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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.

Upcoming events

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:

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 8

and 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, August 10

Step 1: Families should fill this form out in its entirety. 
Step 2: On Wednesday, August 5, 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. 

Fall 2020 Courses:

BCC: Chorale

Mary Biddlecombe, Director

Boys and Girls, must be members of another BCC ensemble

Chorale provides an opportunity for our advanced students to sing in a mixed SATB ensemble that is not restricted by age or gender, but by a higher standard for musicianship, repertoire and performance. Students will rehearse for this choir in addition to their primary choir, and must have completed at least one semester in that ensemble to be eligible.

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 PM beginning August 19 (Rehearsals will begin on Zoom)

BCC: Choristers

Mary Biddlecombe, Director

Girls in grade 5 and older

This intermediate choir sings multiple concerts per year and attends choral camp each fall. Choristers repertoire includes music with multiple parts, and singers alternate voice parts on each piece in order to develop strong vocal technique and musicianship skills. Choristers sometimes joins Concert Choir in performances in the Nashville area and have enjoyed weekend tours to several states. For admission to this chorus, a child should demonstrate singing that is on pitch and in tune with a pleasant quality. In 2020 members of the Blair Choristers were invited to perform at the Southern Division American Choral Directors Conference in Mobile, AL.

Rehearsals: Mondays, 5:30-6:30 PM beginning August 17 (Rehearsals will begin on Zoom)

BCC: Concert Choir

Mary Biddlecombe, Director

Girls in grades 8-12

This select choir gives multiple concerts per year, tours every summer and attends a weekend fall camp. Concert Choir has performed numerous times with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and other area arts organizations. Recent concert tours and festivals have taken the choir to Budapest, Prague, Ireland, Costa Rica, Oregon, New Mexico, Canada and Germany.

Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:50-8:20 PM beginning August 17 (Rehearsals will begin on Zoom)

BCC: Nashville Boychoir

 

Mary Biddlecombe, Director

Boys in grade 3 and older

This chorus sings repertoire that boys have enjoyed for centuries, including classical music, art songs, folk songs and modern compositions written specifically for boys' voices. Members of the Boychoir have performed with the Nashville Symphony, the Boston Camerata, at civic events, in local schools, churches and at Blair. Travel has taken them to several states, as well as an international tour to Germany. For admission to this chorus, a child should demonstrate singing that is on pitch and in tune with a pleasant quality. In 2020 members of the Nashville Boychoir were invited to perform at the Southern Division American Choral Directors Conference in Mobile, AL

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 PM beginning August 20 (Rehearsals will begin on Zoom)

BCC: Training Choir

Emily Clark, Director

Boys and Girls in grades 1-3

Introduction to singing, music activities and fundamentals are the focus of this choral group. Singers will learn how to find the singing voice and produce it. They will begin learning the language of music and they will enjoy making music as they learn.Students enjoy singing with the Young Singers of Blair in rehearsal and performance sometimes. This group performs once a semester, but the primary focus is on learning and enjoyment. Previous choral experience is not necessary - we look for a free singing tone that is on pitch and in tune, a love of singing and a desire to be part of a team.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 4:40-5:40 PM beginning August 20 (Rehearsals will begin on Zoom)

BCC: Young Men's Chorus

Tucker Biddlecombe, Director

Boys with changed or changing voices.

The Young Men's Chorus is for boys whose voices are in the process of changing or have changed. We work on healthy vocal technique and new ways of using voices as they go through transition. Repertoire includes music written for men's voices, SATB literature with the Boychoir, and other ensemble pieces with the other Blair Children's Choruses. There are several opportunities to perform each semester. Travel has taken them to several states, as well as an international tour to Germany. A good sense of pitch, unforced sound and a willingness to explore new ways of singing are needed for this group.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:00-8:20 PM beginning August 20 (Rehearsals will begin on Zoom)

BCC: Young Singers of Blair

Emily Clark, Director

Boys and Girls in grades 3-5

Students in this ensemble enjoy developing their voices, ears and musicianship through singing and music reading. They sometimes sing in two parts and enjoy partnering with the Training Choir at times for rehearsal and performance. This group performs once or twice a semester, with the primary focus being on learning and enjoyment. Previous choral experience is not necessary - we look for a free singing tone that is on pitch and in tune, a love of singing and a desire to be part of a team.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 4:40-5:40 PM beginning August 20 (Rehearsals will begin on Zoom)

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