About

CINCINNATI CHILDREN'S CHOIR

Ensemble-in-Residence of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Community Engagement.
The Cincinnati Children’s Choir is an educationally based choral ensemble program. Participants learn healthy vocal technique, sight-reading, music history and music theory while experiencing performance excellence using the philosophies and techniques of Carl Orff, Zoltan Kodaly, Jacques Dalcroze and Jerome Brunner.
The learning environment is creative, explorative and fun. The children form lasting relationships with children outside of their community and develop a lifelong appreciation of music.
CCC members have toured Scandinavia, England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States.
Founded in 1993, CCC has recently received wide acclaim by winning the following awards:
• 2016 Chorus America ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming
• 2015 American Prize in Choral
Performance for Youth Choirs
• CityBeat’s Best of 2015 & 2017 Reader Picks for Best Local Vocal Arts Group
• Gold Medal Choir, Youth Choirs of Equal Voices, World Choir Games 2012
• Winner of the 2008 Scripps-Corbett Award, Artist Category

Learn about CCC's History

VISION

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir envisions a thriving global community strengthened and transformed by musical artistry.

MISSION

It is the mission of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir to offer all children the opportunity to experience musical excellence in a creative environment.
Participants demonstrate musical understanding, artistry, achievement and confidence through passionate performances and collaborations with premier ensembles and children’s choirs throughout the world. The Cincinnati Children’s Choir (CCC) builds stronger communities by creating a comprehensive foundation that supports music educators and develops tomorrow’s leaders.

GOALS

It is the goal of the CCC program:
• To educate children of any background.
• To offer every child an opportunity to experience musical excellence in a developmentally appropriate, sequential setting.
• To expose singers and their audiences to superb choral repertoire including sacred, secular and world music.
• To encourage, promote and perform new compositions for children’s choir.
• To demonstrate in performance the knowledge and skills gained.
• To strengthen self-confidence in all who participate.
• To offer a venue for young musicians to create, socialize, learn and perform with others from Greater Cincinnati and the world.
• To provide opportunities to sing with musicians from other cultures to gain understanding and respect for global diversity.
• To support music educators through clinics, seminars and networking opportunities.

2017 Strategic PlanTax Forms

Contact the Cincinnati Children’s Choir:

Cincinnati Children’s Choir
University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0236
Phone: (513) 556-0338
Email: choir@cincinnatichoir.org

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CORE VALUES

Education

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir provides a learning environment that is creative and nurturing. Singers are informed and reflective building upon their knowledge and musical understanding as they become independent musicians.

Confidence

Participation in the program fosters joyful fulfillment, a sense of achievement, increased independence, confidence and leadership qualities in our choristers.

Community

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir provides entertaining programming of artistic and cultural merit that promotes unity and understanding between people of varied backgrounds. CCC strives to support the Greater Cincinnati community by providing training and networking opportunities for music professionals, providing choral opportunities for children in far reaching suburbs and collaborating with various cultural organizations.

Collaboration

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir enjoys collaborating with area music educators, composers and arts organizations. Joint ventures enable a greater exposure of CCC to the community and provide our singers with invaluable learning opportunities.

Integrity

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir operates with responsibility and accountability to those who support and collaborate with the program whether they are stakeholders, volunteers, donors or families. We honor these relationships and realize the importance of open and honest communication.

Inclusiveness

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir provides a safe haven for young singers. Through the welcoming environment, each child is valued and accepted. Need-based tuition assistance is made available throughout the year and outreach programs are developed to meet children in their communities focusing on underserved. Singers explore diversity in membership and repertoire performed providing opportunities to build personal friendships with others outside of their community, transforming young lives.

