Musical Wunderkind - Choirs

Moscow Ballet includes Youth Choirs as vocal accompaniment to the triumphant “Waltz of the Snowflakes”

The pre-professional choirs welcome patrons to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker by performing their own holiday repertoire in venue lobbies. The Wunderkind Choirs also accompany the entire company in the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” scene which closes Act I. The choristers range in age from 7 to 18 years and practice with experienced and award-winning music directors prior to their performances. The live performance experience, in some of the country’s finest music halls, is an invaluable and rare opportunity for the young vocalists.

“Local children as part of Moscow Ballet's "Musical Wunderkind" program have a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Cleveland Plain Dealer 2014. The rare pairing of young singers and professional ballerinas performing for live audiences teaches performance skills that traditional lessons do not. Moscow Ballet Musical Wunderkind choirs and string musicians perform in 25+ cities on the annual 80 city tour.

Moscow Ballet’s Musical Wunderkind program develops Moscow Ballet’s educational mission to provide arts enrichment for the local communities it performs in, as do the company’s Musical Wunderkind Strings, New Horizons and Dance with Us programs.

Musical Wunderkind Choir Directors click here for more detailed information

American Kodály Children’s Chorus accompanies Moscow Ballet live at the Hippodrome Theatre for the past 3 Years

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. 


Birmingham Girls Choir, accompanies the Moscow Ballet at Alabama Theatre

The Birmingham Girls Choir was founded in 2001 as a non-profit organization with a goal to instill a love of singing and provide high quality music experiences to the youth of the greater Birmingham area.  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 Choir accompanies Moscow Ballet at Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center

The Crescendo Community Choir performed in INB’s spectacular lobby overlooking the city for the Providence-Sacred Heart Kids for Kids Rally and fundraiser. 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 Crescendo Community Choir has participated in the Moscow Ballet Musical Wunderkind – Choirs program. The chorus is led by Artistic Director Sharon Rodkey Smith, past President of Nebraska Choral Directors Association and recipient of Alice Buffett Award for Outstanding Teachers through the Omaha Public Schools.


Brooklyn High School of the Arts Women’s Choir perform at King’s Theatre

Brooklyn High School of the Arts was established in the fall of 2000 as the first academic arts high school in Brooklyn. 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. 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.