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Clarksville Children's Chorus

Does your child enjoy singing and making new friends? The new Clarksville Children’s Chorus is seeking young singers who will be in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade during the 2022-23 school year from public, private, or homeschool programs across the Clarksville, Ft. Campbell, and Hopkinsville area. The Clarksville Children’s Chorus will rehearse and perform engaging, diverse, and age-appropriate choral music with a special emphasis on artistry and music literacy. Admission will be contingent on successfully passing a 5-minute singing audition.

Auditions will take place Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 on the APSU campus. Rehearsals will begin with a two-day choir camp Tuesday, August 9 and Wednesday, August 10, from 9:00 AM to 12 noon, followed by regular weekly rehearsals on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:45 PM from August 15 to November 7, all on the APSU campus. Each semester will conclude with a public concert in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at APSU. The Fall concert is scheduled for Monday, November 14. 

Tuition is $150 per school year (Fall and Spring semesters). Scholarships are available to families who request one based on their financial situation. A $50 tuition discount will apply to the tuition for a second child from the same household who is accepted into the choir. Tuition payment is due after a successful audition and invitation to join the CCC. 

Audition Request Form

Required Audition Materials (downloadable)

Please note: The audition packet includes three pre-recorded audio tracks for practicing at home. To access the tracks, download the PDF and click the YouTube links provided, scan the QR code with your device's camera, or copy and paste each YouTube URL. 

For any questions or additional information, contact Dr. Michael Chandler at chandlermd@apsu.edu.
Tuition includes high-quality instruction from professional music educators in large group and section settings, a professional piano accompanist for all rehearsals and performances, t-shirt, pencil, folder, and sheet music. 

Attendance is expected at the camp, all rehearsals, and both concerts. One excused absence is allowed per semester, excluding emergency situations.

The Clarksville Children's Chorus is housed under the APSU Community School of the Arts. Please review the following important policies: 


CSA Child Safety Policy
Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their minor children (under age 18) in person at the classroom door.  CSA instructors cannot allow minors to exit the building alone or to leave with a non-parent/guardian, unless the instructor has been notified in writing prior to the class.


Photo Release
The CSA staff may occasionally take photographs or videos of class activities for promotional materials.  Students or parents/guardians will be asked during online registration for consent.  If the student/guardian does not choose to give permission, the student’s image will not be used.


Code of Conduct
Significant and consistent discipline problems may cause a CSA student to be sent home. If you are asked to leave or pick up your student for disciplinary reasons, the CSA instructor will determine if and when you or your student can return to class.  No refunds will be given for CSA students who are sent home for disciplinary reasons.


Accommodations
When registering for a class, please inform the CSA of any accommodations the student may need. We are not allowed to distribute medication to students. 


Inclement Weather
The CSA follows APSU's inclement weather closure status, which is announced by phone recording on the main campus line (931) 221-7011, posting at www.apsu.edu, through APSU Alert text messaging system, email, social media and area radio and television stations.

CCC Personnel

Michael Chandler

Dr. Michael Chandler, Artistic Director

Dr. Michael Chandler is an Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at APSU. Dr. Chandler taught elementary general music to children in Texas public schools for 16 years, where he was twice named Teacher of the Year. Dr. Chandler has presented conference sessions and workshops in 38 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Australia, including for numerous state MEA organizations. He an AOSA-approved Orff Schulwerk teacher educator in all three levels of Orff Schulwerk basic and recorder. 

Credentials:
PhD in Music Education, Univ. of North Texas
MA in Music Education, Univ. of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
MM in Piano Performance, Univ. of Arkansas (Fayetteville)
BM in Music Education, Union University (Tennessee)

Jan Corrothers

Jan Corrothers, Collaborative Pianist

Jan Corrothers is a collaborative pianist and organist based in the Greater Nashville area where she serves as Staff Accompanist for the Music Department of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.  Jan performs as an accompanist for choral conventions, workshops, festivals, recitals, and reading sessions across the United States and abroad.  Jan has held faculty positions at the college level and accompanied both the Cincinnati Youth Choir and the 2020 ACDA Eastern Division Elementary Honor Choir, among many other ensembles and soloists. Her work as a performer and conference research presenter has taken her all over the world, including Carnegie Hall and Beijing, China.

Credentials: 
Master of Music, Shenandoah University
Bachelor of Arts, Alderson Broaddus University

Morgan Tingle Sharp

Morgan Tingle Sharp, Section Leader

Morgan Tingle Sharp has been serving as an Elementary Music teacher at CMCSS since 2017, and is currently the Elementary Music teacher at Pisgah Elementary. Morgan has conducted children’s choirs, church choirs, elementary and secondary public-school choirs, and collegiate choirs. She is an avid performer, and has recently sung with the Gateway Chamber Singers, Vox Grata Women’s choir, and Madison Street UMC Choir. An operatic soprano, Morgan has performed in productions with Asheville Lyric Opera and the ETSU Opera workshop.

Credentials:
BM in K-12 Music Education, East Tennessee State University

 

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