|Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Children & Youth
Christ Church Cathedral’s city-wide choir program for children and youth fosters a life-long enjoyment and appreciation of music through the singing of sacred choral compositions. The program, which is based on the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Voice for Life curriculum, is open to children as young as seven years of age (second grade). No prior music experience is required. Older choristers have the opportunity to audition for placement in more advanced ensembles. KellyAnn Nelson, an energetic music educator (and Over-the-Rhine resident), serves as the conductor of the ensemble. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:15 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th Street Downtown Cincinnati. The program is free of charge and open to students from throughout the city, regardless of church affiliation. Rehearsals are fun, high quality music education experiences that appeal to all types of learners and create a special kind of spiritual community. While boys and girls are encouraged to join the choir at the beginning of the church program year (September), interested applicants may be accepted at other times during the year.
Founded in 1965 under the auspices of the Cincinnati Public Schools, the Cincinnati Boychoir presents approximately thirty-five annual performances in the Greater Cincinnati community and for local television stations, community organizations, churches, clubs, and retirement homes. Boys audition for the choir by recommendation of school music teachers, and come from all areas of southwest Ohio, southeast Indiana, and northern Kentucky. Recognized internationally as one of America’s finest boychoirs, the Cincinnati Boychoir has performed at the invitation of and in collaboration with the Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus, the Metropolitan Festival Choir and Orchestra of Detroit, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir. The boys have appeared at the Crystal Cathedral, aired internationally on the Hour of Power, and at Carnegie Hall as part of the Field Studies International Honors Children’s Choir, and in March 2011 made their first Kennedy Center appearance on the Millennium Stage. The choir has been featured recently on many local radio and television stations, including WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical music station, and both CBS and CNN nationally and internationally. On the heels of their successful World Choir Games competitions and participation as the international flag-bearers in the WCG opening & closing ceremonies, the Cincinnati Boychoir’s premier ensemble, Tour Choir, will travel to London in June 2013. Over 200 boys and men between the ages of 6 and 60 perform as part of the Cincinnati Boychoir’s family of choirs, including the Men’s Glee Club (for alumni, parents, and community members), the Concert Choir (60 boys who collaborate regularly with Cincinnati arts organizations such as the May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir), Boychoir Experience (a beginning 6-week experience for boys in 1st – 4th grades), and Cincinnati Sings!, a free in-school outreach program that serves boys in seven different schools (including the OTR Cincinnati Sings! choir which begins rehearsals in January 2013 at Memorial Hall) throughout the city. The Training Choir, under the direction of Mrs. KellyAnn Nelson, Director of Education & Outreach, performing tonight, is made up of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade boys who are in their first year of participation in the Cincinnati Boychoir. The membership represents dozens of different schools and regions of this area. All boys auditioned and were selected for the Training Choir, and they are proud to showcase the performance, music-reading, presentation and citizenship skills which they have been honing since September. Each boy in the Training Choir has a “big brother” mentor in the Concert Choir, and those mentors are performing this weekend with the professional choir, Vocal Arts Ensemble, at St. Boniface in Northside and St. Francis DeSales in East Walnut Hills under the direction of the Cincinnati Boychoir’s Managing Artistic Director, Dr. Christopher Eanes.
|The Young Professionals’ Choral Collective
he Young Professionals’ Choral Collective (yp/CC) was founded in November 2011 by KellyAnn Nelson & Christopher Eanes. This husband and wife team are admitted “choir geeks” and they have a real interest in connecting people to great music in new & innovative ways. Using the amazing opportunity provided by Cincinnati being chosen as the host city for the 380 choirs who competed in the 2012 World Choir Games, yp/CC was formed as a choir for young professionals from all over the city between the ages of 21 & 45. yp/CC singers live & work throughout the Greater Cincinnati area, are looking for great social connections, and these singers fell in love with singing in choirs at some point in their life. This choir already has over 180 singers on its roster, and both of its concerts in its inaugural season (“Sin & Tonic” featuring bawdy Renaissance music performed at a cocktail bar…& “In Vino Veritas” featuring choral music from South Africa & Italy paired with wine tastings from the same regions) were sold-out successes! yp/CC has a deep connection to the great city of Cincinnati. They rehearse in unique and beautiful spaces in Over-the-Rhine (Below Zero Lounge, Emery Theatre, Japp’s Bar, Memorial Hall) and every rehearsal concludes with a social event at a local bar or restaurant. yp/CC is committed to showcasing all of the amazing opportunities that exist for young, enthusiastic professional people to connect and live in our great city. This season’s first concert will take place at the gorgeous Emery Theatre in Over-the-Rhine on October 30. After that, however, yp/CC will take “to the streets” as holiday carolers at events, parties and festivals throughout Greater Cincinnati. After receiving 2nd place in their category at the World Choir Games and garnering national attention from Chorus America, yp/CC is in high demand!
|MUSE | Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir
MUSE is a women’s choir dedicated to musical excellence and social change. In keeping with our belief that diversity is strength, we are feminist women of varied ages, races, and ethnicities with a range of musical abilities, political interests, and life experiences.We are women loving women; we are heterosexual, lesbian and bisexual women united in song. We commission and seek out music composed by women, pieces written to enhance the sound of women’s voices, and songs that honor the enduring spirit of all peoples. In performing, we strive for a concert experience that entertains, inspires, motivates, heals, and creates a feeling of community with our audience.
|The Cincinnati Men’s Chorus (CMC)
The Cincinnati Men’s Chorus (CMC) is a voluntary, not-for-profit community chorus organized to provide the opportunity for gay men and gay-supportive men to sing together. The chorus seeks to provide social and fellowship experiences that reach beyond the realm of musical purpose to deepen and enrich our lives. Further, we provide opportunities to present a positive image of the gay community to the general public by being identified as an organization of individuals who are making a contribution to the entire community. From its inception in the summer of 1991, the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus has continued to grow in size and musical stature. October 1st marked the first rehearsal, bringing together 60 men from all walks of life; friends and strangers, young and old, gay and gay supportive. CMC’s first concert, Tidings of Pride and Joy was held at First Unitarian Church in Avondale, which was the rehearsal home of CMC for many years. Thanks to Dr. David Jackson for helping us make it home. We currently rehearse at St. John Unitarian Universalist Church in Clifton. In addition to our scheduled concerts, CMC continues to be a yearly favorite at events ranging from the Fine Arts Sampler Weekend to the Walk to Stop AIDS. Our Mission: Through our music, we strive for excellence; support and nurture our members; entertain our audiences; and work for justice, inclusion and harmony between the gay community and the community at large.
|Cincinnati Sound Chorus
Cincinnati Sound Chorus (CSC) is an award winning a cappella women’s chorus and recipients of silver medals in the 2012 World Choir Games. CSC is a member of with Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance. This 65+ member chorus performs a variety of songs – Broadway hits, nostalgic dance tunes, lively country toe-tappers and patriotic hymns as well as barbershop and holiday favorites.Cincinnati Sound and its smaller ensemble Sound Effects perform at charitable events in the area, supporting the success of other organizations including: Kindervelt, Relay for Life, Salvation Army, Summerfair and ArtsWave. Since 2005, CSC has helped sponsor, organize and perform at the Greater Cincinnati Harmony Festival, an a cappella workshop for the area’s high school students.
CSC members are women of all ages – from 15 to 50 plus – who share a passion for singing in four-part harmony. New members are welcomed throughout the year. No prior choral experience is necessary – only a love of singing.
We are… Real Women…Real Harmony…Real Fun!
|Hyde Park United Methodist Church Choir
Hyde Park United Methodist Church has 9 different choirs, which consist of over 200 participants. Participants range from Kindergarten age to adults and perform at the church regularly. The group performs a variety of pieces, both contemporary and classical.
|SCPA Primary Select Choir
The School for Creative and Performing Arts offers a choral class for multiple grades in their Primary School. The course focuses on a number of things, including building musical literacy skills and learning the historical context of music. The Primary Select Choir consists of select students from these important classes.
|Southern Gateway Chorus
Southern Gateway Chorus is a not-for-profit organization of male a cappella harmony singers dedicated to enriching lives in the Greater Cincinnati community by promoting vocal music education for youth, and by providing family friendly entertainment in the barbershop style. Cincinnati has been home to this world-class chorus since 1956. The Southern Gateway Chorus delivers high-energy performances, and has performed for audiences in dozens of major cities throughout the United States and Canada. Performances in New York’s fabled Carnegie Hall, the famous Chicago Theatre, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, the Saddledome in Calgary, Canada, and Cincinnati’s Riverbend Music Center have been rewarded with standing ovations and thunderous applause. Twice Southern Gateway Chorus has won the coveted BHS International Chorus Champion gold medal and in 2012 were Silver Medalists at our hometown hosted World Choir Games.
|Young Voices: Bel Canto (Voices of Indiana)
Voice of Indiana: Young Voices is a community children’s choir located in SE Indiana. Students enjoy a rigorous and challenging choral experience through weekly rehearsals and public performance, providing a solid foundation for the lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music. Over the years, membership has included singers from five Indiana counties, three Ohio counties and Boone County, KY. Young Voices is open to students in Grades 1 through 12 enrolled in public schools, private schools and home schools. Founded in 2002 as an educational program of the Dearborn Highlands Arts Council (DHAC), Young Voices has experienced tremendous growth from its inaugural year and now operates as a program of Voices of Indiana Limited, an independent nonprofit organization. Since 2006, Young Voices has had consistent membership of over 100 singers per semester. Performing for Saengerfest, Bel Canto is the select a cappella women’s ensemble.
|Awaken the City Gospel Band
The Awaken the City Gospel Band, composed of members from various communities in Greater Cincinnati, leads worship services at the downtown campus of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church. The members of the band thrive on using their musical gifts to help share the love of Jesus to transform lives, Cincinnati, and the world. The band leads worship using a variety ranging from gospel songs to classic hymns, with a gospel twist.