An advanced group of musicians who serve as the organization’s premiere touring ensemble. Singers range in age from 10-18. Members perform a variety of compositions representing many musical styles from all periods. The Concert Chorus continues the development of musicianship in each individual singer, as well as the ensemble as a whole. Their tour destinations have included many cities in the United States, as well as Canada, Italy, England and Ireland.
The Concert Chorus has appeared at three regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. They have presented solo concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City, performed at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, served as Artists-in-Residence at three universities and performed frequently with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Orleans Symphony. The choirs have also won numerous awards in music festivals throughout the Southern United States and frequently perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Concert Chorus made their solo debut at Carnegie Hall in June of 1997, under the direction of Cheryl Dupont. In February of 1998 they presented a concert with the American Boychoir in New Orleans, and in March 1998 they performed at the national Kodaly convention. In May of 1998 they served as Honor Choir at the Children in Harmony Festival at Walt Disney World.
In June of 1999, NOCC sponsored the first annual Crescent City Choral Festival which was held in downtown New Orleans in June of 1999, culminating with a concert at St. Louis Cathedral. The festival featured ten children’s choirs from throughout the United States. Conductors were NOCC Artistic Director Cheryl Dupont and guest artist Moses Hogan. Subsequent festivals have featured the noted English composer, conductor and singer, Bob Chilcott. In July of 2002, the Concert Chorus served as Young Artists-in-Residence at the Choral Music Experience International Millennium Festival at the National University of Ireland. They were the only American choir to receive this prestigious invitation.
A mixed ensemble for experienced high school singers that performs advanced repertoire written in four-part texture. The Youth Chorale hosted an annual Invitational Choral Festival with orchestra for ten years and has won awards at music festivals throughout the South. They have also performed at Carnegie Hall and at Walt Disney World.
The Youth Chorale tours annually, often with the Concert Chorus. In 2012 the Youth Chorale will travel to Atlanta, Georgia with the Concert Chorus and Northlake Chorus.
Designed for singers ages 7-12, the Lyric Chorus focuses on building a strong musical foundation through practice and performance of choral repertoire suitable for beginning and growing musicians. Vocal development is stressed in addition to music reading, posture, poise, concert etiquette and teamwork. The Lyric Chorus has participated in music festivals and tours of Lafayette, Houston, Kansas City, South Carolina and Disney World. The Lyric Chorus tours every other year with the next tour scheduled for the 2012-2013 season.
Beginning its second year, the Northlake Chorus was formed to bring the NOCC experience to singers in Slidell and other parts of the Northshore. At this point there is only one choir for singers ages 10-17 years old, but plans include expansion into two or more choirs to serve singers of other ages.
The Northlake Chorus is currently an intermediate level Chorus, but will grow to more advanced literature as its members develop more refined skills. The Northlake Chorus performs in Slidell and occasionally joins the New Orleans choirs for special concerts. They will join the Concert Chorus and Youth Chorale on a tour to Atlanta Georgia in June of 2012.