The PREPARATORY CHOIR, an entry-level choir for the young singer, includes students who have the ability to match pitch and have a desire to learn more about singing. They will improve their unison singing skills and begin singing two parts. Score reading is introduced, as well as solfege and rhythmic reading. The Preparatory Choir performs at the December and Spring concerts both separately and jointly with the other NCC choirs.
The CONCERT CHOIR includes choristers who exhibit ability and willingness to sing and who need additional singing experience and vocal training to become part of the more advanced Touring Choir. Children at this level have demonstrated a beginning ability to sing in parts. Note reading and basic score reading are emphasized. The Concert Choir performs at the December and Spring concerts both separately and jointly with the other NCC choirs.
The TOURING CHOIR includes pre-high school choristers with advanced vocal and note reading ability. When a child can sing comfortably in parts, is becoming proficient in vocal technique, and shows evidence of music reading skill, he or she will be eligible for the Touring Choir. The Touring Choir literature is more difficult than repertoire performed by the Preparatory and Concert Choirs, and a greater emphasis is placed on foreign language literature, advanced vocal technique, and accelerated music reading skills. The Touring Choir performs in December and Spring concerts, takes an annual extended weekend spring tour and participates in numerous other performances throughout Middle Tennessee.
NASHVILLE YOUTH CHOIR
The NASHVILLE YOUTH CHOIR is a mixed choir of grades 9-12 and changed male voices. This choir builds on the foundation of the younger choirs and performs three and four-part literature. Through a foundation of a cappella literature Youth Choir members gain experience in independence of singing. Emphasis is placed on the ability to hold pitch, unsupported by an instrument, and to develop an ensemble sound through uniformity of vowels and tone production. The Youth Choir performs at the December and Spring concerts both separately and jointly with the other NCC choirs.