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Children’s Chorus

The Masterworks Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorale is ideal for young people who have a love for music and singing, and seek a quality, challenging musical experience. There are two performance levels; both participate in four public concerts each year:


LEVEL ONE: The Masterworks Children’s Chorus is open to beginning and less experienced singers, grades 3 to 8. Students are admitted through an elementary audition process. Prior experience is not required, but students are expected to demonstrate a rudimentary grasp of singing skills and an appropriate level of maturity.


LEVEL TWO: The Masterworks Youth Chorale is a select ensemble open to talented students, grades 5 through 12. Admission is by audition. Prior experience is preferred, but not required; older beginners may be accepted at the discretion of the conductor. Students are expected to demonstrate vocal and musical ability, an appropriate level of maturity, and a desire to work toward artistic goals.


CURRICULUM: Sequential learning opportunities are designed to carry the child from beginning to advanced stages of musicianship and vocal development. Training includes vocal study, musicianship training, and development of sight singing skills, with particular emphasis on healthy vocal technique and good intonation. Repertoire will focus on selections suitable for young voices, ranging from folk-songs to jazz, and from classics to Broadway, with lyrics in a variety of modern and classical languages.

Children's Chorus will resume in August
and is enrolling new students

We invite young singers, grades 3 – 12, to join us this fall. See registration information below.*


Registration/Audition is required.

Weekly rehearsals will resume in August 2024:

Tuesday afternoons

4:30 – 6:00/6:30 p.m.

Where? St. Paul UCC Church

115 W B St

Belleville, IL  62220

Audition and Registration:

Please inquire by email to or to arrange for an audition for your child. Registrations forms (3) may be downloaded, below.

Children's Chorus Tuition:

Tuition is $400 for returning students, $425 for first time students. Payments may be made by clicking the button below. Please contact Dr. Mager at if assistance is needed.

We are grateful to the good people at Saint Paul UCC and St. Clare of Assisi for providing rehearsal and performance facilities for the Masterworks Children's Chorus.


Kathy Lawton Brown interviews Dr. Mager

on Classic 107.3 FM 

October 26, 2022

Masterworks Childrens - Excpt 1 - Magic of Singing 10.30.22
00:00 / 07:31


“Our family is grateful for Masterworks Children’s Chorale. Our two daughters have grown in their talents as singers but also grown in confidence. We always look forward to the summer camp, and the day rehearsals start back up for the year. Thank you for giving us a great program for our kids!”

- Joy Underwood, parent

Children's Chorus performing "Siyahamba"

Children's Chorus performing "Siyahamba"

Bach, Saint Matthew Passion, 1989, 1994 [with the Bach Society of St. Louis]
Berlioz, The Childhood of Christ, 2010 [with the Masterworks Chorale]
Britten, A Ceremony of Carols, 1994, 1999, 2015
Buxtehude, cantata: Jesu, Meine Freude, 1992
Copland, Old American Songs, 1986, 1992, 2002, 2013
Dvorak, Moravian Duets, 1991, 1993
Fauré, Messe Basse, 1995; Requiem, 1993 [with the St. Louis Providence Singers]; 2011
Gilbert And Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore (abridged), 1997, 2015
Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretl (abridged), 1993, 2000
Praetorius-Mager, Tapestry of the Holy Birth, 1996, 2016, 2019 [with the Masterworks Chorale]
Mozart, The Magic Flute (abridged), 1995; Ave verum corpus, 1998
Perlogesi, cantata, Stabat mater, 1991, 1996, 2013
Schubert, Gott ist mein Hirt, D. 706, 1991, 1992, 1997
Die Allmacht, 1997; Kyrie Eleison from Mass No. 2, 2000
Johann Strauss II, On the Beautiful Blue Danube, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010

Strauss, Roses from the South, 1992, 1998

Vaughan Williams, oratorio: Hodie, 1989, 1991 [with the Bach Society of St. Louis]

Vaughan Williams, Songs of Travel, 1988, 1989
Williamson, Ode to Music, 1993
Standard repertoire also includes shorter excerpts from cantatas and art songs by Bach, Beethoven,
Brahms, Duruflé, Fauré, Handel, Mahler, Mozart, Purcell, Schubert, Schumann, and Johann Strauss.


Bartok, Three Hungarian Folk Songs, 1986
Berger, Three More Bugs, 1990
Bertaux, Children’s Songs of the British Isles, 1996
Britten, Friday Afternoons, 1986
Chilcott, Can You Hear Me, 2001, 2003, 2013; The Time of Snow, 2003
Finzi, Ten Children’s Songs, 1988, 1991
Grundman, Zoo Illogical, 1990, 1995, 2010
Henderson, Through the Eyes of Children, 1986, 1990, 1997, 2012;
A Tree Toad, 2001, 2003; You’ll Never Guess What I Saw, 2003

Jennings, Green Stemmed World, 1990
Leck (arr.), South African Suite, 1994, 1999
Mager, Caribbean Songs, 1991, 1995; French Folk Songs, 1994, 2012
Parker, Water Songs, 2001, 2015
Raminsh, Songs of the Lights, 1998, 1990
Scarlatti, We Will Sing for Joy, 2001, 2003
Tate, Three Moravian Carols, 1990, 1999
Wienhorst, Blake Settings, 1994
Wilder, Lullabies and Nightsongs, 1988

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