Cincinnati Choral Academy

A collaborative program brought to you by:
The Cincinnati Youth  Choir Cincinnati May Festival, and Vocal Arts Ensemble (VAE).
With generous support provided by: 

Ohio Arts Council, Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation, Louise Taft Semple Foundation, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund

The Cincinnati Choral Academy is a free after-school program offering a comprehensive music literacy and choral education to third-fifth grade students twice per week during two-hour sessions.  Participants who would benefit most from the Choral Academy are recommended by school staff members. Recommended students are not required to have prior musical experience, but a commitment to attending all weekly rehearsals and performances is essential.

Program Mission

The Cincinnati Choral Academy’s mission is to enrich and educate the community by building outstanding young leaders in a safe environment while providing musical excellence to all youth regardless of their background.


Sandra Thornton, is the Assistant Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Youth Choir (CYC), Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department. She also serves as the Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Choral Accademy, CYC’s ChoralQuest, and Educational Director for CYC. Thornton also conducts the Vivace and Allegro choirs and teaches Vocal Pedagogy during the annual CYC Children’s Choir Summer Festival. CLICK HERE to read full bio.

2020-2021 Locations, Teachers, & Rehearsal Schedules:

Carson Elementary School
4323 Glenway Avenue
Teacher: Sarah Grogan, 
Accompanist: Dobin Park
Mondays/Thursdays, 2:30-4:15
Roll Hill School
2411 Baltimore Avenue
Teacher: Anna Calhoun, 
Accompanist: Brian Donaldson
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 2:45-4:15
Frederick Douglass School
2627 Park Avenue
Teacher: Jillian Harrison-Jones
Accompanist: Dobin Park
Tuesdays/Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00

Registration & emergency medical form is due back to the conductor at the singers’ first rehearsal.

CLICK HERE to fill out our forms

Concert details:




It is an honor to be a member of the CCA. Each child (and their family) is expected to demonstrate commitment by; being punctual and consistently attending all rehearsals and performances. Every single child is important to the success of the program. Just as with any other team effort, the success of the choir is reliant on the attendance of all of its members. Therefore, the child and family should make participation a priority. All rehearsals and performances are mandatory for all singers.

Performances are mandatory for all singers. If a singer has a conflict with a performance date (see schedules above), notify the director as soon as possible.


If CPS closes schools, CCA is canceled. If schools are delayed, CCA will run as normal.


The uniform for all concerts consists of the CCA T-shirt (provided), black pants or floor-length black skirts for girls, black socks or hose, and black dress shoes.