ABOUT US

The National Children’s Chorus of the United States, under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer and Associate Artistic Director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, is quickly establishing itself as one of the world’s leading treble choruses, with nearly 700 students in 18 ensembles, based in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Collaborating with some of the finest music companies in the nation, the group has performed live with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera Company, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Kronos String Quartet, New York City Master Chorale and American Youth Symphony, among others. Its groundbreaking Season 2017/18, entitled Building Bridges, features exquisite repertoire including notable premieres at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. In July of 2018, the chorus will make its 4th major international tour to Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary.

EVENTS BY CITY

Los Angeles

  • 12.15.2018 - 7:00 PM

    Celestial Voices

    This December, come experience a sublime concert presentation as the NCC performs an exquisite collection of holiday music, featuring some of the most beautiful melodies ever written. In addition to seasonal favorites, “America’s most exciting children’s chorus” will sing one of its signature works, A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. This British choral masterpiece, scored for 3-part treble voices and harp, has long been a shining star of the NCC’s extensive repertoire for more than two decades, performed with a level of technical mastery rarely achieved by any youth ensemble in the world. Other heavenly pieces on the program will include music by Ola Gjeilo, Sharon Farber, Morten Lauridsen and John Rutter. Don’t miss what promises to be a magical evening of song at Bel Air Church, highlighting the transcendent artistry of our gifted young vocalists. Secure your seats today!

  • 03.02.2019 - 8:00 PM

    Cellular Songs with Meredith Monk

    West Coast Premiere 

    "At once visceral and ethereal, raw and rapt, Monk's works banish the spurious complexities of urban life and reveal a kind of underground civilization, one that sings, dances, and meditates on timeless forces." —The New Yorker

    Meredith Monk has spent more than five decades exploring and expanding the capacity of that most essential instrument – the human voice. Cellular Songs is the newest in a series of her music theater pieces that explore our interdependent relationship with nature while seeking to evoke the ineffable.

  • 03.31.2019 - 7:30 PM

    Nico Muhly Premiere

    The National Children’s Chorus celebrates its 10th Anniversary and the LA Philharmonic’s Centennial Season in a tour de force performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall this March! Accompanied by the American Youth Symphony (AYS) and joined by Grammy-winning soprano Jessica Rivera, NCC students from New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles will sing an ambitious program demonstrating the chorus’ unique virtuosity and artistic mastery. Co-commissioned by the NCC, AYS and LA Phil, the concert will feature the world premiere of a new large-scale work by celebrated American composer Nico Muhly. The evening will also pay tribute to Maurice Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinski and Alexander Scriabin in a stunning program for the senses, conducted by Carlos Izcaray and Luke McEndarfer. Don’t miss two of America’s finest youth organizations creating spectacular music together for this most historic occasion!

  • 05.09.2019 - 6:00 PM

    Luminous Night

    You are cordially invited to an exquisite evening at The Beverly Hilton, celebrating the remarkable achievements of the National Children's Chorus, with all proceeds benefiting the NCC's educational programs.

  • 05.11.2019 - 4:00 PM

    Spring Showcase

    At the NCC, we value the journey as much as we celebrate the final result, and thus treasure every one of our gifted students’ steps along their path to greatness. This is why our acclaimed Showcases are among our favorite events each year, highlighting the talents and achievements of ensembles in both the Junior and Senior Divisions. In May, from the Prelude Level featuring children as young as five, through our Premier Ensemble with young adults as old as eighteen, the Spring Showcase will demonstrate the extraordinary progression of vocal skills at the NCC in a uniquely loving and supportive environment. Don’t miss this joyous culmination of the season as the full NCC family comes together!

  • 05.16.2019 - 7:30 PM

    Nebula

    This May, get ready for a thrilling season finale with the National Children’s Chorus as its talented young vocalists transport you to another galaxy! Don’t miss an exciting concert presentation, featuring new and timeless repertoire that stretches the imagination and pushes boundaries of what’s sonically possible. Works by Edward Elgar, Eriks Esanvalds, Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo and Samuel Barber will grace the stage at Royce Hall for an unforgettable evening of song. Honoring visionary men and women who have shaped humanity throughout history, this stellar program will celebrate innovation and ingenuity, including a special tribute commemorating NASA’s 60th Anniversary. We hope to see you there!

