North Country Youth Chorus
North Country Chorus launched the North Country Youth Chorus in 2017. The Youth Chorus is open to any area student in grades 3 through 8. The mission of the North Country Youth Chorus is to teach vocal skills and offer opportunities for listening and performing that deepen each child's musical understanding and appreciation. It also serves to encourage personal growth as an individual and as a member of an ensemble. For the past two years, they have performed their own pieces and sung with the North Country Chorus in its spring performances. They have also performed at the Athenaeum Victorian Holiday Celebration. This year, the group will be under the direction of Lewis Botelho-Gomes. He will incorporate games and movement into the rehearsals as he develops a chorus dedicated to the goals of performance and music literacy. Rehearsals will be held weekly on Fridays at Catamount Arts from 3:30 to 5:00 pm on a date to be announced. The group is open to students in grades three to six and there is no charge to participate.
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 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.