The Berkshire Children’s Chorus is a not-for-profit community chorus comprised of children in grades 1-12 from western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut. Founded in 1990 by Nancy Loder, the chorus provides excellent choral music training to dedicated and passionate young singers under the direction of Julie Bickford, Artistic Director.
The repertoire of the chorus is not replicated in schools, making it possible to expand the children’s horizons to more classical and challenging musical experiences. In addition to exceptional choral music training, the BCC provides opportunities for children to form mentoring relationships and life-long friendships.
Students must audition and are selected regardless of their ability to pay tuition.
There are three choruses that make up Berkshire Children’s Chorus:
- Junior Choir for Grades 1-5
- Senior Choir for Grades 6-9
- Coda for Grades 10-12
• The Berkshire Children’s Chorus has performed twice at Carnegie Hall
• In June 2012, the Berkshire Children’s Chorus performed at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City
• The Chorus performed at inaugural festivities for President Bill Clinton and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
• In 2015, the Berkshire Children’s Chorus participated in the Berkshire Choral Festival’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, held at the Berkshire School in Sheffield.
• The Berkshire Children’s Chorus has traveled to Europe twice to perform in international choral festivals
• In our 2016/17 season we collaborated with the Connecticut-based children’s chorus, Chorus Angelicus, and with the choir Crescendo. With Crescendo we premieres a newly commissioned piece called Paintings in Song: Visions of Norman Rockwell.
• In July 2017 our chorus traveled to Canterbury, England to participate in an international children’s chorus festival under the direction of Henry Leck.