Children's Choral Festival

2019 CHILDREN'S CHORAL FESTIVAL IS SCHEDULED FOR: SATURDAY MAY 4, 2019

Stay tuned for details! Contact ncakekodaly@gmail.com to receive updates.

Since 1996, the Kodály Center at Holy Names University and NCAKE have partnered together to provide opportunities for local choirs to receive coaching and perform for each other in a non-competitive and engaging festival that brings together all members from the music education and performing communities.  

In addition to non-competitive performing and coaching opportunities, festival participants leave with a greater sense of what Kodály based choral music education provides: a holistic and musical approach to creating music, with activities (including songs and games) that address technical and artistic components of music making.  All of this goes in to a day-long festival with culminating performances for families and friends to enjoy. 

Past festivals have featured local and international conductors who specialize in choral music for young voices.  These conductors are listed below:

1996: Judit Hartyányi

1997: Vance George

1998: Betty Bertaux

1999: Judit Hartyányi

2000: Sarolta Platthy

2001: Lenke Igó

2002: Ildikó Thész Salgado

2003: David Xiques

2005: Ildikó Thész Salgado

2006: László Matos

2007: Judit Hartyányi

2008: Ildikó Thész Salgado

2009: David Xiques

2010: Ragnar Bohlin

2011: Gemma Arguelles and Susan Tevis

2012: Margaret Clark

2013: Susan McMane

2014: Buddy James

2015: Andrew Brown

2016: Gemma Arguelles

2017: Judith Chan

2018: Joyce Keil and Kent Jue

Click here to learn about the 2018 Children’s Choral Festival, and enjoy some photos from past festivals below.

   Andrew Brown    leading participants in warm-up activities for the morning session of the 2015 Children’s Choral Festival at Holy Names University

Andrew Brown leading participants in warm-up activities for the morning session of the 2015 Children’s Choral Festival at Holy Names University

   Judith Chan    sharing vocal technique with young choristers of the morning session of the 2017 Children’s Choral Festival at Holy Names University.

Judith Chan sharing vocal technique with young choristers of the morning session of the 2017 Children’s Choral Festival at Holy Names University.

   Judith Chan    rehearsing choristers for the afternoon session of the 2017 Children’s Choral Festival at Holy Names University.

Judith Chan rehearsing choristers for the afternoon session of the 2017 Children’s Choral Festival at Holy Names University.

  Choristers of the 2016 Children’s Choral Festival collaborating in games with members from two choirs led by HNU Graduate Students .

Choristers of the 2016 Children’s Choral Festival collaborating in games with members from two choirs led by HNU Graduate Students.

   Gemma Arguelles   , clinician for the 2016 Children’s Choral Festival, working with one of the afternoon choirs in a coaching session .

Gemma Arguelles, clinician for the 2016 Children’s Choral Festival, working with one of the afternoon choirs in a coaching session.

   Margaret Clark   , clinician for the 2012 Children’s Choral Festival, conducing a group performance at Holy Names High School .

Margaret Clark, clinician for the 2012 Children’s Choral Festival, conducing a group performance at Holy Names High School.

  Games and dances led by HNU Graduate Students in the 2013 Children’s Choral Festival at Holy Names University .

Games and dances led by HNU Graduate Students in the 2013 Children’s Choral Festival at Holy Names University.

   Dr. Susan McMane   , clinician for the 2013 Children’s Choral Festival, working with one of the afternoon choirs in a coaching session .

Dr. Susan McMane, clinician for the 2013 Children’s Choral Festival, working with one of the afternoon choirs in a coaching session.

   Buddy James   , from CSUEB and clinician for the 2014 Children’s Choral Festival, working with one of the afternoon choirs in a coaching session.

Buddy James, from CSUEB and clinician for the 2014 Children’s Choral Festival, working with one of the afternoon choirs in a coaching session.

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