on this ensemble.
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Prelude Level

Ages 5-6, no experience
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.

Member Information

The Prelude Level in San Francisco rehearses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music 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.
Prelude Level
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Tuesdays, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
  • Location
    San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
  • Performances
    Two performances per year (Winter and Spring) in San Francisco
  • Tuition
    Approximately $169 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.

Minuet Level

Ages 7-9, 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 sound, while sight-singing intervals and rhythms will be practiced in Kodály training.

Member Information

The Minuet Level in San Francisco rehearses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music 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.
Minuet Level
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Tuesdays, 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM
  • Location
    San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
  • Performances
    Two performances per year (Winter and Spring) in San Francisco
  • Tuition
    Approximately $169 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.