Frequently Asked Questions
How are the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Choruses structured?
The "Children's Choruses" refers collectively to two different ensembles: the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus (COCC) and the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Preparatory Chorus (COCPC). Where the Children's Chorus gives an average of 5 to 6 performances per season, the Preparatory Chorus is a training ensemble and performs once per semester. After honing their skills in the Prep Chorus most students eventually graduate to the Children's Chorus, which performs regularly with The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus and at community events throughout northeast Ohio.
Who is elligible for the Children's Choruses?
The Children's Chorus is open to students entering grades 6 through 9. The Preparatory Chorus is open to students in grades 5 through 8.
What kind of time commitment is required?
Both ensembles rehearse every Monday evening from early September through mid May. The Children's Chorus rehearses from 7 to 9 pm, while the Preparatory Chorus rehearses from 6 to 7:30 pm. Families should anticipate additional rehearsal time during concert weeks.
Where do the Choruses rehearse?
Most rehearsals are held at University School's lower campus in Shaker Heights. Occasional rehearsals take place at Fairmount Temple in Beachwood or Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, as well as Severance Hall and performance venues across greater Cleveland.
How do auditions work?
Check out our Auditions page
How many students are accepted each year?
Acceptance rates naturally fluctuate with each year's applicant pool and our numbers of returning students. The Children's Chorus typically sits at 50 or so members, while the size of the Preparatory Chorus can change from year to year.
Where do I buy tickets?
Check out our full performance listing for ticket information.
What is the cost to participate?
Annual tuition fees are $85 for the Children's Chorus and $60 for the Preparatory Chorus, plus the cost of performance attire. Need-based financial assistance is available through the Chorus Office.
Is it possible to "skip" the Preparatory Chorus?
The vast majority of our choristers spend at least one year in the Prep Chorus before being accepted into the Children's Chorus. The Prep Chorus curriculum is designed to prepare students for the musical and behavioral demands of performing alongside The Cleveland Orchestra, and our families consistently speak to the growth their child has experienced in their time in COCPC.
I'm not sure whether this program is right for my child. Is there a way to "try it out?"
Once each year the Choruses host "Bring a Friend Day," an open rehearsal that takes place in the spring. Interested students are invited to participate in a full rehearsal with the Prep Chorus or COCC, where they experience our programs first hand alongside current members.
Additionally, each summer we host "COCC Camp Day." Camp Day is day-long music camp in which students learn basic elements of choral singing, such as vocal technique and how to sing in parts. Participants get a taste of what it's like to sing with our ensembles, and meet other students who share their love of singing. Check our website in the spring to see details for the upcoming summer's Camp Day.
My son's voice has started changing. Is he still eligible to sing with Choruses?
The Children's Choruses are treble ensembles; all boys must have unchanged voices in order to participate. However, boys whose voices have begun changing are invited to audition for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, an SATB ensemble affiliated with The Cleveland Orchestra. Click here to learn more.
I have more questions!
Contact our Manger of Youth Choruses via email or at (216) 231-7374.