ACC Family Karaoke Potluck!

picture1The ACC is hosting a fun get-together for all choristers and their families on Sunday, September 25, at 4:00 p.m.

This event is only open to ACC families.

Click here to RSVP, then whip up a tasty dish to share and get ready to wow everyone with your best karaoke skills!

Hope to see you there!!

 

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The First Week of Rehearsal

Greetings ACC Parents!  We’re excited to start the first week of 2016-2017 Season. The first day of rehearsal can be nerve-wracking, especially for beginning choristers. But it doesn’t have to be. Just as with any new experience, preparation is the key to success. Here’s a guide on how to get yourself ready for the first day:

  1. Look at the Rehearsal Schedule and Location – Be sure to know where and when is your child(ren)’s rehearsal. Rehearsal schedules for all tiers can be found here.
  2. Be Early – Be early for every rehearsal and be ready to work at the rehearsal start time. There’s a saying – Five minutes early is on time. On time is late. Your child will be more comfortable when they are not rushed into the classroom.
  3. Remove all distractions – If you are staying for the rehearsal, please turn off your phone, iPad, or other communication devices you happen to have.
  4. Enjoy the evening – Nothing is more enjoyable than seeing you child(ren) grow and develop every day.

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ACC Announces Date for Fall Auditions

If your child loves to sing and you’d like to harness that love and hone their skills, why not join the Arlington Children’s Chorus?

Sign up for an audition today and check out our auditions page for more information!

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Celebrate Spring with the Arlington Children’s Chorus!

Mark your calendars for May 22 and join the ACC for an evening of songs celebrating the wonders of spring!

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The ACC will host its spring concert Sunday, May 22, at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Located at 5533 N. 16th Street in Arlington, this new venue has plenty of parking, so be sure to invite friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and anyone you know who is a fan of great music!

Once again, the chorus will be hosting a bake sale and raffle to help raise funds to support our nonprofit and, of course, donations are always welcome – and tax deductible!

Come ready to purchase treats from local purveyors of fine baked goods, such as Acme Pie Co., Atwater’s, and Bonaparte Breads … and that only takes us through letters A and B, so you can imagine what tasty treats will be representing the rest of the alphabet – not to mention the homemade goodies donated by our wonderful ACC families!

The kids are also conducting a food drive to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) as part of the ACC’s ongoing efforts to give back to our community.

Thanks to your generosity last year, the ACC contributed more than 200 pounds of food to AFAC from our two concerts in 2015. Our goal is to top that this year, so please consider bringing some non-perishable food items to contribute to this worthwhile endeavor to help those in need.

So, mark your calendars and come sing with us on May 22!

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ACC Celebrates Successful Run at the Kennedy Center in The Washington Ballet’s Spectacular Carmina Burana!

Carmina Burana, a Washington Ballet masterpiece, is a powerful and exciting post-modern interpretation of Carl Orff’s raucous retelling of 24 medieval poems. (Photo by media4artists, Theo Kossenas)  

The Arlington Children’s Chorus had the honor of performing alongside the Cathedral Choral Society in The Washington Ballet’s Carmina Burana  at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts April 13-17, 2016.

Under the tutelage of ACC Artistic Director Kevin Carr, the choristers performed beautifully, rising to the challenge of doing seven shows over the course of five days.

The ACC has been fortunate to have been selected to perform at the Kennedy Center many times over the past decade, usually in the pit with the sensational Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, but Carmina Burana was a rare treat for the children – they got to perform two songs onstage and in costume!

“The children were perfect,” said ACC Artistic Director Kevin Carr.  “At one point during a performance, the conductor motioned for the choristers to begin singing at the wrong time, but they realized the mistake immediately. Later backstage, the conductor expressed his joy and gratitude that our singers had done the right thing. He asked them how they knew that they shouldn’t start singing and they replied, ‘we trained and practiced, so we would do well,’ and they did just that,” Carr recounted with pride.

ACC choristers had the amazing opportunity to perform two songs onstage and in costume during the Washington Ballet's Carmina Burana!

ACC choristers had the amazing opportunity to perform two songs onstage and in costume  during the Washington Ballet’s Carmina Burana April 13-17, 2016. (Photo by media4artists, Theo Kossenas)

In her review of the performance, Washington Post Dance Critic Sarah L. Kaufman noted that “departures and beginnings” were on everyone’s mind with “The Washington Ballet’s Artistic Director Septime Webre stepping down in July and American Ballet Theatre’s Julie Kent replacing him.”

Indeed, the ACC choristers were fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Webre, who has led The Washington Ballet for some 17 years, tripling its budget, expanding its outreach program, and engaging the talents of top-notch choreographers.

In Carmina Burana, which hasn’t been performed by the company in more than a decade, The Washington Ballet’s talented dancers were accompanied by live musicians; vocal soloists Melissa Wimbish, Timothy Augustin, and Stephen Combs; the Cathedral Choral Society; and the ACC – all conducted by Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, founding conductor of the Washington Bach Consort and music director of the Cathedral Choral Society.

“Opportunities like this don’t come along everyday and we were definitely blessed to be in the right place at the right time,” said ACC Board of Directors President Colleen Holland. “Our choristers got a first-hand look at the behind-the-scenes life of professional dancers, singers, and musicians. They learned so much about what it takes to be on the stage, particularly all the hard work, time, and dedication it takes to pull together a production like this at a world-class venue such as the Kennedy Center,” Holland continued, adding, “Musically our kids were amazing!”

Behind the scenes at the Kennedy Center, Septime Weber, artistic director of The Washington Ballet, instructs the ACC choristers during a technical rehearsal.

Behind the scenes at the Kennedy Center, Septime Weber, artistic director of The Washington Ballet, instructs the ACC choristers during the technical rehearsal. (Photo courtesy of ACC)

In addition to the thrill of performing live onstage in such an incredible production, the ACC children learned about all the hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes during the technical rehearsal on Tuesday, April 12, and the dress rehearsal on April 13 prior to the show’s opening later that evening.

“The exposure we gained from this event will hopefully open even more doors for the ACC and our wonderful choristers,” Holland said.

Haley Armstrong, an 11-year-old Bel Canto who has been a member of the ACC since 2014, couldn’t agree more. “I learned so much and really loved working with all the other singers and dancers. It was such an exciting experience … I wish we could do performances like this every week!”

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