Staff

Robyn Reeves Lana

Founder, Managing Artistic Director

Lauren Hess

Executive Director

Sandra Bosher Thornton

Assistant Artistic Director

Jim Waddle

Operations Manager

Rachel Breeden

Community Engagement & Marketing Manager

Jason McKee

Associate Director

Heather Vest

Associate Director

Sarah Grogan

Director of the Cincinnati Choral Academy

Megan Battles

Principal Accompanist

Jillian Harrison-Jones

Richard W. Wesp Assistant Director

John Crandall

Satellite Choir Conductor

Faith Diehl

Satellite Choir Conductor

Cynthia Gray

Composer, Satellite Choir Conductor

Leslie Hicks

Satellite Choir Conductor

Board of Directors

Front Row (L-R):  Cheryl McElroy, Paula Goschke, Lissa Ray
Back Row (L-R): Tim Lana, Michael Spresser, Ronald Stoerker, Connie Graham, Marc Katz, Eric Oliver

Michael Spresser

President

Lissa Ray

Vice President

Tim Lana

Treasurer
Operations Manager, Ohio ~ CE Power Engineered Services

Ronald Stoerker

Vice Treasurer
Business Manager, Wyoming Presbyterian Church

Robyn Lana

Founder & Artistic Director
Cincinnati Children’s Choir

John Martin

Non-Voting Member
Assistant Dean, Preparatory and Community Engagement, CCM

Paula Goschke

Member
Pediatric Nurse, St. Luke Hospital

Marc Katz

Member
Retired CPS Music Educator

Eric Oliver

Member
Director of the Loretta C. Manggrum Chorale, & Minister of Music at Zion Baptist Church

Connie Graham

Member
Global Privacy Compliance Manager, Procter & Gamble (retired)

Zachary Prendergast

Member
Attorney, Roetzel & Andress

Cheryl McElroy

Parent Liaison

Advisory Board

Dr. Earl Rivers

Director of Choral Studies
University of Cincinnati

H. Jane Gavin

Member
Retired Music Educator

Henry Leck

Founding Director
Indianapolis Children’s Choir

Jack Lee

Ta Fong Children’s Choir
Taipei-Hsien, Taiwan, R. O. C.

Lori Lobsiger

Consultant

Isidore Rudnick

Cincinnati Public Schools, Fine Arts Curriculum Manager

Teacher Advisory Board

If your school district is not yet represented and you would like to serve on the board, please contact us.

TAB will offer 4 complimentary professional development and networking sessions during the year. Full details TBD for 2017-2018.

Crescendo Project – Promoting Growth Together 

Want a CCC staff specialist to come to your school?  CLICK HERE for full details

Resources:

CCC’s Teacher Advisory Board (TAB) consists of a committee of educators representing many school districts from across the Tri-State. Through our work with TAB, we hope to better connect CCC with the Greater Cincinnati community of music educators.

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir is pleased to welcome the following teachers onto the Teacher Advisory Board:

TAB Member   School School District
Lori Adams Madeira Elementary Madeira
Brett Albright Taylor HS Three Rivers
Karen Allen Batavia
Sarah Baker Little Miami HS Little Miami
Weseley Barnfield North Avondale Montessori CPS
Patrick Bauer one of the Norwood elementary Norwood
Joe Beal Lebanon HS Lebanon
Julia Bethune Sycamore
Katie Blasing Clermont Northeastern West Clermont
Alice Bohn Indian Hill Elementary Indian Hill Exempted Village
Patty Bolender Milford
Dawn Bruestle Retired – Fairfield
Michelle Burkey Nagel Middle School Forest Hills
Tim Carpenter Milford Milford
Allison Corbin Elda Elementary Ross
Andrew Critzer St. Bernard-Elmwood Place
Jeremy David Maddux Elementary Forest Hills
Ligaya DeLeon Princeton Elementary Princeton
Jennifer Dietsch Lakota
Della Enns CHCA
Tim Fuchtman CIncinnati Public
Richard Goist Bethel-Tate HS Bethel-Tate
Rick Hagee Good Shepherd
Leslie Hagen Campell County KY
Bethany Hamann Lindeman & Miles Elementary Schools Erlanger Public School
Dee Dee Hamlin Retired Retired – Forest Hills
Katie Hayward Dixie Heights HS Northern Kentucky
Doug Heflin New Richmond
Leslie Hicks Middletown
Elena Ivanova Mt. Washington Elementary Cincinnati Public
Jeanine Jason Dater Montessori Cincinnati Public
Matthew Jenkins Kings Mills Elementary Kings Local
Marie Kramer Deer Park
Chelsea Lamping Delhi Middle School Oak Hills
Charlotte Loflin St. Ursula Villa
Liz McGahey Mariemont High School Mariemont
Jason McKee Wm. Mason HS Mason
Claire Miller Lakeside Presbyterian Church
Hope Milthaler Kings HS Kings Local
Everett Moore Mt. Healthy
Jocelyn Moses Mason Intermediate Mason
Stephanie Nash Lakeside Presbyterian Church
Angie Pendleton Lockland
Brian Potts Wyoming MS/HS Wyoming
Sara Potts CHCA
Amanda Purdy Southwest
Lissa Ray Retired Retired – Sycamore
Mary Scaggs Fort Thomas KY
Ben Schneider Maple Dale Elementary Sycamore
Deb Shawver Talawanda
Holly Trenkamp Kenton KY
Kay Tyler Lynchburg-Clay Elementary School Lynchburg-Clay
Megan Weaver Winton Woods Elementary Winton Woods
Robin Wilson Lotspeich Seven Hills

