The Blair Children's Chorus Tradition
The Blair Children's Chorus Program was established as part of the precollege division of the Blair School of Music in 1988. BCC has a distinguished history of sharing the love of music with hundreds of children, developing fine musicians, and offering quality concerts to the Nashville community. The BCC has performed numerous times with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, including recent performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish, Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, Roger Waters' Ca Ira, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
In recent years the chorus has toured nationally and internationally, with performance tours of Budapest, Prague, Ireland and Costa Rica. Our students have had the opportunity to study with the most significant pedagogues of vocal youth music education, including Doreen Rao and Bob Chilcott. Blair Children's Chorus graduates have earned music scholarships in music at some of the nation's finest universities. While many pursue music careers, all retain a lifelong love and appreciation for music. Whatever their long-term pursuits may be, BCC graduates find that the poise, self-confidence and discipline learned in choir equips them well for the challenges ahead.
The program is classically based, with strong emphases on healthy vocal production, music reading skills and performance. The singers, who are in grades 1-12, come from throughout Middle Tennessee. What brings these students together is a love of music, a desire to sing and make friends with other singers, and a dedication to achieving significant musical goals.
NOTE: Fall 2020 BCC camps have been canceled due to COVID-19
KEY: CR = Chorale; CC = Concert Choir; CH = Choristers; TC = Training Choir; BC = Boychoir; YMC = Young Men's Chorus; YSB = Young Singers of Blair
How to audition
The next audition dates for the Blair Children's Chorus will be held via Zoom on:
5-7:30 p.m. Monday, December 14
5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 15
Step 1: Families should fill this form out in its entirety.
Step 2: On Sunday, December 13, we will email you a half hour audition window based on your answers on this form.
Step 3: Download and install the Zoom software on your personal computer, tablet or smart phone.
Audition procedures will vary according to age, ability, and previous musical experience. No prepared selection is required. Prospective students should be prepared to sing a familiar song such as "Row Row Row Your Boat," "Happy Birthday" or "My Country 'tis of Thee." Students may also be asked to sight-read a simple melody and/or rhythmic exercise. Audition results will be emailed approximately one week from the date of the audition. For more information about auditions, please email Julie Claverie.