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, http://ncc.belmont.edu. 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 www.belmont.edu. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://ncc.belmont.edu. [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 email@example.com or call parents are invited to sit in the back of (615) 460-5400 ext. 1862 the room.