Musical Wunderkind- Choirs
Moscow Ballet continues to develop its educational mission to provide arts enrichment for the local communities it performs in by including Youth Choirs as vocal accompaniment to the compelling “Waltz of the Snowflakes”.
The young choirs welcome patrons to the theatre performing their own repertoire in venue lobbies and they accompany the dancers in the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I. The children range in age from 7 to 18 years and practice with experienced and award-winning music directors prior to the performances. The live performance experience, in some of the country’s finest music halls, is an invaluable and rare opportunity for them.
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Western Michigan University Orchestra and Gagie School Youth Choir accompany Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Western Michigan University Orchestra and Gagie School Youth Choir accompany Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker The Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra and Gagie School Choir will accompany the Moscow ballet dancers in the Great Russian Nutcracker in James W. Miller Auditorium. The 70 member University Symphony Orchestra will play Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker score, and the Gagie School Choir, directed by Kellee Love Haselton, will accompany singing the chorale part for “Waltz of the Snowflakes” or Valse des Flocons de Neige” in the Snow Forest scene. Conductor Bruce Uchimura leads the orchestra, which has won wide recognition and was named "Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra" in DownBeat. This Moscow Ballet partnership with WMU's all-student symphony is a pilot program for a nationwide launch and is the fourth interactive education driven program that Moscow Ballet offers. The Gagie School Choir is part of Moscow Ballet’s Musical Wunderkind which offers live performance experiences to talented young musicians and choirs in conjunction with the Moscow Ballet performance. “Performing Tchaikovsky's classic ballet with an internationally touring Russian ballet company right here at home for our most loyal patrons is a rare opportunity and a healthy challenge for the musicians,” said Bruce Uchimura, WMU Symphony Orchestra conductor.
Bruce Uchimura conducts the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, teaches cello, coaches chamber ensembles and is professor of music at the university. Uchimura’s leadership as a conductor has won wide recognition for WMU's orchestra. Uchimura was named 2010 Educator of the Year by the Michigan String Teachers Association. He actively supports music education in the state with numerous appearances as clinician and guest conductor, and serves as faculty advisor to the WMU student chapter of the American String Teachers Association, which was named “Best Student Chapter” in 2011.
The Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra performed the final movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 "Choral" to much acclaim at the opening concert of the 1999 Midwestern Music Conference in Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium and presented a featured concert at the 2008 Michigan Music Conference.
The Gagie School, Dr. Sandra Gagie Founder and Director, is built on developing excellence from the whole child. Gagie’s approach to elementary education is that mastering fundamental skills serves as the foundation for lifelong learning. Learning experiences are enriched with programs in art, music, Spanish, choir, band and drama for children in preschool through eighth grade. Kellee Love Haselton, the school’s choral music director, works with all students developing musical skills and also directs the Gagie School Choir. Gagie School graduates receive high academic achievements, recognition in sports, kudos in the arts, and they are also considerate, empathetic individuals who give of themselves to make the world a better place.
