about us

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The New York City Children’s Chorus is a graded choral program for children in the metropolitan NYC area who wish to receive training in the art of singing in a rigorous and rewarding choral environment. Founded by noted music pedagogue Mary Huff, the New York City Children’s Chorus will enable choristers, through hard work and dedication, to develop a passionate commitment to excellence through the choral art, to learn discipline and self-confidence, and to give back to their community through the gift of music.

Choristers in Concert Choir and In Harmony will have the unique opportunity to prepare for and perform with a professional orchestra and soloists in classical masterworks such as J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Judas Maccabeaus, and Mozart’s Requiem, on the Music on Madison! series each season. Choisters in the advanced ensembles, as well as in the training choirs, will present several concerts each season in the metropolitan NYC area focusing on repertoire from Bach to Broadway.

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may huff headshotMary Wannamaker Huff, Artistic Director, has extensive experience working with children's choirs. From 2004-2012, she was the Director of Children’s Choirs and High School Choir at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City, conducting and administering the four graded choirs for over 110 children in grades one through twelve. There, she worked closely with maestro Kent Tritle to prepare her choirs for performances in Handel's Jephtha, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn's Paulus, and Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors on the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series. She also prepared her choirs for their Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 singing Mahler's Symphony no. 3 conducted by George Mathew. In addition, Ms. Huff has coached her students for solo performances in a range of NYC venues from Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick's Cathedral to the studios of Nickelodeon!

Among her favorite press reviews was New York Magazine's listing of one of her chorister's performances of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms as one of the year's "Top Ten Classical Events in NYC" (Dec. 7, 2008). Her recent recording, ANGEL, with the St. Ignatius Children's Choir, was released on MSR Classics in November, 2011.

In addition to her work with the New York City Children's Chorus, she is also the Associate Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. She is involved in all aspects of the music program including conducting the Children’s Choirs and Teen Choir, playing the organ for liturgies, accompanying and conducting the semi-professional Church Choir, Saint Andrew Chorale and Orchestra, as well as managing the concert series, Music on Madison!

Ms. Huff graduated cum laude from Furman University in 1999, and continued her musical studies on a full scholarship at Yale University where she earned a Master of Music degree in 2001. She continued further post-graduate studies in music education at Westminster Choir College specializing in the training of children’s choirs. She has taught music to children of all grade levels (K4-12) in Independent, Catholic, and inner-city schools. Ms. Huff is married to Andrew Henderson, and they have two energetic boys that happily sing with the New York City Children's Chorus.

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andrew henderson head shotAndrew Elliot Henderson, Executive Director, is the Director of Music & Organist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, where he directs an extensive liturgical program with a number of choirs, the Saint Andrew Chorale & Orchestra, and the Saint Andrew Music Society's Music on Madison series. In addition to his position at MAPC, Andrew is the organ professor at Teacher's College, Columbia University; he teaches graduate organ literature courses at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ; and is the Assistant Organist at New York City's Temple Emanu-El, the largest Jewish house of worship in the world.

A native of Thorold, Ontario, he holds degrees in music from Cambridge University in England, Yale University, and The Juilliard School. While at Cambridge he held the position of Organ Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge from 1996 to 1999, and at Yale he completed his graduate studies in organ performance on a full scholarship from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. The recipient of a C.V. Starr Foundation fellowship, he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Juilliard School in 2007, receiving the Richard F. French prize for the best doctoral document. From 2001 to 2005 he was the Assistant Organist at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, where he was actively involved in their renowned liturgical and concert programs. His first solo CD, Andrew Henderson at St. John's, Elora, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim.

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katieKatherine Wessinger is a gifted soprano, having appeared in concert and opera in New York City and throughout the United States.  Her recent performance in Haydn’s Creation garnered ample praise from the New York Times: “Ms. Wessinger’s light, clear voice was beautifully suited to Gabriel’s music…she has a genuinely angelic voice and sang with charm and grace” (Tommasini).

In addition to her exceptional talent as a singer, Ms. Wessinger is also an exceptional teacher, particularly gifted with teaching young voices.  Mary Huff, Artistic Director of the NYCCC, says about Ms. Wessinger: “I have had the good fortune of working with many fine vocal pedagogues in my career teaching children. None can match Katherine Wessinger, who has both a flawless technique and an equally encouraging and demanding rapport with her students.  She is the finest teacher for individual vocal study I know for children.”

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Shannon Murphy, Conductor, Preparatory Division, found her love of music at a young age, starting piano lessons at age four. She started teaching in her senior year of high school, when she decided to pursue musical studies in college. In 2012 she graduated with a B.M. in Piano from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ, where she studied with Ena Bronstein-Barton.

While acquiring her degree, she broadened her experience with studies in piano pedagogy, organ, voice and accompanying. She studied choral conducting with Dr. James Jordan and sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir under the baton of conductors such as Berliner Philharmoniker director Sir Simon Rattle, and Philadelphia Orchestra director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Currently, she is Music Director at Messiah’s Reformed Fellowship in Manhattan, NY. She also sings in the Saint Andrew Chorale of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. This fall, she will join the New York City Children’s Chorus as a conductor for the prepatory division. She instructs piano privately in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

upcoming
concerts

Jan 24, 2014 at 6 pm
In Harmony, Concert Choir
Evensong and Concert
to Benefit NYC Homeless
MINI-Concert for Shelter
Dinner guests at 7 pm

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SNL appearance
The Choir appeared on
NBC's Today Show and
on SaturdayNight Live
with Paul McCartney

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Auditions
Dates & Times

Auditions for the 2013-14
have concluded. Please go
to the auditions > page
for more information on
auditions for the 2014-2015 season.

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Voice Lessons
now offered

The New York City
Children’s Chorus is thrilled
to announce the appointment
of Katherine Wessinger as vocal faculty of the NYCCC

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New York City
Children’s
Chorus

at Madison Avenue
Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
212-288-8920
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