National Children's Chorus
Date: December 17, 2010
Category: Children's and Youth Choirs
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
The National Children's Chorus under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer, is quickly establishing itself as America's leading treble chorus, with a set of ensembles based both in Los Angeles and New York City. In residence at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, the National Children's Chorus is one of few youth arts organizations in the world to have its entire concert season presented by a professional concert hall. Its groundbreaking fourth season at The Broad Stage and second season in New York during 2012/13 entitled "Traditions" presents an eclectic array of musical styles, drawing on American cultural roots, and features a bicoastal collaboration with internationally-acclaimed soprano Lisa Vroman and chamber orchestra. Works include Vivaldi's Gloria in D, as well as the world premiere of a new piece to be written by the Grand Prize Winner of the 2nd Annual Broad Stage NCC Southern California Composition Competition.
Tracing its lineage back to the 1904 inception of the Paulist Choristers in Chicago, the National Children's Chorus has garnered a superb reputation for musical excellence, and has amassed an impressive resume of experience. Collaborating with some of the finest music companies in the nation, the group has recently performed live with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera Company, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, the Kronos String Quartet, Center Theatre Group and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of such notable conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Grant Gershon, James Conlon, Paul Salamunovich, Helmuth Rilling, John Rutter, John Mauceri and Esa-Pekka Salonen, with whom the ensemble recorded Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D minor, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the Sony Classical label. In addition, the National Children's Chorus has been featured on numerous movie and television soundtracks, most recently appearing on screen for Paramount Pictures and its 2009 film Imagine That, starring Eddie Murphy. Through the years, the group has been featured numerous times as the musical act on Jay Leno's former Tonight Show, and its members are regularly contracted as solo artists for professional engagements both on the stage and in the studio.
Students of the National Children's Chorus in Los Angeles and New York are represented by more than sixty schools throughout both cities, and meet weekly for rehearsal and musicianship study. The extensive curriculum includes college-level conducting, composition, music theory, sight-singing in the Kodály Method, and individual voice training in the bel canto style under the guidance of Michael Dean, Vocal Studies Department Chair at the UCLA School of Music. Through a holistic approach to educating the total musician within each child, recent graduates from the program have gone on to be accepted at top schools around the country, such as USC's Thornton School of Music, UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music, UC Berkeley, the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University and The Juilliard School.