  • 05.19.2019 - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Spring Auditions — LOS ANGELES

    The National Children’s Chorus, based at the UCLA School of Music, provides children the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary musical environment. The finest instructors work weekly with students to develop their vocal skills from the most basic concepts through the college level.

  • 05.30.2019

    Mahler 8 with LA Phil

    Gustavo Dudamel is renowned for his Mahler interpretations, but neither he nor anyone else has performed Mahler's 8th Symphony inside Walt Disney Concert Hall. Just imagine the huge orchestra, pipe organ and massed choirs in the explosive opening movement, “Come, Creator Spirit.” The National Children’s Chorus joins the LA Philharmonic for a monumental “Symphony of a Thousand”.

  

New York

  • 05.03.2019 - 7:30 PM

    Spring Showcase

    At the NCC, we value the journey as much as we celebrate the final result, and thus treasure every one of our gifted students’ steps along their path to greatness. This is why our acclaimed Showcases are among our favorite events each year, highlighting the talents and achievements of ensembles in both the Junior and Senior Divisions. In May, from the Prelude Level featuring children as young as five, through our Premier Ensemble with young adults as old as eighteen, the Spring Showcase will demonstrate the extraordinary progression of vocal skills at the NCC in a uniquely loving and supportive environment. Don’t miss this joyous culmination of the season as the full NCC family comes together!

  • 05.05.2019 - 3:00 PM

    Nebula

    This May, get ready for a thrilling season finale with the National Children’s Chorus as its talented young vocalists transport you to another galaxy! Don’t miss an exciting concert presentation, featuring new and timeless repertoire that stretches the imagination and pushes boundaries of what’s sonically possible. Works by Edward Elgar, Eriks Esanvalds, Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo and Samuel Barber will grace the stage at Carnegie Hall for an unforgettable afternoon of song. Honoring visionary men and women who have shaped humanity throughout history, this stellar program will celebrate innovation and ingenuity, including a special tribute commemorating NASA’s 60th Anniversary. We hope to see you there!

  • 05.07.2019 - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Spring Auditions — NEW YORK

    The National Children’s Chorus, based near Lincoln Center in Manhattan, provides children the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary musical environment. The finest instructors work weekly with students to develop their vocal skills from the most basic concepts through the college level.

  • 05.22.2019 - 6:00 PM

    Luminous Night

    The National Children's Chorus invites you to an intimate gathering at the beautiful Harry F. Sinclair House in New York, home to the Ukrainian Institute of America on the Upper East Side, with all proceeds benefiting the NCC's educational programs.

  

Washington

  • 05.04.2019 - 4:00 PM

    Spring Showcase

    At the NCC, we value the journey as much as we celebrate the final result, and thus treasure every one of our gifted students’ steps along their path to greatness. This is why our acclaimed Showcases are among our favorite events each year, highlighting the talents and achievements of ensembles in both the Junior and Senior Divisions. In May, from the Prelude Level featuring children as young as five, through our Premier Ensemble with young adults as old as eighteen, the Spring Showcase will demonstrate the extraordinary progression of vocal skills at the NCC in a uniquely loving and supportive environment. Don’t miss this joyous culmination of the season as the full NCC family comes together!

  • 05.06.2019 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Spring Auditions — WASHINGTON, D.C.

    The National Children’s Chorus, based near Thomas Circle in Washington, D.C., provides children the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary musical environment. The finest instructors work weekly with students to develop their vocal skills from the most basic concepts through the college level.

  

San Francisco

  • 01.28.2019 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Winter Auditions — SAN FRANCISCO

    The National Children’s Chorus, based at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, provides children the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary musical environment. The finest instructors work weekly with students to develop their vocal skills from the most basic concepts through the college level.

  

ACCOLADES

"Our daughter has been a part of the NCC since its arrival in NYC and it has been nothing short of a transformative experience for her. She has always loved to sing and was eager to join a choral ensemble. Mr. McEndarfer noted in his first meeting with our daughter during the audition process that, "she sings from her heart", and with that we knew we were in the best of hands, having found someone who could see that her love of singing came from deep inside. "