The state of Texas is well known for its choral music programs at the high school level in many districts, with major UIL competitions being at the forefront of Texas music educators’ calendars. However, not all districts can afford to provide opportunities outside of the classroom for professional development and artistic experiences. Houston Chamber Choir will play a major role in supporting area music educators and their students with the roll-out of the Youth Ambassador Program and facilitate beneficial opportunities for all parties. As one of the premier professional choirs in the United States, Houston Chamber Choir values the opportunity to connect with educators and students with the understanding that outreach can have lifelong impacts.
The Youth Ambassador initiative started as a pilot program in September of 2018, and has since evolved into a multifaceted program that benefits students and their music educators. We are proud to present multiple opportunities during the school year that will further our mission of increasing the awareness, appreciation, and esteem of choral music and musicians through performance, outreach, and education.
Private rehearsal viewings for educators and their students mixed with professional group instruction for the visiting students.
Four area choir directors have been selected to bring their chamber choir students to private Houston Chamber Choir rehearsals during the 2019-2020 school year, allowing professional development experiences for the directors as well as their students. At the conclusion of each rehearsal, Houston Chamber Choir artistic leadership and singers will coach the visiting students in a brief masterclass setting on a pre-selected piece the participating school is currently rehearsing for UIL competition. This initiative will be completely free for participating schools and give our local music educators valuable support.
Up to ten choir directors will be invited to bring their students to two different ticketed Houston Chamber Choir concerts during the season.
Approximately 150 students and chaperones will be served at each concert. Students will participate in a pre-concert lecture with composers, singers, and artistic leadership, enjoy the call-time private rehearsal prior to doors opening to the public, and be served dinner in a gathering space that will allow students and directors to meet peers from other local schools. Each evening will be fully subsidized by the Houston Chamber Choir and will provide networking and professional development opportunities critical to ensuring Houston Chamber Choir’s mission of promoting the appreciation and esteem of choral music.
Houston Chamber Choir offers ongoing opportunities for all area high school choral students to enroll in the Youth Ambassadors Subscription package.
The Youth Ambassador ticket package gives students access to ticketed concerts, dinner, and pre-concert lectures and rehearsal viewing for $10 per concert. Area music educators will have the opportunity to nominate deserving students for this program, at no cost to the selected students. Additionally, participating students can apply to volunteer with the Chamber Choir as student leaders and secure necessary National Honor Society volunteer hours.