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Centennial Children’s Chorus (CCC) builds upon the vocal training offered in the schools and is dedicated to performing quality music literature in a variety of musical experiences that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Repertoire is selected to fit the skill level of each choir with focus on quality choral works for children’s choirs.

Former CCC members have gone on to teach music, perform in professional music organizations, as well as perform in musical theater throughout the world.

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Centennial Children's Chorus
PO Box 234
Fort Collins, Colorado
80522-0234
970-460-6589

 

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Sheri McKelfresh is the artistic director of Centennial Children’s Chorus and the director of Cantare and Sala Voce. In her career as a music educator, she has taught every level from kindergarten through college and private voice lessons.  She currently directs the Chancel Choir at our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and performs with the Larimer Chorale. She retired from the Poudre School District in 2006, after 31 years as a public school music specialist. Sheri holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado, Level III Certificate in Orff-Schulwerk from Colorado State University, Level III Certificate in Creative Artistry from Butler University, Kodaly Level I certification from Hartford University, and a First Steps in Music Certification with John Feierabend.  Both of her children, Kelsey and David, are alumni of CCC.

 

Michael Apodaca started as director of Jubilate in 2011.  Since 1995, Michael has been teaching elementary and middle school choral music in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and Greeley.  During that time, Michael obtained his certification in Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, and Musikgarten methods.  He has taught classes specializing in music for young children at Pasadena City College, Los Angeles City College, and California State University in Los Angeles.  Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from University of California in Santa Barbara, a Masters Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and has recently graduated with an Ed.S. Degree in Educational Leadership from University of Northern Colorado.  Michael is currently teaching elementary music for Weld County School District Six.

 

Wendi Burback is the director of Bel Canto. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Colorado State University.  Wendi has taught elementary music in Weld County and middle school choir in Poudre School District. She is also involved in music at Timberline Church where she directed the adult choir. Wendi currently teaches private voice lessons to students of all ages.  She loves calling Fort Collins home and enjoys exploring Colorado with her husband and their two beautiful sons.

 

Karen Nuttall is the assistant director of Cantare and Sala Voce. She is happy to be back in a new capacity after enjoying several years as the director of Bel Canto which performed at CMEA under her direction. She currently teaches elementary music in PSD as well as private piano in her home studio. She has taught and performed at the Wausau Conservatory of Music and Wausau Suzuki Association in Wisconsin. Karen holds a Bachelor of Music from Colorado State University, a Master’s in Education from Lesley University as well as Suzuki Piano certification under the instruction of Connie Starr, Orff certification from UNC, Creative Artistry certification from Butler University, and First Steps Kodaly training with John Feierabend. Both of her children, Nate and Natalie, were members of CCC over 20 years ago!

 


 

Accompanists

Gay Slade, accompanist for Sala Voce, is a longtime resident of Fort Collins, mom to 7 singing children and 21 singing grandchildren (last count!), Gay has been in and about the local music scene for years. She directed the Our Gang Singers beginning in 1983, the same year that CCC started, has taught music in private schools, directed the Choice City Singers for 12 years and church choirs for many more. Gay has a degree in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University and has been giving piano lessons to both young and old for seems like forever. Currently she is also an accompanist in the CSU Music Department. Just can’t get enough of the piano.

 

Hedy Reynolds joined CCC as an accompanist in 1997 and is currently the accompanist for Cantare.  She accompanies various local groups and students in their auditions, competitions and recitals. Hedy holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Montana, as well as a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Colorado State University.  She currently works at CSU in the College of Engineering Business Office. Hedy also serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Collins Symphony.

 

Keah Redder is the accompanist for Bel Canto.

 

Crystal Kerr is the accompanist for Jubilate.



Graduate Assistants

Each choir also has graduate assistants who share responsibilities for their choir. These assistants are graduates of CCC who assist the directors during rehearsals with both musical and clerical activities. The graduate assistants for this season are:

  • Bel Canto: Katie Brokish and Maia Jorgensen
  • Jubilate: Dani Scanlan and Tamara Faour
  • Cantare & Sala Voce: Anna Bonjour & John-Micah Braswell
  • Substitutes: Zoie Tollison, Jaden Adamsen, Andrew Wallace

 

2016-2017 Season Performances, Camps, and Concerts

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April 28 & 29, 2017; 7:00 PM

7:0 PM, Friday, April 28

Jubilate Performed

A Classic Disney Collection

 

7:00 PM, Saturday, April 29

Bel Canto Performed

Seussical's Horton Hears a Who

On both nights, Cantare & Sala Voce Performed A Medley from "The Music Man"

  

 

Summer Choral Festival

Camp & Concert

Open to all 3rd-7th graders

Camp: June 5-10, 2017

9:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M.

Concert: June 10, 11:00 AM

Free Concert - Public Welcome

June 10, 11:00 AM

Griffin Hall, CSU University 
Center for the Arts

Performing: Jubilate, Bel Canto,

Cantare, Sala Voce, & Festival Choir 

Please see the Summer Festival

page for more details.

 

Sing with CCC!

Auditions for the 2017-2018 Season are now being scheduled for those who are not current CCC choristers. Summer Choral Festival campers will be able to audition during Festival week. All others, please call 970-460-6589 to schedule your audition time. More details can be found on the Auditions page. 

