In the Junior Division, students ages 5-12 with beginning or intermediate musical experience build their skills and gain confidence in encouraging and creative rehearsal environments and performances.
Students will participate in an exciting array of virtual performances and specialized online training, taught by the country’s leading music educators in individualized small groups. The Junior Division of the National Children’s Chorus consists of the Prelude Level, Minuet Level, Sonata Level, and Concerto Level. 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.
Kelly Adams
Associate Conductor
Kaitlin Simonson
Associate Conductor

Member Information

The Online Conservatory is in session from September through May, and does not have classes during the summer months of June, July and August. Students will participate in an exciting array of virtual performances and specialized online training in small groups. Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Prelude Level
  • Training Schedule
    Weekly sessions scheduled by appointment
  • Location
    NCC Virtual Classroom
  • Curriculum
    Choral Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
    Individualized Vocal Instruction
    Workshops & Masterclasses
  • Performances
    Two virtual concerts per year (Winter and Spring)
  • Tuition
    Approximately $179 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to all 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—posture, rehearsal protocol, and choral tone. 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.
Lisa Fenderson
Principal Associate Conductor
Sarah Childers
Associate Conductor
Leah Murthy
Associate Conductor

Member Information

The Online Conservatory is in session from September through May, and does not have classes during the summer months of June, July and August. Students will participate in an exciting array of virtual performances and specialized online training in small groups. Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Minuet Level
  • Training Schedule
    Weekly sessions scheduled by appointment
  • Location
    NCC Virtual Classroom
  • Curriculum
    Choral Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
    Individualized Vocal Instruction
    Workshops & Masterclasses
  • Performances
    Two virtual concerts per year (Winter and Spring)
  • Tuition
    Approximately $179 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to all 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.
Laura Keverian Pitts
Associate Conductor
Madolyn Accola
Associate Conductor

Member Information

The Online Conservatory is in session from September through May, and does not have classes during the summer months of June, July and August. Students will participate in an exciting array of virtual performances and specialized online training in small groups. Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Sonata Level
  • Training Schedule
    Weekly sessions scheduled by appointment
  • Location
    NCC Virtual Classroom
  • Curriculum
    Choral Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
    Individualized Vocal Instruction
    Workshops & Masterclasses
  • Performances
    Two virtual concerts per year (Winter and Spring)
  • Tuition
    Approximately $199 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to all 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.
Dr. Ingrid Lestrud
Principal Associate Conductor
Ernest Harrison
Associate Conductor
Kaitlin Simonson
Associate Conductor

Member Information

The Online Conservatory is in session from September through May, and does not have classes during the summer months of June, July and August. Students will participate in an exciting array of virtual performances and specialized online training in small groups. Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Concerto Level
  • Training Schedule
    Weekly sessions scheduled by appointment
  • Location
    NCC Virtual Classroom
  • Curriculum
    Choral Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
    Individualized Vocal Instruction
    Workshops & Masterclasses
  • Performances
    Two virtual concerts per year (Winter and Spring)
  • Tuition
    Approximately $199 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to all qualifying families.