Alumni

We want to get back in touch with as many alumni as possible!  Please take a moment to fill out this form and let us know what you’re up to. You can also tell us what kinds of alumni events you’re interested in and if you’d like to volunteer.

We are so excited to invite you to our 25th Anniversary Gala & Concert:

Gala Dinner & Silent Auction: March 17th – 6pm
Cincinnati Club – 30 Garfield Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45202 

&

Legacy 25 Concert: March 18th – 5pm
Corbett Auditorium-University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music

Join us to hear the current generation perform, continuing the legacy you created.  We would also like to invite you to sing May The Road Rise To Meet You (Eleanor Daley).

You can wear any combination of Red, Black & White as your choir uniform.

Come sing & eat together with great friends! RSVP HERE.

Want to tour IRELAND with fellow alumni July 2018? CLICK HERE for full details.

Please contact CCC Community Engagement & Marketing Manager, Rachel Breeden at:

rbreeden@cincinnatichoir.org, with any questions.

Alumni Updates

See what your fellow CCC alumni are up to!
Want to share or update your story? Click HERE.

2017 Updates:

Caitlyn Lana (1999-2011)

Caitlyn moved back to Ohio after teaching for two years in Texas! She will be teaching 6th grade orchestra and assisting at with middle school and high school orchestra in Mason City Schools. “I am so excited to be back in Cincinnati and working with CCC again on the Alumni tour.”

Lauren Morris (1996-2000)

Lauren is now a financial Planner, and a managing member of Retirement Plan Advisors, Ltd. She is a proud dog mom, and she finally learned how to poach eggs!

Jennifer Hadley (2011-2014)

Jennifer is currently applying to medical schools!

Tara Traxler (2004 – 2010)

Tara will be getting married on October 7th of this year! She just finished her Masters in Music at the University of Oklahoma, and is hunting for a teaching job at a local college or university.

Jillian Phillips (2001 – 2004)

Jillian will be graduating with her Master’s in English Literature in May 2018.

Rebekah Mabalot (1995 – 2000)

Rebekah got married in 2013. Since leaving CCC she has sung in many other choirs including MUSE, St John’s Choir, Voices of the Commonwealth, and is now a member of Young Professionals’ Choral Collective (YPCC)

Ted Rosenberry (1998-2002)

Ted has launched his own blog and podcast website, tedtalksports.com, a dream that he has had for quite some time. He and his wife, Eileen Parry, have recently bought our first home in Lebanon, Ohio where we live with their dog, Scrappy Doo.

Kaylaya Crutcher (1998-2002)

Kaylaya got married in 2013, and had a daughter, Shyanne, in 2014, and a son, Gideon, in 2016. 

Past Tours

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir has performed to international audiences with tours of Japan, Italy, China, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, England, Wales, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, England, Canada, and the United States.

Sights & Sounds

2016-2017 Season in Review