CPS Honor Choir

In 2012, the Cincinnati Youth Choir (CYC) received generous funding from the Louise Deterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacers Foundation, to help create the Cincinnati Public School (CPS) Honor Choir program.  During our first year, 80+ CPS students, from 23 + different CPS schools combined forces and performed with our award-winning Bel Canto Choir during the World Choir Games at the gorgeous Aronoff Center! Funds continued to provide a group 115+ singers the opportunity to learn and perform with our Bel Canto choir 2013- 2019. After a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2022, we once again welcomed the top talent from each CPS School, and reunited to create beautiful music together, without financial obligation.                 

Program Details:

Students in grade 3-7, who have been identified as gifted in the area of vocal music, from each of the 46 CPS elementary schools are invited to participate in this city-wide honor choir mentored by the Cincinnati Youth Choir under the direction of the nationally known clinician/conductor, Robyn Lana. They will have 2 days of intense rehearsal and then perform their repertoire during our CPS Gala concert in April. The Honor Choir will be exposed to CYC’s philosophies and participate without financial requirement.

We will continue to teach the students a diverse repertoire of choral pieces from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, which mirror the students’ heritages, and premier a commission by Dr. Anthony Trecek-King, Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral activities at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, and a resident conductor with the Handel and Haydn Society. Dr. Trecek-King will work with the singers, and will be in attendance to premiere the work during the Gala concert.

2023 Schedule: 

Saturday, April 15, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229

Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; Free Concert: 3:00-4:00 pm, Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229

Lunch and uniform shirt are provided.

2023 Flyer (Click Here)

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/QE5M7VpJ1UU95Z3K9

For more information please contact Kathleen Riemenschneider, Director of Operations, at kathleenr@cincinnatichoir.org, or by phone at 513-556-0338.

Anthony Trecek-King:
(Taken from https://www.trecekking.com/)

Over the past 20 years, DR. ANTHONY TRECEK-KING has cultivated an international reputation as a choral conductor, scholar, pedagogue, and media personality. He is passionate about cultivating artistically excellent ensembles that explore socially relevant issues through emotionally immersive programs, challenging both artists and audiences to feel and think. Dr. Trecek-King has recently been appointed as both an Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities at The Hartt School, University of Hartford and a Resident Conductor with the Handel and Haydn Society.

Ensembles under his direction were integral to projects that have won a Pulitzer Prize (Madam White Snake, Zhou Long), received a Grammy (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Boston Modern Orchestra Project), and earned the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from Presidential Committee on the Arts (Boston Children’s Chorus). Dr. Trecek-King has worked with a variety of artists and ensembles including Leslie Odom Jr., Melinda Doolittle, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Seraphic Fire, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Gil Rose, Simon Halsey, Yo Yo Ma, and Roomful of Teeth. He has led performances in world-renowned venues including Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Sydney Opera House. In addition to his conducting work, he is currently the host of the classical radio show “The Silent Canon” which airs on KNVO 90.7. He can also be seen on-air and online on the Emmy nominated WGBH television series Sing That Thing, and two TEDx Boston talks. He holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the Florida State University, and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the Boston University. He currently lives in the Boston area with his partner Melanie (of Thinking is Power) and their cat.