Over the past year, we’ve had the opportunity to work with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir to record their public performances. It’s so much fun to see how each of the choirs develop through the school year, and to listen to the new skills that they have learned during the Community Festival at the conclusion of the season.
“Doing music just makes me feel…happy!” declares Zach, a fellow member of the NDCC Chamber Choir.
“We do a lot of singing, but it’s not all singing. We do work with dynamics, and different types of keys, and learning to read the music,” says Elena, a member of the NDCC Chamber Choir.
Notre Dame Children’s Choir Community Festival: Faith Around the World
The NDCC is now 5 years old with over 300 children participating in after-school programs where they hear, sing, and play sacred music. The programs are free of charge for families in the Michiana region. Each year, the Community Festival brings together the NDCC and young singers from throughout the area for a weekend of learning and singing together. This year’s Festival was entitled Faith Around the World, and featured sacred music in several languages.
Sacred Music Academy at The University of Notre Dame
The Notre Dame Children’s Choir (NDCC) is a part of the Sacred Music Academy, the community engagement program of Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND). The NDCC is such a cool partnership because it provides a unique experience for the young students in the Children’s Choirs to learn about music as they are mentored by adult students in the SMND program.
“Working with the Children’s Choir is really important for the students here because music only matters at the community level…[when music is used] as a way to build bonds between people,” says Victoria, an SMND student and director of the NDCC Descant Choir.
“Our hope is by starting young, with kids as young as 5 and 6, that in 10 or 20 years they will become the future choristers in our communities and in our churches,” says Mark Doerries, Artistic Director the Notre Dame Children’s Choir.
“They’ve helped me sing. I never knew that I had this voice in me, and they helped me get it out,” shares Salomon, a member of the NDCC Seraphim Choir.