Come Sing With Us
The Indianapolis Children’s Choir offers programs for children and youth starting from 18 months old through 12th grade.
Every week, young people from all over central Indiana join together as members of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir to pursue their shared love of singing and music. There are many reasons why singers join the ICC, but many join for the fun, friendships, and experiences the ICC offers.
Many of our choir programs for children entering the 4th grade through high school require an audition for placement purposes. Auditions are currently by appointment by contacting the ICC office.
There is a lot of excitement in the opportunities that students have to sing beautifully with hundreds of other like-minded singers on world-class concert stages and in important civic events.
But, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir is much more than just singing. Choral music is a vehicle that teaches and encourages our youth to make new friends, to appreciate and understand people who are different than them, to be responsible and professional, to participate as a member of a team, and to share their personal talents in ways that will make a difference in the world.
The staff, singers, and families of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir share a commitment to the highest quality of music-making and true artistic excellence. We have real fun in musical experiences that also reinforce our mission-driven goals of fostering a sense of self-esteem, discipline, respect, accomplishment, and pride.
Click below to find out more about the ICC’s many choirs and programs, call us at 317-940-9640, or click here to fill out an interest form and we will contact you!
Why Sing With The ICC - A Message from Artistic Director Joshua Pedde
“Henry Leck has created something for which there is no competition for” – Dr. Scott Dorsey, American Choral Directors Association.
“And you always had to “grab the heart,” as Mr. Leck would say. ICC grabbed mine!” IYC singer
“It is a place that I know I won’t be judged. That is what ICC means to me.” ICC singer
“ICC is a musical haven.” ICC singer
“ICC was so much more than just a choir...it provided life lessons I carry with me everywhere I go.” ICC alum
“We had one little girl that didn’t sing during music class in the beginning and now she sings every time, even on solos.” – Wayne Twp. Preschool teacher
Early Childhood Program
18 Months – Preschool
The ICC offers Early Childhood music classes to children ages 18 months to 5 years old. These classes take place in preschools throughout the Indianapolis area, as well as in classes open to all children from central Indiana on the campus of Butler University and other regional locations.
Through the eight basic activities included in the class, based on the First Steps in Music curriculum, children and their grown-ups/teachers experience singing, creative movement, simple instruments, and more with the help of the rich collection of traditional songs and rhymes.
The Foundations Choir meets for 10-weeks per semester and concludes with a performance at one of the ICC’s Season Concerts. Kindergarteners will be introduced to formal choir instruction in a playful and safe environment. The choir will begin laying the foundation for music concepts that the singers will encounter as they move up to the Preparatory Choir in 1st – 3rd grade.
This program integrates essential academic, social, and developmental concepts into the choir curriculum to help our Kindergarten singers reach important milestones. The curriculum will fold symbols, patterns, math, and more into the choir curriculum in order to strengthen important Kindergarten skills during this influential year in a child’s life!
Grades 1 – 3
The ICC’s Preparatory Program is a non-auditioned experience for first through third-grade students; children are introduced to choral music in the rehearsal setting and take part in a choir where singing, learning, and fun take place. It is an outstanding way to explore their interest in music and singing and the potential for other opportunities in the ICC.
Grades 4 – 9
The ICC’s Beginning Level through Advanced Choirs are for fourth through ninth graders and students are placed in a choir based on auditions.
The Indy Voice and Kantorei choirs include those students who have demonstrated a high degree of vocal and sight-singing ability.
Lyric and Chamber choirs include students who exhibit a strong desire to sing and have demonstrated intermediate proficiency in vocal technique and sight-reading abilities.
The Beginning Level Choirs meet once per week at various locations around Indianapolis and include:
- Octavo (at Butler University)
- Boone County Children’s Choir (at Zionsville Presbyterian Church)
- Carmel Children’s Choir (at Cornerstone Lutheran Church – Carmel)
- Fishers Children’s Choir (at Cornerstone Lutheran Church – Fishers)
- Hendricks County Children’s Choir (at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Indianapolis)
- Johnson County Children’s Choir (at New Hope Church in Greenwood)
These beginning-level singers are in grades four through seven and have demonstrated the ability to sing in tune and a readiness to develop sight-reading and harmonic skills.
Grades 10 – 12
The Indianapolis Children’s Choir’s High School Division is for singers in grades 10 through 12 and consists of the ICC Master Chorale – a large performing group of all our high school-age singers. Throughout the year, the Master Chorale will perform as a full ensemble and in smaller groups (all-men’s choir, all-women’s choir, etc.). This allows for a multi-faceted experience for our high school singers. (Male singers below grade 10 with changed voices will occasionally be accepted in the Master Chorale.)
Each spring, the Master Chorale will also perform one major choral work, accompanied by a professional orchestra. This is an experience typically only afforded to college-level or higher choral groups.
This ensemble enriches vocal technique, fosters outstanding performance etiquette, further improves music literacy skills, performs a wide variety of outstanding repertoire, and nurtures lasting friendships. The ensemble also tours every year. Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons in an attempt to avoid the many time conflicts the high school students experience. Students are expected to practice the music outside of their organized rehearsal time.
Columbus Indiana Children's Choir
Preschool – Grade 8
The Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir is a cooperative effort between the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.
Ruth Dwyer, CICC Artistic Director; Melissa Garcia, CICC Assistant Artistic Director; and Deborah Eikenbary, Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir Coordinator.
The CICC now also includes the Franklin Children’s Choir, a program for kids in and around Franklin, Indiana.
Anderson Area Children's Choir
Kindergarten – Grade 12
The Anderson Area Children’s Choir & Youth Chorale is dedicated to the art of excellent choral singing, providing youth with social, educational, and skill development opportunities such that they experience the personal worth of others.
We have programs for kids in kindergarten through grade 12. Come be a part of a wonderful music-making experience!
The Jubilate Choir is for singers with special needs in grades 3 – 9.
Peer Friends from one of the advanced ICC choirs attend rehearsal along with the Jubilate singers each week to provide a fulfilling musical experience and a chance for singers with varying abilities to grow musically. The choir meets once per week for 45 minutes and participate in performances as deemed appropriate for the current members of the choir. Parents/Guardians remain in the rehearsal room during their singer’s participation in Jubilate.
The curriculum focuses on proper singing techniques, music theory and sight-reading, part-singing, and social skills involved in being a member of a musical ensemble. Though the choir has, at its core, the same goals as other choirs in the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, the Jubilate choir engages in additional activities during rehearsal that aid in reaching those goals. Music that is taught in other choirs might be taught in a different way using additional visual and tactile experiences that are catered specifically to the current members of the choir.
Some singers may move on from Jubilate into other ICC activities, the ICC Choral Festival, or a beginning level choir. Others will continue to grow through participation in Jubilate and through friendship with others who love music!
Preschool – Adults
The ICC offers a number of summer programs for students and educators including a summer music camp and a teacher symposium.
Youth living outside the state of Indiana who love to sing in Kindergarten through 12th grade! Also including classes for Early Childhood (toddler/preschool) and Jubilate Choir (for children with special needs in grades 3 – 9).
The Indianapolis Children’s Choir has gone virtual – and now singers from Kindergarten through 12th Grade can be members of the ICC from anywhere in the world on a weekly basis! Our ICC Connects singers will participate in live virtual rehearsals along with the local singers in our Foundations, Preparatory, Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and High School division choirs. ICC Connects singers are welcome to come to town to participate in person for performances or they can be webcast into performances on our stage from their own homes around the world! Now everyone can receive a renowned musical education from ICC directors. Join us on our journey to artistic excellence and become a part of the ICC family!