In 2013 North Country Chorus held a day long membership retreat, in order to look back at its past and create a vision for its future. One of the observations was that there were fewer opportunities to “grow up singing” than there were years ago. The members dreamed of creating and supporting a community children’s chorus to preserve the traditions of singing through the lifespan.
In our Strategic Plan of 2015 we made the following statements of intent:
We identify, support and access feeder programs, ie local school choruses, other choruses or choirs.
We recognize today’s children are NCC’s future and make opportunities to connect and sing with children to build that future.
Including youth in our concerts
On occasion, the St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltones are invited to perform with NCC to further our mission of promoting lifelong choral singers amongst our young people. Alan Rowe directs that group. We have also been pleased to have opportunties to include the Caledonia Children's Chorus and a St. Johnsbury School 5-6 grade group when our music contained parts for young voices.
NCC Youth Chorus
In developing a youth chorus of our own, our mission is to teach vocal skills, offer opportunities for listening and performing that would deepen each child’s musical understanding and appreciation as well as to encourage personal growth as an individual and as part of a ensemble. In the summer of 2017, to fulfill this mission, we contracted with Kaitlyn Bryant, the choral director at the St. Johnsbury School, to direct a youth chorus. All area children in grades 4-8 were invited to participate. In our Spring 2018 and 2019 concerts, the children performed their own selection of pieces as well as sing with the chorus. The group rehearses weekly on Wednesdays at the St. Johnsbury School from 5-6PM. There is no charge, the cost being underwritten by NCC, with support from our corporate sponsors. For more information contact Ms Bryant at KBryant@stjsd.org .
NCC Music Award for graduating high school student
North Country Chorus annually awards $500. to a North Country student who will go on to study music at a college level. Our 2019 recipient was Kaci Cochran from St. Johnsbury Academy who will study music at Plymouth State College next fall. Next spring we will again contact local music teachers to solicit applications, beginning March 15. The application deadline will be April 15, 2020. The prize will be presented at a Spring concert in May 2020.