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NMCCC Ensembles

Cantus (kahn’-toos – Latin for “choir”)
Cantus is NMCCC’s largest and most advanced performing ensemble for young ladies and gentlemen. (Primarily 7th - 9th graders.) Singers rehearse Thursday evenings as well as monthly Saturday afternoon rehearsals. Cantus performs in NMCCC’s Holiday, Winter and Spring Concerts, at community events throughout the season and, as opportunities present, with guest artists and organizations such as the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Cantus tours each spring, offering singers unique performance and cultural opportunities.
Jeffrey Cobb, Director

Ragazzo (rah-gaht’-soh – Italian for “youth”)
Ragazzo is comprised of children who audition directly into the ensemble with more advanced musical abilities, along with singers who have been promoted from the Lyric Choir. (Primarily 5th and 6th graders.) Singers rehearse Thursday evenings as well as monthly Saturday afternoon rehearsals. Ragazzo performs in NMCCC’s Holiday, Winter and Spring Concerts, and, as opportunities present, at community events.
Jeffrey Cobb, Director

Lyric (a musical term meaning “having a pleasing or melodious sound”)
Lyric is comprised of children who audition directly into the ensemble, along with singers who have been promoted from the Bel Canto Choir. (Primarily 4th and 5th graders.) Singers rehearse Thursday evenings as well as monthly Saturday afternoon rehearsals. Lyric performs in NMCCC’s Holiday, Winter and Spring Concerts, and, as opportunities present, at community events.
Stephanie Schall-Brazee, Director

Bel Canto (bell kahn’-toh – Italian for ”beautiful singing”)
Bel Canto includes children with some prior musical experience — who audition directly into the ensemble — and singers who have been promoted from the Dolce Choir. (Primarily 3rd and 4th graders.) Singers rehearse Thursday evenings as well as some Saturday afternoon rehearsals. Bel Canto performs in NMCCC’s Holiday, Winter and Spring Concerts.
David and Mary Parrish, Co-Directors

Dolce (dohl’-chay – Italian for ”sweet”)
Dolce is NMCCC’s non-auditioned, introductory choir for younger children with little or no prior musical experience. (Primarily 2nd and 3rd graders.) Singers rehearse Thursday evenings as well as a few Saturday afternoon rehearsals. Singers build their foundational music skills in a fun, interactive learning environment, learning recognizable folk-based repertoire appropriate for beginning singers. Dolce performs in their November “Informance” and in NMCCC’s Winter and Spring Concerts.
Todd Vipond, Director

Prelude (a musical term meaning “introductory music”)
Prelude is NMCCC’s introductory program for Kindergarten and 1st grade students. This non-auditioned group meets Thursday nights for a shortened eight-week session. In Prelude, young singers have the opportunity to learn about their voices and learn basic singing techniques in a friendly, nurturing environment.
Stephanie Schall-Brazee, Director

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