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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

Click here for a CCC sampler. 

 

Sala Voce Sings!

February 19, 2017;  4:00 PM.

Ticketed Event - Public Welcome
Organ Recital Hall
University Center for the Arts, CSU
Performing: Sala Voce

 

John Rutter's Mass of the Children

February 24 & 25 2017;  7:30 PM.

With Larimer Chorale

Tickets available at Fort Collins Lincoln Center
First United Methodist Church
Performing: Sala Voce as Guest of the Larimer Chorale

 

Bel Canto and Cantare in Concert

February 25, 2017; 7:00 PM

Ticketed Event - Pubic Welcome

First Presbyterian Church
Performing: Bel Canto and Cantare

 

Jubilate and Friends

February 26, 2017

Free Concert - Public Welcome
Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Collins
Performing: Jubilate

 

Kids on Broadway

April 28 & 29, 2017; 7:00 PM

Ticketed Event - Public Welcome

Performing:
Jubilate - April 28, Bel Canto - April 29
Cantare & Sala Voce - April 28 & 29

 

Summer Choral Festival

Public Welcome

Camp: June 5-10, 2017

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

Concert: June 10, 11:00 AM

Griffin Hall, CSU University 
Center for the Arts

Performing: Jubilate, Bel Canto, Cantare, Sala Voce, & Festival Choir 

 

 

The CCC Choirs

Primo Coro: "First Choir"

Join us for the second session, January 23 - April 10, 2017

Primo Coro is the choir preparatory program for those who entered kindergarten, 1st grade, or 2nd grade in Fall, 2016. 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. Click the photo icon above to see the informational flyer for this program.

Click here to register for Primo Coro

 

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 6-8, 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

 

Click the "i" button above to learn more about our Directors and Staff

Directors & Staff

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.

 

Kay Williams is the assistant director of Cantare and Sala Voce. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Colorado State University in 1990 and her Master’s in Education from Lesley University in 2008. Presently, Kay is the music teacher at Werner Elementary School and also serves as music director for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins. She has been a teacher in Poudre School District since 1990, taking one year’s leave of absence in 2010-’11 to live and teach in the United Arab Emirates. Kay has taught private voice and violin lessons to students of all ages and in 2003 founded the Laurel Violin Program at Laurel Elementary School. Kay’s daughter was a 5-year member of CCC.

 


 

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.

 

Alice Crawford 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 Zoie Tollison
  • Cantare & Sala Voce: Nathaniel Braswell & Katherine VanShaar
  • Substitutes:  Jaden Adamson, Anna Bonjour

 

Click here to fill out an audition form.


Sing with CCC!

Here's what you

need to know.

 

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. Please call 460-6589 after May 1 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 to be sure paper work was entered correctly and relax. 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 (Words provided.)
  • Exercises to check range
  • Listening to musical patterns and repeating them
  • 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 in Mid-August, with weekly rehearsals beginning lat in August.

 

Primo Coro, CCC's choir preparatory program for grade K - 2, does not require auditions. 
Click here to register for Primo Coro.

Click the photo tab above for more information.

 

History

In the fall of 1983, Peggy Rosenkranz organized the Centennial Children’s Chorus with the help of several interested parents who shared her hope and dream that Fort Collins could support a citywide children’s choir. After starting with one choir of 57 voices, over the past three decades, over two-thousand young lives have been enriched by their involvement in CCC. Currently, 165 singers make-up the four choirs, with members from communities across northern Colorado.

 

CCC has hosted Children’s Choir Festivals with nationally known directors: Scot Franklin, Henry Leck, Francisco Nunez, Jim Papoulis, and Joshua Pedde. Joining with CCC were choirs from Greeley, Cheyenne, Colorado Springs, Littleton, and Longmont.  The choirs have performed with many local and regional musical organizations including the Larimer Chorale, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Loveland Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Collins Chamber Chorale, Opera Fort Collins, the CSU Symphony Orchestra and Choir, and the University of Wyoming Orchestra and Choir.

Honors

 

2014
Performances in Eugene, Oregon as part of the Pacific International Children’s Choir Festival in conjunction with the Oregon Bach Festival.

 

2013
Hosted Greeley Children’s Chorale for choral festival with guest conductor, Joshua Pedde.

Performance in Canterbury and London as part of the International Children’s Choral Festival.

 

2012
CCC members Jaden Adamson, Maia Jorgensen, Rachel Nelson, Margaret Thompson, and Zoie Tollison selected to sing in the SWACDA Honor Choir in Dallas, Texas.

First performance by Bel Canto at the Colorado Music Educators Association at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

Performance in Denver as part of the Sing A Mile Hile Children’s Choral Festival. 

 

2011
CCC members Jaden Adamson, Maia Jorgensen, and Margaret Thompson selected to sing in the ACDA National Honor Choir in Chicago, Illinois.

Performances in Eugene, Oregon as part of the Pacific International Children’s Choir Festival in conjunction with the Oregon Bach Festival.

 

1987 – 2012
Eight performances at the Colorado Music Educators Association at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs; most recently in January, 2012.

 

2010
CCC members Jaden Adamsen, Whitney Hammond, Maia Jorgensen, Anne Lonowski, Katie McCollum, Trevor Sharp, and Rose VanDyne selected for the ACDA Honor Choirs in Denver, Colorado in February, 2010.

 

2008
Performances in New Orleans as part of the Crescent City Choral Festival. 

 

2007
CCC members Danny Herr and Julia Way selected for the ACDA National Honor Choir in Miami, Florida in March, 2007. 

 

2006
Participated in the 10th Anniversary of the International Children’s Choir Festival in Canterbury and London, England which included a performance by Centennial Children’s Chorus in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. 

 

2005
CCC members Royston Hunget, Kirsten Brauch, and Amelia Eads selected for the ACDA National Honor Choir in Los Angeles. 

 

2004
CCC members Sarah Hunt, Julia Colbert, Jason Pacini, and Mike Haddorff selected for ACDA Honor Choirs in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

 

2003
Performances in Hawaii (Island of Oahu) as part of the Pacific Rim Children’s Choir Festival. 

 

2002
CCC members Sarah Hunt and Mike Haddorff selected for ACDA Honor Choirs in Houston, Texas. 

 

2000
Performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City as the featured choir in the National Children’s Choir Festival. 

 

1999
CCC members Skyler Gamble and Brendon Votipka selected to participate in the ACDA National Boy’s Honor Choir in Chicago.

 

1998
CCC nominated for Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. 

 

1996
Participated in International Children’s Choir Festival in London and Canterbury, England. CCC had their own performances in the Canterbury Cathedral and St.Martin-in-the-Fields in London. 

 

1993
Performances at Disneyland. 

 

1992
CC chosen to be the sole children’s choir to perform at the regional American Choral Directors Association in Kansas City. 

 

1989
Participated in AMERICA SINGS, a national music festival in Washington, D.C. One of our CCC members, Annetta Haynes, was chosen to sing “Star Spangled Banner” before an audience of 15,000 at the final concert.

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