"Above all, we believe in the beauty and power of choral singing, and its ability to develop confidence, encourage self-discovery, build relationships, and acquire skills that will last a lifetime."
-Artistic Director John Yankee
The Cape Cod Children's Chorus is a dynamic group of the Cape Conservatory. Students experience the power and joy of choral music while pursuing the highest levels of excellence in vocal training and musicianship. We seek to enrich the lives of each member, share our music throughout the region, and build a reputation not only on the Cape, but beyond. At each level of this sequential program, children learn healthy vocal technique, incorporating posture, breath support, vocal placement, head voice and diction. Music literacy is fostered in order to develop greater sight singing, ear training and interpretative skills.
Students experience and perform a variety of musical styles and historic periods, including folk, world, popular and classical songs. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to discover and uncover more about themselves and their "natural instrument," while making new friends, joyful music, and terrific memories.
CHOIRS WITHIN THE CHILDREN'S CHORUS PROGRAM:
Concert Choir: The flagship, auditioned chorus of the program. John Yankee directs the choir of intermediate to advanced singers. The Concert Choir may have additional performance opportunities, including holiday concerts with the Falmouth Chorale.
Junior Chorus: A training choir comprised of treble singers ages 8 & up. All students are welcome to join but we request new students audition with the director. The program develops music basics such as theory, interval training, rhythm and sight-singing techniques. Attention span and concentration are points of focus . The Junior Chorus will have joint concerts with the Concert Choir in the fall and spring.
New! Debut Chorus: Students ages 5-9 will work with teaching artist Christy King to learn and experience the fundamental concepts of choral singing: breathing, healthy singing, vowel production, and solfege. Young singers will embark on the beginning stages of note-reading, sight-singing & ear-training, discovering more about their voices and how to sing as an ensemble. We will work together as a group to learn exciting music and sing beautiful songs in this supportive, encouraging choir. The choir will participate in an end-of-semester performance. DETAILS
We welcome all students with a passion for singing - or even a burning curiosity - to join the Cape Cod Children's Chorus program. New students of the Junior Chorus and Concert Choir should schedule a brief audition with the director. Students joining Debut Chorus may register without auditioning.
The brief placement audition is conducted in a personable, supportive atmosphere with the Director. Students should be prepared to sing the refrain to "America the Beautiful" from memory, unaccompanied, starting on a pitch of their own choosing.
"America, America, God shed His grace on thee;
And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea."
In addition, students will be asked to sing simple exercises to determine abilities in pitch-matching, melodic memory, vocal range, tone quality, music-reading, attitude, aptitude, and potential. Come with a smile and simply do your best!
Auditions for the 17|18 academic year will take place on April 10 (Barnstable campus) and April 11 (Falmouth campus), commencing at 4pm each day. To register your student for a 10-minute audition, please email us.
John Yankee, Artistic Director
A dynamic and versatile musician, John Yankee is the founding artistic director of the Cape Cod Children's Chorus, artistic director of the Falmouth Chorale, music director of the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, and he leads the choral program at Falmouth Academy. Since coming to the Cape in September 2007, he has been active in many other musical venues as a singer and performer on the hammered dulcimer and keyboards. In addition, he coaches ensembles, teaches privately and leads a variety of concerts, workshops and community sings. Prior to settling in Falmouth, Mr. Yankee served as artistic director of the San Diego Choral Union and Children's Choir and he founded the Telluride Choral Society, the Children's Chorus of Telluride, and the Telluride Chamber Orchestra. An active composer and arranger, he has a long affiliation with the Walden School for Young Composers. He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory (BM) and Yale School of Music (MM) and has also studied at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Pittsburgh.
Christy King, Teaching Artist
Christy King is a vocalist, composer, conductor, and music educator who believes every student has a voice. Christy earned her BA in Music with a concentration in Theory & Composition from The College of Charleston, where she studied composition under Dr. Yiorgos Vassilandonakis. She also pursued her studies at the university in voice, piano, and choral conducting. Christy’s passion for choral music is what inspired her to become a music teacher. At the Conservatory, Christy teaches voice, composition & early childhood music classes in addition to conducting the two youngest choirs in the Cape Cod Children’s Chorus. Prior to teaching at the Conservatory, she was a Music Theory Tutor at the college level and also worked with middle school students. In addition to teaching, Christy’s compositions have been commissioned for an array of ensembles in the Southern region. Christy has sung as in many highly esteemed ensembles, such as the CofC Concert Choir and the Taylor Festival Choir. She also serves as a worship leader at Calvary Chapel Cape Cod. Christy is earning a Master of Music in Music Education from Boston University in 2017.
CONCERT CHOIR & JUNIOR CHORUS SEASON SCHEDULE: