The NATIONAL CHILDREN'S CHORUS, under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer, is quickly establishing itself as America's leading treble chorus, with a set of ensembles based both in Los Angeles and New York City. In residence at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, the National Children's Chorus is one of few youth arts organizations in the world to have its entire concert season presented by a professional concert hall. Its groundbreaking third season at The Broad Stage during 2011-12 entitled "Innovate" will feature the music of modern composers, and composers of the 20th Century. Works will include Frostiana by Randall Thompson, Mid-Winter Songs by Morten Lauridsen, and a world premiere performance of a new piece that will be written by the Grand Prize Winner of the 2011 Southern California Composition Competition.
Tracing its roots 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 resume of experience. Collaborating with some of the finest music companies in the nation, the group has recently performed live with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera Company, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Kronos String Quartet, Center Theatre Group and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of such notable conductors as 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 in Los Angeles are represented by more than thirty-five schools throughout the city, and meet weekly in Westwood 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 under the tutelage of Michael Dean, Vocal Studies Department Chair at the UCLA School of Music. 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, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.
To learn more about the National Children's Chorus, please visit www.nationalchildrenschorus.com