The FOUNDATIONS CHOIR, an entry-level choir for the young singer, includes students who can match pitch and love to sing. They work to improve unison singing skills and begin singing two parts. Solfege and rhythm reading are skills developed over the season as the choristers transition from rote learning to basic score reading. The Foundations Choir performs at the December and Spring concerts both separately and jointly with the other NCC choirs.
The TOURING CHOIR includes mostly middle school choristers with intermediate to 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 Foundations Choir, 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. Infused in the preparation of repertoire are lessons and principles in healthy vocal technique and overall musical literacy. 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 in December and Spring NCC concerts.