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					The Nashville                                                                        ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
                                                                                     The Nashville Children’s Choir includes
                                                                                     three different choir levels (Preparatory
                                                                                                                                  and observe if they wish. The directors
                                                                                                                                  watch and listen for tuneful singing,
                                                                                                                                  evidence of musical aptitude, and

Children’s Choir                                                                     Choir, Concert Choir, and Touring            demonstration of the child’s ability to
                                                                                     Choir) into which choristers are initially   concentrate, focus, follow directions, and
                                                                                     placed according to their vocal              work in a group setting.
                                                                                     development, age and maturity at the

AUDITIONS                                                                            time of their audition.         Ages of      To request an audition time, follow
                                                                                     choristers in the choirs tend to be as       instructions for New Chorister Auditions
                                                                                     follows:                                     on the website,
                                                                                         Prep Choir (3rd-5th graders)             Prospects without internet access, call
                                                                                         Concert Choir (4th-7th graders)          615-460-5400 ext. 1862.
A citywide program for boys and girls,                                                   Touring Choir (5th-8th graders)
ages 8 through 14, The Nashville                                                     Children then are promoted to a more         The audition itself will only take about 15
Children’s Choir is committed to the                                                 advanced choir as their skills and vocal     minutes, but families will need to plan on
rehearsal and performance of quality                                                 maturity increase. A child must be a         a total of about 45 minutes to allow for
choral music in a positive and affirming                                             rising third through seventh grader          completing forms, etc. The auditions will
setting. The choir meets in the facilities                                                                                        be held in the lower level of the Massey
                                                                                     (current 2nd-6th grader) to audition.
of Belmont University as a part of the pre                                                                                        Performing Arts Center building on the
-college music program, the Belmont                                                                                               Belmont University campus. A campus
Academy of Music. Three choirs - the                                                 The choir year will begin in August
                                                                                     2009 and will conclude in May 2010.          map is available on the Belmont
Touring Choir, the Concert Choir, and the
Preparatory Choir - provide children                                                 Rehearsals for all three choirs are held     University web site:
accepted into the Nashville Children’s                                               simultaneously on Monday afternoons
Choir placement in a group appropriate                                               from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on the campus of
                                             Rehearsals:                             Belmont University. The performance          In addition to the three Nashville
to their age and ability.                    August-May
                                                                                     responsibilities for the Preparatory and     Children’s Choirs, the choir program
                                             Mondays from 4:30-6:00 p.m.                                                          includes the Nashville Youth Choir
The choir fills a dual role as a quality                                             Concert Choirs consist primarily of
                                             at Belmont University                                                                (grades 9-12) under the direction of
choral organization and as an ambas-                                                 participation in end-of-semester NCC
sador of good will, performing frequently    Fee: $250 per year                      concerts in December and May. The            Robert King. Many NCC choristers
throughout Nashville and Middle              (Reduced rates for two children;        Touring Choir choristers typically sing in   continue their involvement in the NCC
Tennessee with groups such as Nashville      some scholarships available)            approximately four to six other              program by singing in this outstanding
Opera, The Nashville Symphony, Middle                                                performances each semester and take          ensemble following their participation in
Tennessee Choral Society, and recording      New Chorister Auditions for             a 4-day tour each spring.                    the children’s choirs. Email Mr. King at
artists Reba McEntire, Joe Diffy, and        2009-2010:                                                                  for audition
Riders in the Sky. Destinations for the      Tuesday, May 12 and                                                                  information for this ensemble.
                                             Tuesday, May 19                         Neither prior choral experience nor the
Touring Choir have included San                                                      ability to read music is necessary to
Antonio, Toronto, St. Louis, New York        at Belmont University
                                                                                     audition, and a child does not need to
City, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago,
                                             Audition Appointment:                   prepare an audition song. During the
Philadelphia, and Baltimore.
                                             Follow instructions for New Chorister   audition, an NCC director will lead a
                                             Auditions on website                    group of four or five children to sing -
The Nashville Children’s Choir was
                                    [Notice there   both as a group and individually - vocal
founded in 1989. The Touring Choir is
                                             is no “www” at beginning of web         exploration exercises and familiar
directed by Madeline Bridges and Brenda
                                             address.]                               songs such as “Happy Birthday.” The
Jewell; the Concert Choir is directed by
Roberta Rodgers; and the Prep Choir is       Further Information:                    audition is not a stressful situation, and
directed by Elaine Bell.                     Email or call      parents are invited to sit in the back of
                                             (615) 460-5400 ext. 1862                the room.

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