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.

PCC Voices 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

 

     

Poco Voce is a music exploration class that allows children to develop basic musical literacy and vocal skills. Students will explore the fundamentals of steady beat, melody, and rhythm through imitation, exploration, creation, and improvisation. Poco Voce meets weekly for 45 minutes and will perform two family demonstrations per season.
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 a choir for students in 3rd to 5th grade that introduces and teaches the fundamental elements of vocal technique and music literacy. Choristers are encouraged to develop self-control, discipline, and stage presence as each relates to the music, rehearsals, and performances. Choristers will realize a sense of pride in their work through learning music of all genres, basic choral techniques, movement, and performance.

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 part of PCC’s children’s division for grades 5 through 8. Choristers sing and learn in a positive environment with others who share the same passion for music. Choristers learn routines and performance expectations that will help them be successful as they audition for Cadenza or Bravo. Choristers blend in harmony with each other, improve their ability to read music, and continue to be taught to sing with healthy vocal technique. Canto choristers enjoy the opportunity to take an in-state day tour to sing and work with professional conductors each year.

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 most advanced choir in the children’s division of PCC. This auditioned treble choir is comprised of 6th through 8th graders. Students learn and refine the fundamental elements of good vocal and choral technique, and have the opportunity to travel, performing in educational festivals and concert venues in the United States and abroad. Some of the places Cadenza has performed include Ireland, Germany, Russia, Canada, Mexico, China, Italy, Argentina, and Australia. From Bach to rock, Cadenza delights and excites audiences wherever they perform.

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 high school choir, made up of students in 9th through 12th grade, that prepares choristers for lifelong musical independence. Bravo choristers refine their knowledge of musical literacy, vocal technique and rehearsal process while pursuing a safe yet challenging choral environment. The singers are instructed with compassion and rigor that will allow them to be successful in their future choral auditions and ensembles. Bravo represents the Phoenix Children’s Chorus through local, state, and regional travel.

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 an international touring choir in the youth division of Phoenix Children’s Chorus. The auditioned ensemble is made up of choristers in 10th through 12th grade. The choristers in Encore receive extensive choral music training and education while also enjoying numerous performance opportunities. Encore has traveled to Australia, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, China, Russia, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the United States. The choir is known for its engaging performances in a variety of repertoire.

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 caroling and a cappella ensemble made up of 16 to 24 choristers from Bravo and Encore. Dolce performs where a smaller group is needed. Choristers in this ensemble sing additional performances and learn more music outside of rehearsal. Dolce provides choristers with the opportunity to learn small ensemble performance technique, participate in more professional performance opportunities, and exposes them to a variety of literature.