Phoenix Children’s Chorus, located downtown at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, is proud to be the Phoenix area’s premier mixed-voice choral performance and music literacy program, with students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Led by a dedicated staff of choral professionals who specialize in working with young voices, our program features six performing choirs and two music exploration classes, providing options for children and youth in grades K-12.

Phoenix Children’s Chorus – Downtown Highlights
• Open to grades K-12
• Weekly rehearsals/classes
• 3-day overnight camp in Prescott to start the season
• Winter and spring concert series
• Gala performance
• National Anthem performance at the Arizona Diamondbacks
• National and international touring opportunities

Rehearsal Schedule
Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings August to mid-May with a break in December for the holidays at
Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Poco Voce 1 5:15-6:00 (placement based on ability)
Poco Voce 2 6:15-7:00 (placement based on ability)
Presto 5:15-6:45
Canto 5:30-7:30 (includes 30 minutes of music literacy class)
Cadenza 5:30-8:00 (includes 30 minutes of music literacy class)
Bravo 6:00-8:45 (includes 30 minutes of music literacy class)
Encore 6:00-8:45  (includes 30 minutes of music literacy class)

 

     

Poco Voce is a music exploration class that allows children in grades K-3 to develop basic musical literacy and vocal skills. Students explore the fundamentals of music through age appropriate teaching methods. Students learn an appreciation for music while also being given the tools to succeed in choral music in the future.
Poco Voce 1 – Grade K-1
Poco Voce 2 – Grades 2-3

Poco Voce students will learn to:
• Sing using a pure, clear head voice
• Demonstrate an understanding of beat, rhythm and pitch through listening as well as performing
• Develop music reading skills
• Demonstrate knowledge of solfege syllables and hand signs
• Sing unison, rounds, and partner songs
• Demonstrate appropriate class behavior

 

     

Presto is the PCC’s youngest performing choir, composed of singers in grades 3-5. Under the direction of Janel Huyett, singers learn the basics of performing in the choral arts. While acquiring the building blocks of musicianship, Presto singers learn the value of practice and teamwork through the creative process. Singers experience a sense of pride as they are exposed to a variety of genres, singing techniques, and performance settings.

Presto choristers will learn to:
• Produce a clear and pleasant head tone
• Demonstrate correct singing posture
• Read simple rhythmic patterns
• Demonstrate knowledge of solfege syllables and hand signs
• Sing a major scale, in tune, in solfege syllables
• Sing unison, rounds, and partner songs
• Demonstrate appropriate concert etiquette

 

     

Canto is the PCC’s intermediate choir for middle schoolers, composed of singers in grades 5-8. Under the direction of Jenny Paz, singers learn a wide range of music literacy concepts and choral singing techniques. Additionally, singers deepen their abilities to read music, learn appropriate rehearsal and concert etiquette, and enjoy a supportive community of peers who are passionate about the arts.

Canto choristers will learn to:
• Consistently produce a clear and pleasant head voice
• Demonstrate correct singing posture and breathing techniques
• Read simple and complex rhythmic patterns
• Sing interval sequences with solfege syllables
• Sight sing simple pitch and rhythm sequences
• Sing two-part harmony
• Develop an understanding of dynamics and phrasing
• Demonstrate appropriate concert etiquette

 

     

Cadenza is the PCC’s advanced touring middle school choir, composed of singers in grades 6-8. Under the direction of Andrea Squires, singers hone their skills in music literacy and choral singing in a supportive and joyful atmosphere. Cadenza has toured both nationally and internationally, performing in Ireland, Germany, Russia, Canada, Mexico, China, Italy, Argentina, and Australia. Cadenza is known for singing diverse and challenging children’s choir repertoire and stellar performances.

Cadenza choristers will learn to:
• Produce an open, supported, and focused tone with minimal prompting
• Sing with stylistic accuracy
• Sing in two- and three-part harmony
• Demonstrate an understanding of dynamics and phrasing
• Develop an understanding of abstract musical concepts
• Demonstrate appropriate concert etiquette
• Perform and rehearse with professional and appropriate stage presence

 

     

Bravo is the PCC’s intermediate high school choir, composed of singers in grades 9-12. Under the direction of Justin Jenkins, Bravo emphasizes the PCC’s commitment to excellence in choral music. Singers receive an expansive education in music literacy and choral technique, giving them the skills to succeed in the choral arts and beyond.

Bravo choristers will learn to:
• Produce an open, supported, focused, and resonant tone
• Sing with stylistic authenticity
• Sing in three- and four-part harmony
• Apply stylistically correct dynamics and phrasing
• Demonstrate an understanding of abstract musical concepts
• Demonstrate appropriate concert etiquette
• Perform and rehearse with professional and appropriate stage presence

 

     

Encore is the PCC’s flagship touring choir, composed of members in grades 10-12. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Troy Meeker, Encore receives extensive training in music literacy and choral technique. As the PCC’s premiere concert choir, Encore enjoys touring both nationally and internationally, performing in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada, Ireland, Austria, China, Russia, Germany, Australia, and throughout the US. Encore is known for its diverse repertoire and engaging performances.

Encore choristers will learn to:
• Produce an open, supported focused, and resonant tone with minimal prompting
• Sing appropriate vowels to obtain desired blend, intonation, and tone quality
• Sing with stylistic authenticity
• Demonstrate the ability to sight read music accurately
• Sing in four to six-part harmony
• Interpret dynamics and phrasing through musical knowledge and text
• Communicate the meaning of texts through singing, body language, and phrase shaping
• Demonstrate appropriate concert etiquette consistently
• Perform and rehearse with professional and appropriate stage presence

 

Dolce is an auditioned ensemble made up of 16-24 choristers from Bravo and Encore, performing where a smaller ensemble is needed. Choristers in this ensemble sing additional performances and learn more music outside of rehearsal. Dolce provides singers with the opportunity to learn small ensemble performance techniques, participate in more professional performances, and widen the scope of their repertoire. Dolce performs as a caroling ensemble for events throughout the valley during the holidays and has performed for events like the PGA Phoenix Open and BCS National Championship.