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Clarksville Children's Chorus

CCC Concert

The Clarksville Children’s Chorus is comprised of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders from public, private, and homeschool programs across the Clarksville, Ft. Campbell, and Hopkinsville area. The Clarksville Children’s Chorus rehearses and performs engaging, diverse, and age-appropriate choral music with a special emphasis on artistry and music literacy. 


The Clarksville Children's Chorus holds audition each May for acceptance into the following school year's chorus. Each semester kicks off with a choir camp, August for Fall and January for Spring, followed by regular weekly rehearsals, meeting one day a week, all on the APSU campus. Each semester will conclude with a public concert in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at APSU. 
For any questions or additional information, contact Dr. Michael Chandler at chandlermd@apsu.edu.

Choir Camp:

Saturday, January 20 from 10:00AM - 12:00PM in Heydel Hall 

Weekly Rehearsals and Saturday Retreat: 

Monday, January 22 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall 
Monday, January 29 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall

Monday, February 5 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall
Monday, February 12 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall
Saturday, February 24 from  in Heydel Hall
Monday, February 26 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall

Monday, March 5: NO REHEARSAL 
Monday, March 11 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall
Monday, March 18 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall
Monday, March 25 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall

Monday, April 1: NO REHEARSAL
Monday, April 8 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall
Monday, April 15 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall
Monday, April 22 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall
Monday, April 29 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall

Spring Concert: 

Monday, May 6 from 6:30PM - 8:00PM in Mabry Concert Hall 
6:30PM - 7:15PM Rehearsal 
7:15PM - 7:30PM House Opens
7:30PM - 8:00PM Concert 

Rehearsals take place on Mondays from 6:30PM - 7:45PM in Heydel Hall inside of the Art+Design building. 

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

Tuition is $230 per school year (or $115 per semester). Tuition is paid semesterly. 

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. 

A limited number of scholarships are available. 

Auditions for the 2024-25 Clarksville Children's Chorus will take place May 10 and May 11, 2024 in Heydel Hall. 

Friday, May 10: 4:30PM - 7:00PM
Saturday, May 11: 10:00AM - 12:00PM 
Saturday, May 11: 1:00PM - 3:00PM 

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.
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.

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. 

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.

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.

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


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