Great American Songbook - Chicago Children's Choir

Learn the “pop music” of the early 20th century! This course will delve into jazz standards and show tunes of the 1920s-50s, exploring how composers such as Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin, along with vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra created timeless classics that artists continue to sing today. Students will have the opportunity to perform for their classmates using elements of style, tonality and improvisation that we will discuss and put into practice.

Session Logistics

Arts Enrichment Sessions are four or eight week courses offering high quality, specialized music education to any interested young person aged 8-18.

All sessions will take place virtually on Zoom between September 14 and February 6 between 4:00pm CST and 7:00pm CST. A personal device with internet access is required to participate. For educational and marketing purposes, all sessions will be recorded.

No classes will be held November 22-26 or December 14 – January 9. Many sessions have more than one class time available. There will be a place to indicate your schedule preference, and we will do our best to accommodate requests. Based on enrollment, CCC staff may need to place singers in the next available time-slot or session.

Levels are described as the following:

  • Beginning: Suggested for ages 8-11 or CCC’s Allegro and Vivace ensembles.
  • Intermediate: Suggested for ages 11-14 or CCC’s Vivace, Presto and DiMension ensembles.
  • Advanced: Suggested for ages 14-18 or CCC’s Presto, DiMension and Voice of Chicago ensembles.

Available Sessions

Great American Songbook

Session 1: September 16 - November 4

Wednesdays
Beginning/Intermediate: 4:00-5:00pm CST
Beginning/Intermediate: 5:00-6:00pm CST
Suggested Ages: 8-14 years old

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Great American Songbook

Session 2: November 11 - February 3

Wednesdays
Intermediate/Advanced: 4:00-5:00pm CST
Intermediate/Advanced: 5:00-6:00pm CST
Suggested Ages: 11-18 years old

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