Musical Wunderkind Chorus accompanies Moscow Ballet in Baltimore Dec 20 only at Hippodrome Theatre
(BERKSHIRES, Mass.) Dec 15, 2014 –“Musical Wunderkind” in 10 cities on the North American tour open the Great Russian Nutcracker performance. In Baltimore Moscow Ballet is proud to bring the choristers of the American Kodály Children’s Chorus to the Saturday, December 20, 1:00 and 5:00pm performances of the Great Russian Nutcracker . Kodaly American Children’s Chorus led by Alison Shirk accompanies Moscow Ballet ballerinas in Act I’s grand finale of the “Waltz of the Snowflakes.” Concert Artists of Baltimore, led by Conductor Lee Mills, bring live accompaniment to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Moscow Ballet continues to develop its mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities it performs in by including youth choirs in performances in addition to the “Dance with Us” program. The cross discipline Musical Wunderkind program and is a continuation of Moscow Ballet’s mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs. “Musical Wunderkind” featured in other cities on the tour are: Michael Carlson Nov 2i in Butte; Texas Children’s Choir in San Antonio Nov 29; Gagie School Choir in Kalamazoo Dec 2; Hae Sue Lee in Philadelphia Dec 6; Hannah White in Chicago Dec 7; Jennifer Ahn in Wichita Dec 9; The American Kodály Children’s Chorus in Baltimore Dec 19 and 20; South Bay Children’s Choir in Los Angeles Dec 21; and Ben Nead in Tucson Dec 22. For tickets go to www.nutcracker.com/your-city
Jointly founded by The Bryn Mawr School and Loyola University’s American Kodály Institute, the chorus is in residence at the Bryn Mawr School and is administered by Dr. Alyson Shirk. In addition to her work at Bryn Mawr, Shirk is a frequent choral clinician, adjudicator, and master class teacher. The American Kodály Children’s Chorus is dedicated to offering high quality music training, in a nurturing environment, to children in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Current choristers range from age 8 to 18 and attend public and private, and home school programs. The chorus strives for excellence by providing students with vocal pedagogy- based choral and solo singing Instruction; the Kodály Method and play-based musicanship coursework and local, regional, and international performance opportunities. Many choristers recently traveled to Hungary where they performed at the International Kodály Symposium.
South Bay Children’s Choir accompanies Moscow Ballet in Los Angeles at Wiltern Theater
In Los Angeles, Musical Wunderkind South Bay Children’s Choir accompany the dancers in “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the Wiltern Theater. Comprised of over 125 boys and girls ranging in age from 7 to 17, the South Bay Children’s Choir come from over 25 communities in the Los Angeles and South Bay areas and was founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Diane Simons and the late Dr. Jane Hardester. The cross discipline Musical Wunderkind program is a salute to talented pre-professional musicians across the country and is an unprecedented opportunity for aspiring musicians to perform live with award-winning and internationally touring ballerinas. This live performance experience develops young musicians’ interpretation skills in a way practice cannot and is a continuation in Moscow Ballet’s mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs. “Musical Wunderkind” featured in other cities on the tour are: Michael Carlson Nov 2i in Butte; Texas Children’s Choir in San Antonio Nov 29; Gagie School Choir in Kalamazoo Dec 2; Hae Sue Lee in Philadelphia Dec 6; Hannah White in Chicago Dec 7; Jennifer Ahn in Wichita Dec 9; The American Kodály Children’s Chorus in Baltimore Dec 19 and 20; and Ben Nead in Tucson Dec 22.
South Bay Children's Choir (SBCC) is a select group of talented young singers sponsored by El Camino College (ECC) in Torrance, California. The choir performs annually in the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, and has appeared at many other venues throughout the southland, including Royce Hall at UCLA, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Los Angeles Music Center, Segerstrom Hall in Orange County, and the Armstrong Theater in Torrance. Artistic Director Simons earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music at UCLA and has conducted choirs at both high school and elementary school levels, as well as teaching voice. She presents workshops both for singers and for teachers and has been active as musical director for community theater. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, and is serving a six-year term on the Western Division Board as representative of Children and Youth Choirs.
Musical Wunderkind Texas Children’s Choir accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet brings Great Russian Nutcracker to San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre and features San Antonio “Musical Wunderkind” the Texas Children’s Choir led by Thomas Hardaway II. The group performs live in the lobby prior to the performance and accompanies ballerinas in Act I’s grand finale of the “Waltz of the Snowflakes.” Moscow Ballet continues to develop its mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities it performs in by including youth choirs in performances in addition to the long- standing “Dance with Us” student dancer program.
Texas Children’s Choir is recognized for providing high quality choral music and having received multiple awards of “Best in Class” and “Best in Festival” in regional choral music competitions. Over the past 10 years 61 dedicated boys and girls, ages 8-17 years, have inspired their community by dedicating hundreds of hours of their time to present performances of classical, patriotic, sacred, and show music each season. The choir sang at official White House ceremonies for presidents and first ladies of the United States and in France on the beaches of Normandy to commemorate the 60th and more. Dr. Thomas G. Hardaway, II, is founder, artistic director, and conductor of the Texas Children’s Choir which he started in 1989.