The Peabody Children’s Chorus, founded in 1990, brings children together to rehearse and perform art and folk music of multiple cultures, languages, historical periods, and styles. In nine ensembles rehearsing at two campuses, nearly 500 young people gain invaluable experience making music in ensemble settings and studying ear training and music reading.
The Peabody Children’s Chorus has performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Lyric Opera Baltimore, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Peabody Opera Theater, and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. The Chorus has toured in England, France, Italy, Austria and Germany, performing in places such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, London; Wells Cathedral, Wells; St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome; St. Mark’s Cathedral, Venice; the American Cemetery, Normandy; Notre Dame Cathedral and La Madeleine, Paris; St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna. The Chorus has joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestra Marin Alsop, for performances of Bernstein’s Mass, Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, Britten’s War Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Adams’ On The Transmigration of Souls, at venues such as the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore; The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; and Carnegie Hall, New York City. The Grammy-nominated Naxos American Classics recording of Bernstein’s Mass was released in 2009.
Kayleigh Decker sang with the Peabody Children's Chorus from 2004 to 2008. This summer she begins singing in the The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Decker says "I view my time singing in PCC as truly fundamental to my singing to this day. Singing in PCC taught me numerous skills that I wouldn’t have acquired elsewhere at that stage in my life."
Chorus Auditions for ages 6-18 (held in May-June for entry in fall)
Chorus Prep Classes for ages 5-9 (no audition necessary; fall or spring entry possible)
Chorus Plus Voice Lessons for current chorus students
Towson, Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Howard County, Monday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Howard County, Thursday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Towson, Tuesday, 5:45-7:15 p.m.
Howard County, Monday, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Howard County, Thursday, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Towson, Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Howard County, Monday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Howard County, Thursday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Towson, Tuesday, 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Howard County, Monday, 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Towson, Tuesday, 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Howard County, Monday, 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Augusta Caso sang with the Peabody Children's Chorus from 1997 to 2005. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera this year. Caso says "I think about Peabody often, and count it among my most formative music experiences - if not the most - of my education and youth."
Accompanist, Howard County
Associate Director and Accompanist
Chorus Prep Class Faculty, Howard County