Vocal Music Education

Our Vocal Music Partnership with the New York City Professional Performing Arts High School in mid-Manhattan will be entering its 9th year in the fall of 2018, with a team of Chorale Artist Teachers working daily throughout the school year teaching musicianship, music theory, voice instruction, performance technique and choral performance  to gifted and motivated students. These students live throughout New York City and are accepted into the school through a series of competitive auditions.

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Students perform throughout the school year in both solo and ensemble performances. In addition to performances at the Professional Performing Arts High School, the Choir has performed at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, The National Arts Club, The Signature Theater, the Manhattan Theater Club, by invitation for the NYC Department of Education’s School’s Chancellor, at the United Nations and the New York Stock Exchange in collaboration with UNICEF for the #Imagine project, at the Invitational New York City High School Choral Festival at Hunter College/CUNY, and at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum for the Dedication Ceremony of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Click Here to see the PPAS Choir’s 2015 Spring Concert at Church of the Blessed Sacrament, featuring Mozart’s Requiem.

The 25th Annual National Chorale High School Choral Festival took place in April 2018 at Hunter College/CUNY with over 800 high school singers participating. Vagarshak Ohanyan, Distinguished Conductor.

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The 5th annual National Chorale Middle School Choral Festival took place in April 2018, with JessAnn Smith as Guest Conductor at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan with over 1,000 young student singers participating.

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The National Chorale Elementary, Middle School and High School Choral Festivals are the only Festivals of their kind in New York City.

Music Education Initiatives


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National Chorale vocal Music Education Initiatives regularly include many schools with large numbers culturally underserved children. Participation in these programs integrates students into the school community, encourages them to attend school regularly and improves their academic skills. National Chorale hopes to increase the number of programs in schools to include and bring the joys of singing and music to as many young people as possible through the following projects:

-Year-long Artist-in-Residence Programs in which Chorale artists work with students weekly through the school year in elementary, intermediate and high schools.

-After-school choruses in high schools, enabling young people to develop their musical and performing talents in a creative environment.

-Series of vocal workshops for music teachers, focusing on teaching skills, methods and repertory, presented for the NYC Department of Education.

-Concert tours of schools in all 5 Boroughs, including performances and workshops with the choirs in each school.

Each year, these Chorale programs offer more than 13,000 New York City children the opportunity to participate in a wide range of exciting vocal music activities.

The Handel’s Messiah Sing-In at David Geffen Hall, for 50 years New York’s most popular Holiday Season music event, annually includes hundreds of student singers.

Free student tickets to Chorale concerts at David Geffen Hall will allow more than 1,200 students to attend Chorale performances at  Lincoln Center during 2018-2019.


National Chorale Education Programs Staff

Vagarshak Ohanyan, Principal Conductor, Educational Programs

Jeryl Cunningham-Fleming, Artist-In-Residence, Education Programs

Gina Morgano, Artist-in-Residence, Education Programs

JessAnn Smith, Artist-In-Residence, Education Programs

Matthew Truss, Artist-in-Residence, Education Programs

Steve Vaughan, Artist-In-Residence, Education Programs

Saffron Chung, Resident Pianist, Education Programs