 

 

 

Register Here for the Camp


About CCC & the

Summer Festival Camp 

Centennial Children’s Chorus is dedicated to offering quality music education through choral performance. Since 1983, CCC has provided musical experiences for young singers in northern Colorado. CCC focuses on vocal training and choral skills and offers students the opportunity to perform a wide variety of quality choral music.

 

The camp will be Monday–Saturday, 9:00 A.M. – noon, June 5-10, 2017.   It is geared toward students who love to sing and will be entering 3rd through 7th grade in the fall of 2017.

 

The Schedule

Monday, June 5 thru Friday, June 9, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 noon Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2000 S. Lemay

Saturday, June 10, 9:00 A.M – 12:00 noon CSU’s University Center for the Arts

Festival Concert, Saturday, June 10, 11:00 A.M. Griffin Hall, CSU University for the Arts

 

Festival Requirements

Singers need to be able to match pitch, sing in soprano or alto range with an unchanged voice and have a good attitude.

Transportation to and from the festival is the responsibility of parents or guardians.

 

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition is $100 and is due with your registration.

Online registration now open.
* Please note there is a $3.00 convenience fee when registering online.

Festival tuition includes a non-refundable registration fee of $25.

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Tuition includes a Choral Festival T-shirt.

 

Auditions for 2017-2018

Participants who are interested in auditioning to be a member of a CCC choir will have the opportunity to audition during the Festival week. Auditions for singers who are unable to attend the Summer Festival but are interested in joining Centennial Children’s Chorus will begin in May. Please call 970-460-6589 to set up an audition appointment.

 

Please see the Auditions page for more information about singing with CCC.


 

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Who is eligible to audition?
Auditions for new members are open to anyone entering grades 3-7.

 

How do I schedule an audition?
Auditions for the 2017-2018 season will begin in May. Call (970)460-6589 to set up an audition time.  (Click photo tab above for more information.)

 

What happens during the audition?
We ask you to arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled audition time. When it is time for your audition, you will meet someone from our staff. The singing portion of your audition will include:

  • “My Country ’tis of Thee”, Verse 1 Music with words is provided. Starting note - G
  • Exercises to check range
  • Echoing musical patterns 
  • Round – such as “Are You Sleeping” to check independent part singing

You may choose to have your parent in the room with you or to have him/her wait in another room while you are auditioning. Expect the singing portion of your audition to take 10 minutes.

 

How will I learn whether or not I was accepted?
You will receive a letter notifying you of the results of your audition.  Letters for auditions in the spring will come out in the end of June.

 

What are the fees?
Dues for singers new to CCC last year were $420, which included membership dues, music rental, and the uniform fee.  

 

How are singers who are accepted assigned to choirs?
Selected singers are placed in choirs based on their audition and experience. New auditions are eligible for Jubilate (entering grades 3-6); Bel Canto (entering grades 4-6);  and Cantare (entering grades 6-8).

 

When would I rehearse?
Rehearsals for all CCC choirs are held on Monday evenings. The 2017-2018 season will begin with a Fall Workshop, August 18 &19, with weekly rehearsals beginning on August 28.

 

Primo Coro, CCC's choir preparatory program for grade K - 2, does not require auditions. 
Registration for Primo Coro

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The CCC Choirs

Primo Coro: "First Choir"

Registration for Primo Coro

Primo Coro is the choir preparatory program for kindergarten, 1st grade, or 2nd grade. In this non-auditioned class, children are introduced to choral music in the rehearsal setting and take part in a choir filled with singing, learning, and fun. Primo Coro is an outstanding way for young children to explore their budding interest in music and singing and the potential for other opportunities in CCC. Director: Sheri McKelfresh

 

Jubilate: “Joyful Voices”
Jubilate is a performance choir for singers in grades 3-6, with major emphasis on vocal training and perform in the traditional concert schedule.
Director: Michael Apodaca

 

Bel Canto: “Beautiful Singing”
Bel Canto is for advanced young singers in grades 4-6. Besides extensive vocal training, they focus on two and three part choral literature and perform in the traditional concert schedule.
Director: Wendi Burback

 

Cantare: “To Sing”
Cantare is the intermediate choir for Grades 6-8. They concentrate on further development of their vocal skills and are part of the traditional concert schedule.
Directors: Claire Saccardi / Sheri McKelfresh

 

Sala Voce: “Chamber Voices”
Sala Voce is the most advanced group of singers in CCC and is open only to singers, grades 7-8, who have been in CCC for at least one year. They perform the most difficult repertoire and have extra musical responsibilities and experiences.
Directors: Sheri McKelfresh / Claire Saccardi

 

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Directors & Staff

Sheri McKelfresh is the artistic director of Centennial Children’s Chorus and the director of Cantare, Sala Voce, and Primo Coro. In her career as a music educator, she has taught every level from kindergarten through college and private voice lessons.  She currently directs the Chancel Choir at our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and performs with the Larimer Chorale. She retired from the Poudre School District in 2006, after 31 years as a public school music specialist. Sheri holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado, Level III Certificate in Orff-Schulwerk from Colorado State University, Level III Certificate in Creative Artistry from Butler University, Kodaly Level I certification from Hartford University, and a First Steps in Music Certification with John Feierabend.  Both of her children, Kelsey and David, are alumni of CCC.

 

Michael Apodaca started as director of Jubilate in 2011.  Since 1995, Michael has been teaching elementary and middle school choral music in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and Greeley.  During that time, Michael obtained his certification in Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, and Musikgarten meth