Children's Choruses

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 CHORUSES REPERTOIRE

STANDARD REPERTOIRE
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
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
Humperdinck Hansel And Gretl (abridged), 1993, 2000
Praetorius-Mager Tapestry of the Holy Birth, 1996
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

Roses from the South, 1992, 1998

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

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.

 

SIGNIFICANT REPERTOIRE
Bartok Three Hungarian Folk Songs, 1986
Berger Three More Bugs, 1990
Bertaux Children’s Songs of the British Isles, 1996
Britten Friday Afternoons, 1986
Caccini Ave Maria, 2002
Chilcott Can You Hear Me, 2001, 2003, 2013; The Time of Snow, 2003
Ebel-Sabo Wind on the Hill, 2001; Who Has Seen the Wing, 2002
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 South African Suite, 1994, 1999
Mager Caribbean Songs, 1991, 1995; French Folk Songs, 1994, 2012
Parker Water Songs, 2001
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

Artistic Director & Conductor

Membership &Auditions

Kimberly Green, Personnel Manager

chasenajsmom@gmail.com

Management & Ticket Inquiries

General Information

P.O. Box 8374

Belleville, Illinois 62222  

(618) 416-1839

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Masterworks is supported by donations from individual contributors as well as partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.