The National Children’s Chorus Receives Groundbreaking $1 Million Gift

Anonymous Donor Bets on Future of Young Musicians

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a dramatic and generous gesture today, an anonymous philanthropist
contributed $1 million to the National
Children’s Chorus
(NCC), a performing arts program for students
between the ages of 5 – 18, soon to be making its debut at Walt Disney
Concert Hall. The gift will help provide vital, college-level musical
education for youth in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

“The National Children’s Chorus is quickly becoming one of America’s
cultural treasures,” said NCC Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer. “This
generous endowment—one of the largest of its kind to a children’s
chorus—will sustain the NCC’s outstanding programs and world-class
performances. We are grateful for this investment in the dreams and
aspirations of our talented students.”

Over the past few years, NCC students have been praised for their
excellent music reading capabilities and have been accepted at
prestigious voice and composition programs nationwide, including
Tanglewood Music Festival, Idylwild Musical Festival, Interlochen and
the LA Philharmonic Associate Composers program. Currently, the NCC is
pioneering new ways to enrich the learning experience for all of its
students, and will introduce novel initiatives in the coming seasons.

“We are humbled and honored that our donor believes so deeply in our
educational mission, and is willing to partner with us in our future
growth,” said Executive Director Cristina Demiany. “In 2009, the chorus
consisted of a single class, geared solely towards learning music for
concert appearances. Today we offer a comprehensive educational platform
that includes sight-singing, musicianship in the Kodály Method, private
voice training, composition and conducting instruction.”

On March 13th, the NCC will make its debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall
in collaboration with the American Youth Symphony, singing Tan Dun’s Heaven
Earth Mankind
(Symphony 1997). Presented by the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, the performance will serve as the Los Angeles premiere for
the work. Other events this season include the NCC’s Regional
Auditions for students wanting to apply to the program, to be held on
April 16th in Los Angeles and May 9th in New York. Season finale
performances will take place April 29th at Royce Hall in Los Angeles and
May 7th at Carnegie Hall in New York, both with music tracing the
diverse cultures found along the ancient Silk Road. In July, the NCC
will travel to Hong Kong and Mainland China for its second international
tour with performances in Beijing and Xian.

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