The New Jersey State Children’s Chorus is made up of two ensembles, each consisting of a maximum of 40 singers. The Apprentice Choir is open to children in grades K-4 and the Intermediate Choir is open to children in grades 5-8. An ensemble for middle school students is planned for the future.

Apprentice Choir

Children entering Kindergarten through Fourth Grade

The Apprentice Choir provides singers with a solid foundation on which to build a lifelong love of choral music. Singers gain confidence and independence while learning the fundamentals of music theory, music literacy, and healthy vocal technique in an environment that encourages leadership and cooperation.

  • Steady Beat
  • Rhythmic Petterns
  • Aural Interval Recognition
  • Basic Staff Notation
  • Head Voice and Chest Voice
  • Vocal Placement
  • Breath Control
  • Choral Tone
  • Singing Posture
  • Concert Presentation
  • Performance Etiquette

Intermediate Choir

Children entering Fifth Grade through Eighth Grade

The Intermediate Choir builds on the skills gained in the Apprentice Choir. Singers gain a deeper understanding of pitch and rhythm as music literacy continues to develop. More advanced repertoire leads to opportunities for greater vocal independence as the choir explores partner songs, rounds, and canons as well as folk songs, multicultural music, and classical compositions. Singers explore poetry and history through the texts we sing as we build connections to the world around us through music.

  • Meters
  • Key Signature
  • Harmony
  • Dynamics & Articulation
  • Increased Independence
  • Expansion of Vocal Range
  • Expression
  • Deeper understanding of texts, history, context, and rhetoric


Rehearsals for both the Apprentice and Intermediate choirs will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ on Tuesday afternoons from September through June.  The Apprentice Choir rehearses from 4:30–5:30pm. The Intermediate Choir rehearses from 5:00–6:25pm.  Two NJSCC performances are planned for each season.  Other performing opportunities are planned.

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New Jersey State Children's Chorus
PO Box 525
Paramus, New Jersey 07653


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