ABOUT THE

CHILDREN'S CHORUS

The Children’s Chorus is open to students who will be entering grades 6 through 9 for the 2020-21

school year.

Boys must have unchanged treble voices.

Choristers are selected through auditions.

The Children's Chorus traditionally performs at Severance Hall with The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus as well as other community events. 

 

The ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings between September and May - each season varies slightly to accommodate the performance schedule.

The Children's Chorus is committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion.

 

ABOUT THE

PREPARATORY CHORUS

The Preparatory Chorus is open to students who will be entering grades 5 through 8 for the 2020-21 school year.

Boys must have unchanged treble voices.

Choristers are selected through auditions.

The Preparatory Chorus focuses on establishing

a foundation of vocal technique, musical literacy,

and musicianship through quality children's

choir literature.

 

The ensemble traditionally performs with the

Children's Chorus at community events. 

The ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings between September and May - each season varies slightly to accommodate the performance schedule.

The Preparatory Chorus is committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion.

MEET OUR NEW DIRECTORS

Alexander Looney

Director of Children's Choruses

Alexander Looney prepares the Children’s Chorus for their appearances as part of the annual Christmas concerts, community concerts, and in the Orchestra’s performances of operas and symphonic works that call for children’s voices. 

 

Mr. Looney holds a bachelor of music in music education from The University of Akron and is currently pursuing a master of music in music education at Capital University. 

Jelani Watkins

Director of Children's Preparatory Chorus 

Assistant Director of Children's Chorus

Jelani Watkins prepares the Children's Preparatory Chorus for their appearances at annual community concerts and events, and assists the director of Children's Choruses to ensure that the Children's Choruses' program offers a high quality choral experience to its members.

 

Mr. Watkins received his master of music in choral conducting at Georgia State University under the direction of Dr. Deanna Joseph and his bachelor of arts in music from Morehouse College under the direction of Dr. David Morrow.

AUDITIONS

The Children's Chorus is open to students entering grades 6 through 9 in the fall of 2020, while

the Preparatory Chorus is open to students in

grades 5 through 8.

Boys must have unchanged treble voices. 

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Students will be asked to complete the following during their audition:

  • Sing the first verse of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" ("America") in the key of F major, using the piano accompaniment recording provided on our website (sing from memory or with the copy of music provided on our website)

  • Sing the first verse of "America the Beautiful" ('Oh beautiful, for spacious skies') in the key of D major, a cappella - no accompaniment (sing from memory or with the copy of music provided on our website)

  • Sight read a simple melodic line and rhythmic exercise

  • Short exercises to assess a variety of vocal production skills

Photos by Colleen Albrecht

PERFORMANCES

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The Children's Chorus regularly performs with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall as well as other community events. Many of these events are free to the public.

Follow the link below to discover when you can hear the Children's Chorus in concert.

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CONTACT US

Chorus Office 

Severance Hall

11001 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44106

 

E-mail:

chorus@clevelandorchestra.com

Tel:

(216) 231-7374

Cleveland Orchestra

Children's Choruses photography 

© by Roger Mastroianni

and © by Colleen Albrecht