National Children’s Chorus Receives $1 Million Gift
Date: February 25, 2016
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Children's and Youth Choirs
The National Children’s Chorus Receives Groundbreaking $1 Million Gift
Anonymous Donor Invests In Future of Young Musicians
Los Angeles, CA – (February 24, 2016) – In a dramatic and generous gesture today, a philanthropist wishing to remain anonymous contributed $1 million to the National Children’s Chorus (NCC), a unique performing arts program for students between the ages of 5 – 18, soon to be making its debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The gift, payable over the next four years, will help provide vital, college-level music education for youth in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
“The National Children’s Chorus is quickly becoming one of America’s cultural treasures,” said NCC Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer. “This generous endowment—one of the largest gifts of its kind to a children’s chorus—will sustain the NCC’s outstanding programs and world-class performances. We are immensely grateful for this investment in the dreams and aspirations of our talented students.”
Over the past few years, NCC students have been praised for their excellent music reading capabilities, and have been accepted at prestigious voice and composition programs nationwide, including Tanglewood Music Festival, Idylwild Musical Festival, Interlochen and the LA Philharmonic Associate Composers program. Currently, the NCC is pioneering new ways to enrich the learning experience for all of its students, and will be rolling out novel initiatives in the coming seasons.
“We are humbled and honored that our donor believes so deeply in our educational mission, and is willing to partner with us in our future growth,” said Executive Director Cristina Demiany. “In 2009, the chorus consisted of a single class, geared solely towards learning music for concert appearances. Today we offer a comprehensive educational platform that includes sight-singing, musicianship in the Kodály Method, private voice training, composition and conducting instruction.”
On March 13th, the NCC will make its debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall in collaboration with the American Youth Symphony, singing Tan Dun’s Heaven Earth Mankind (Symphony 1997). Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the performance will serve as the Los Angeles premiere for the work. Other events this season include the NCC’s Regional Auditions for students wanting to apply to the program, set to be held on April 16th in Los Angeles and May 9th in New York. Season finale performances will take place on April 29th at Royce Hall in Los Angeles and on May 7th at Carnegie Hall in New York, both with music tracing the diverse cultures found along the ancient Silk Road. In July, the NCC will travel to Hong Kong and Mainland China for its 2nd international tour with performances in Beijing and Xian.
About The NCC
The National Children's Chorus, under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer and Associate Artistic Director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, is quickly establishing itself as America's leading treble chorus, with a set of ensembles based in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Performing locally and abroad, the National Children's Chorus is one of few youth arts organizations in the world to have its concert series presented by professional music halls. Its groundbreaking Season 2015/16 entitled Limitless World features an array of stunning repertoire, demonstrating the organization’s firm commitment to new music, world culture and extraordinary professional collaborations. Venues include Royce Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, as well as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in New York and Washington, D.C. In addition to producing its own acclaimed concert series, the NCC punctuates 2015/16 with high profile appearances, sharing the stage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, American Youth Symphony and New York City Master Chorale, among others. At its conclusion, Limitless World culminates in the NCC’s 2nd major international tour to Hong Kong and mainland China, with visits and musical presentations at sites in Hong Kong, Xi’an, Guilin and Beijing.
Tracing its lineage back to the 1904 inception of the Paulist Choristers in Chicago, the National Children's Chorus has garnered a superb reputation for musical excellence, and has amassed an impressive résumé of experience. Collaborating with some of the finest music companies in the nation, the group has performed live with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera Company, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, the Kronos String Quartet, Center Theatre Group and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of such notable conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Grant Gershon, James Conlon, Paul Salamunovich, Helmuth Rilling, John Rutter, John Mauceri and Esa-Pekka Salonen, with whom the ensemble recorded Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D minor, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the Sony Classical label. In addition, the National Children's Chorus has been featured on numerous movie and television soundtracks, most recently appearing on screen for Paramount Pictures and its 2009 film Imagine That, starring Eddie Murphy. Through the years, the group has been featured numerous times as the musical act on Jay Leno's former Tonight Show, and its members are regularly contracted as solo artists for professional engagements both on the stage and in the studio.
Students of the National Children's Chorus are represented by more than one hundred schools throughout its cities, and meet weekly for rehearsal and musicianship study. The extensive curriculum includes college-level conducting, composition, music theory, sight-singing in the Kodály Method and individual voice training in the bel canto style. Through a holistic approach to educating the total musician within each child, recent graduates from the program have gone on to be accepted at top schools around the country, such as USC's Thornton School of Music, UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music, UC Berkeley, the Curtis Institute of Music, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.
For more information go to www.nationalchildrenschorus.com.
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