KCC is delighted to announce that we performed our spring concert in person, outdoors at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Dayton on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Featured guests included Dayton’s Guitar Man, Jim McCutcheon and hammered dulcimer artist, Amanda Roberts.
“This season was so difficult in so many ways, ” said Artistic Director Christina Smith, “but our concert proved to me what resilient people our singers are. At any time, they could have said, “It’s too hard” or “I don’t like this” or “I can’t do this” and then logged off, never to be seen over Zoom again. However, they did not. They stuck with our rehearsals when they couldn’t hear anyone else, they had to read their music on their phone, their camera was not working. There were days that I thought, “I don’t want to run a rehearsal today” but then the very next hour, I was elated that I had seen all of their faces!”
“As much as I dislike “Zooming”, at least we were all able to stay connected, and, for that, I am forever grateful. The KCC could have chosen to pack it in for the season, but we decided that our singers were too important. Rehearsing at home was still rehearsing, and they met the challenge of having to do most things on their own this year. Believe me, I know how hard it was for everyone to do this, and we so appreciate their dedication to our choir.”
The entire KCC Staff hopes everyone has a wonderful summer, and we look forward to being back at Wright State” for Summer Sing in August, and the entire 2021-2022 Season.
If you or someone you know would like to become part of the Kettering Children’s Choir for the 2021-2022 season, you are invited to audition on one of the following dates:
Saturday, June 12, 2021 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) Normandy Church, 450 W Alex Bell Rd, Dayton, OH 45459
Saturday, July 10, 2021 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) Normandy Church, 450 W Alex Bell Rd, Dayton, OH 45459
Saturday, August 7, 2021 (3:00-4:00 p.m. in conjunction with our Summer Sing!) Wright State University Creative Arts Center
Auditions are for Chorus, Chorale, Concert Choir and Cappella. For more information, please call 937-701-4893, or email us at email@example.com.)
PLANS DURING THE PANDEMIC
A World of Opportunities
KCC weekly rehearsals, whether virtual or in-person, will offer training and growth in the following curricular areas:
*VOICE BUILDING – Singers will develop improved vocal technique in the areas of breathing, alignment, production, tone, resonance, flexibility and range.
*MUSICIANSHIP – Singers will work on activities in musical reading and writing, ear training, improvisation and score reading for the choral singer.
*VOCAL REPERTOIRE – Singers will use their skills in vocal technique and score reading to learn pieces of different musical styles and from various time periods with a focus on artistry and expressive elements.
*GUEST CLINICIANS – Singers will learn from guest clinicians 2-3 times per year on a variety of music-related topics.
*PERFORMANCE PROJECTS – Singers will create video-based performance projects using music learned in rehearsals.
*CHORAL CONNECTION – Singers will enjoy times of sharing, games, and fun challenges with their choir friends.
*SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES – Singers will have opportunities to reach out to the community in significant and safe ways.
We Are Here for You
Our children NEED to sing, grow and have meaningful ways to connect. The Kettering Children’s Choir is committed to being here to give your singer these valuable experiences during the 2021-2022 season. We want to thank you for your commitment to our organization during this difficult time.
LINKS TO REGISTRATION/MEDICAL RELEASE FORM AND PAYMENT FORM
https://form.jotform.com/201526946201146 (Tuition and donations)
The Kettering Children’s Choir is fully committed to the continued creation of singing hearts during the 2020-2021 season. We will prioritize the safety of our families, while upholding our role throughout Ohio as a premier vocal ensemble and choral school with structured musical training and high quality standards of artistic performance and music appreciation. Join us for an historic season!
NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR!
KCC is very excited to announce that, starting with the 2020-2021 season, Mrs. Christina Smith will take over as the Artistic Director of the Kettering Children’s Choir! Mrs. Smith has done terrific work with the Concert Choir over this last year, and we’re confident that she’s the perfect fit as the next Artistic Director. Not only is she an incredible music educator with decades of successful teaching experience in the area, she also loves the KCC and is invested in both its short and long-term success. In addition, she provides stability, as she and her family live and are rooted in the Dayton area. We can’t wait to see the KCC grow and blossom under the leadership of Mrs. Smith!
The Jauss’s will do everything they can to help ensure the ongoing success of the KCC, from a distance in their new home near Erie, PA. In fact, given that rehearsals will continue virtually for at least the first half of the 2020-2021 season, Mrs. Jauss will continue as the Chorus director and assist Mrs. Smith with Artistic Director responsibilities for one more year.
Please join us in welcoming and supporting Mrs. Smith in this new role!
Who are we?
The Kettering Children’s Choir is a choral organization whose mission is to educate the talented young singers, ages 8 – 18, of the Miami Valley and build an appreciation for musical excellence.
Our vision is to be known throughout Ohio as a premier vocal ensemble and choral school, with structured musical training, high quality standards of artistic performance and music appreciation. Participation of a diverse population of talented school age singers is sought from throughout the Miami Valley region, offering opportunities for:
- Growth in vocal technique
- Experience and performance in ensemble choral singing at the highest artistic level
- Exposure to multi-culture repertoire as well as established literature
- Regional and international travel related to performance
- The creation of a “singing heart” in each child