NMC Children's Choir group earns top honors at New York competition

The Northwestern Michigan College Children’s Choir’s top group—Cantus—is back home after a performance tour to New York City, which culminated in earning the Grand Champion honor at a festival competition at the College of Staten Island.  Cantus was awarded a gold medal for their performance at the festival, as well earning the competition’s top award for choirs.  The festival featured middle school and high school choirs, bands and orchestras from around the United States.

Cantus is made up of fifth through ninth grade students, and their tour allowed them to take in the sights and sounds of New York City including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island the 9/11 Memorial, Empire State Building, Central Park, St. John the Divine Cathedral, attend a “Broadway Audition” workshop, a performance on Broadway and visit Times Square.

The group also performed at St. Paul’s Chapel, which NMC Director of Music Programs Jeffrey Cobb termed, “a beautiful church with an incredible history.”  The chapel served as the center for rescue operations after the events of September 11, 2001.  One of the few buildings next to the Twin Towers that was undamaged, the church remains a shrine to those lost in the tragedy. 

The NMC Children’s Choir invites other singers who will be in kindergarten through ninth grade next fall to join for next season.  Auditions for fall 2013 will be held June 4-6.  Call (231) 995-1700 for more information and to reserve an audition spot. 

Singers in second through eight grade are also invited to join NMC’s “Kids Choir Camp” June 17-21.  Experienced singers and those brand new to singing are all welcome to take part.  Singers will be placed in one of three choirs based on age and experience.  Each day is a new encounter with choir rehearsals and selecting from a variety of electives including hand-drumming, class piano, folk dance and music theater.  Call (231) 995-1700 or nmc.edu/childrenschoir for more information.


Jeffrey Cobb, NMC Director of Music Programs
(231) 995-1700