In the Senior Division, students ages 10-18 with prior musical experience refine their skills to the highest standards and perform in their own state-of-the-art concert series at various venues around the United States and internationally.
The Senior Division of the National Children’s Chorus consists of the Debut Ensemble, the Premier Ensemble, and Scholars (SATB college-prep). Performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and more. The Senior Division also performs in an international tour every summer. Explore below for additional details on each of these ensembles.
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Debut Ensemble

Ages 10-14, much experience to most experience
Members of the Debut Ensemble are introduced to the concert stage, and begin the refined vocal training required to perform at the Senior Division level. Students will learn sophisticated repertoire in various languages and musical styles, featuring 3 and occasionally 4-part harmony. Prestigious collaborations and main-stage performances are regularly included as part of the regimen. Additionally, private vocal study, Kodály technique and music theory will be offered as part of the curriculum.
Dr. Ingrid Lestrud
Principal Associate Conductor
Lucia Schaefer
Kodály Instructor
Korey Cunningham
Kodály Instructor

Member Information

The Debut Ensemble in Washington, D.C. rehearses at Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday 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.
Debut Ensemble
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Sundays, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Location
    Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
    Private Voice Instruction
  • Performances
    Multiple performances annually, held at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and internationally.
  • Tuition
    Approximately $209 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.

Premier Ensemble

Ages 12-18, much experience to most experience
Members of the Premier Ensemble are expected to perform at an advanced level upon acceptance, and already have a clear concept of beautiful tone, accurate intonation, crisp diction, and 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 3, 4 and up to 8-part harmony. Singers at this level will participate in multiple performances and projects throughout the year, including collaborations with top artists, professional adult choruses, renowned orchestras and opera companies. In addition, private vocal study, advanced Kodály technique and music theory are included as part of the curriculum.
Luke McEndarfer
Artistic Director & CEO
Dr. Ingrid Lestrud
Principal Associate Conductor
Lucia Schaefer
Kodály Instructor
Korey Cunningham
Kodály Instructor
Shafali Jalota
Private Voice Instructor

Member Information

The Premier Ensemble in Washington, D.C. rehearses at Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday 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.
Premier Ensemble
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Sundays, 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Location
    Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Private Voice Instruction
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
    Alexander Technique
    Composition & Conducting
    Workshops & Masterclasses
  • Performances
    Multiple performances annually, held at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and internationally.
  • Tuition
    Approximately $229 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.

Scholars

Ages 15-18, most experience only
Members of the Scholars represent the NCC's most technically-skilled vocal group, with an emphasis on college-prep training, with its singers having received many years of experience at the Senior Division level (or equivalent). This SATB chorus serves as a critical bridge to university training and performing at the top level. All students in this group must be of high school age, and 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. All boys in the NCC whose voices have changed to tenor or bass must sing in this group, and girls are admitted by annual evaluation and special audition.
Luke McEndarfer
Artistic Director & CEO
Dr. Allan Laino
Associate Conductor
Shafali Jalota
Private Voice Instructor
Ria Yang
Associate Pianist

Member Information

The Scholars in Washington, D.C. rehearses at Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday 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.
Scholars
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Sundays, 4:15 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Location
    Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Private Voice Instruction
    Composition & Conducting
    Workshops & Masterclasses
    College Application & Audition Preparation
  • Performances
    Multiple performances annually, held at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and internationally.
  • Tuition
    Approximately $239 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.