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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American Kodály Children’s Chorus, Musical Wunderkind choir in Baltimore, accompanies the Moscow Ballet company Saturday, December 19, 1:00pm and 5:00pm at the Hippodrome Theatre
“Local children as part of Moscow Ballet's "Musical Wunderkind" program was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Cleveland Plain Dealer 2014. The rare pairing of young singers and professional ballerinas in front of live audiences teaches performance skills that traditional lessons do not. In 2015 there are Musical Wunderkind choirs and soloists in 25+ cities on the 80 city tour. The American Kodály Children’s Chorus (AKCC) 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, private and home school programs. The chorus strives for excellence by providing students with vocal pedagogy-based choral and solo singing instruction. The chorus is in residence at the Bryn Mawr School and is administered by Dr. Alyson Shirk. In addition to her work at AKCC and Bryn Mawr, Dr. Shirk is a frequent choral clinician, adjudicator, and master class teacher. The AKCC is excited to be a part of the Moscow Ballet’s performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore.
Birmingham Girls Choir, Musical Wunderkind choir, accompanies the Moscow Ballet company Sunday, November 29, 3:00pm at the Alabama Theatre.
Moscow Ballet features pre-professional award winning vocal groups accompanying dancers in the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I of the Great Russian Nutcracker. The rare pairing of young singers and professional ballerinas in front of live audiences teaches performance skills that traditional lessons do not. In 2015 there are Musical Wunderkind choirs and soloists in 25+ cities on the 80 city tour.The Birmingham Girls Choir was founded in 2001 as a non-profit organization whose goal is to instill a love of singing and provide high quality music experiences to the youth of the greater Birmingham area. The choir serves the Birmingham community by providing music at sporting events, hospitals, nursing homes and supporting local non-profit fund raisers. The group has performed with Opera Birmingham and The Alabama Symphony, and, in 2015, had the honor of performing for former First Lady Laura Bush. The choir has won numerous titles regionally and travels annually to perform in both local and regional music festivals. The Birmingham Girls Choir is lead by a team of five: Margaret Heron, Meredith DeVore, and Lindsay Walker-choir directors; Patricia Diffey- accompanist; Pam Walston-Executive Director.
Crescendo Community Choirs, Musical Wunderkind choirs in Spokane, accompany the Moscow Ballet company Monday, November 23, 7:00pm at the INB Performing Arts Center.
The Crescendo Community Choir will perform from 5-6pm in INB’s spectacular lobby overlooking the city for the Sacred Heart Kids for Kids Rallyand fundraiser.Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program features pre-professional award winning vocal groups accompanying dancers in the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I of the Great Russian Nutcracker. Spokane’s Crescendo Community Choirs is a youth choral program established to create an opportunity for children of all ages to access a quality choral experience, regardless of personal circumstance. This is the second time the Crescendo Community Choirs have participated in the Moscow Ballet Wunderkind program.
Brooklyn HS of the Arts – Women’s Choir
Brooklyn High School of the Arts was established in the fall of 2000 as the first academic arts high school in Brooklyn. The school is dedicated to providing talented Brooklyn students with a strong curriculum in Fine Arts, Dance, Vocal Music, Band and Orchestral Music. Along with their major studies, students are prepared for high academic achievement. Students are provided with daily studio classes designed to prepare them for top fine arts and performing arts colleges, and to develop the discipline to be well-rounded students and future professionals. The Women’s Choir consists of about 35 singers who audition to join the group and are led by Vocal Director Christian McLeer. Vocal students receive four years of intensive study of music theory, vocal production and performance. Their repertoire includes classical, jazz, gospel and folk. Students audition to be accepted to the vocal program by singing a prepared song, repeating intervals, musical phrases and rhythms and taking a written exam. The Brooklyn High School of the Arts' new Drama Program produces major productions such as William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." The Brooklyn High School of the Arts' Performing Choir and Jazz Band received a rating of "Gold, with Distinction" on level 6 at the New York State School Music Association Competition in 2010 and Brooklyn High School of the Arts' Fine Art Department students graduate to the finest art universities in the country, including Pratt University, Parsons, The New School for Design and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, to name a few.