Vocal Music Education Initiatives
Year-long Artist-in-Residence Programs in which Chorale artists work with students weekly through the school year in elementary, intermediate and high schools. National Chorale vocal Music Education Initiatives regularly include many schools with large numbers of minority and economically disadvantaged children. Participation in these programs integrates students into the school community, encourages them to attend school regularly and improves their academic skills. Many more schools have requested these programs than the Chorale’s current resources are able to provide.
A major Arts Partnership with the New York City Professional Performing Arts High School in mid-Manhattan, now in its 7th year, with a team of Chorale Singer/Conductors teaching musicianship and performing skills classes to gifted and motivated students.
The Professional Performing Arts High School works in partnership with the National Chorale, which provides vocal music instruction to the PPAS Vocal students. These students live throughout New York City and are accepted into the school through a series of competitive auditions.
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 Avery Fisher 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.
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.
The annual National Chorale High School Choral Festival. The 23rd annual Festival took place in May 2016 at Hunter College/CUNY with 1,200 high school singers participating. Dr. Everett McCorvey, National Chorale Artistic Director, Guest Conductor.
The 2016 National Chorale Elementary School Choral Festival, the 6th annual, and the third annual Middle School Choral Festival took place in May 2016 at the Professional Performing Arts High School in Manhattan with more than 750 young student singers participating at each Festival.
The National Chorale Elementary, Middle School and High School Choral Festivals will take place in May 2017 with 2,700 choral singers participating.
The Handel’s Messiah Sing-In at David Geffen Hall, for 48 years New York’s most popular Holiday Season music event, annually includes hundreds of student singers.
Free student tickets to Chorale concerts at Avery Fisher Hall will allow more than 1,200 students to attend Chorale performances at Lincoln Center during 2016-2017.
Each year, these Chorale programs offer thousands of New York City children the opportunity to participate in a wide range of exciting vocal music activities.