Educational Institutions


America's finest choral academy for youth

Los Angeles, CA


Our Mission: The National Children's Chorus transforms the lives of young people, empowering them to effectively lead society toward the ideals of artistic excellence, cultural openness, and social justice. Our Vision: A world where choral music powerfully nourishes awareness of our most important human values.

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President and CEO

Luke McEndarfer

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Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA


music, education, performing arts, youth, chorus, voice





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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What we aim to solve

In today's world of constant distractions, social media and chaotic political climates, children are often lost in trying to learn and understand who they are and who they want to be. In many cases, they are not receiving clear, inspiring or motivating feedback from the world, and often good role models in leadership roles are hard to identify. The National Children's Chorus creates a pathway to clearer and more confident self-realization through the medium of music and the structure of its educational curriculum. At the NCC, children are not only taught the skill of musical performance, but are shown how to believe in themselves and cultivate the unique gifts inside each of them. Punctuality, attention to detail, respect for self and others, generosity and charity, love and respect--these are just some of the key elements of culture embodied by our national organization by students and staff alike. The result is incredibly successful graduates who contribute to positively to society.

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The National Children's Chorus aims to be a force of transformation within the United States and the world, empowering its students to use their talents in pursuit of excellence within society. There are many related problems to be solved, and therefore many leaders needed to create positive change. Our goal is to build that leadership. We know many of our students will not pursue professional careers in music, but we also know that the lessons they have learned through the music may then be applied to different areas of their lives, supercharging their momentum for greatness wherever they go. Knowing that nourishment of even one great leader can change the lives of millions, the NCC considers its work of incredible importance with unlimited potential that stands to benefit the common good.

Within our national team, we have invested heavily in training programs for our directors and instructors so that our goal can be realized. It is necessary for every staff member at the NCC to understand that there is a higher purpose beyond the musical skills being taught, and while world-class music is part of what happens, imparting strategies and a vision for greatness within the students is of paramount importance. The NCC wishes through music to teach the skill sets that give children the tools to be fully themselves and to support that for everyone else as well. Creating a sense of community, eradicating notions of competition, and maintaining focus on the building of character are central the NCC's philosophy, and a compelling notion for the potential of music to bring out the best within each person.

With a growing national network and strong financial management, the National Children's Chorus increases its reach year after year. Since 2008, its membership has grown roughly 10,000%, and serves more than 800 students in four metropolitan cities. Programs and initiatives are constantly expanding, and along with that, the ability to fulfill the NCC's goals on a large scale.

The strong growth of the organization is a sign that the program is resonating with families, giving the NCC the ability to touch more lives. As graduates from the program enter the workforce and create positive change in our world, the number of extraordinary case studies grows. As we see the long-term effects and benefits of involvement in the program, the NCC will be further guided toward knowing the extent of the difference it is making toward its larger goals. Surveys, feedback and continual data collection help facilitate the process of measuring the organization's success over time.

The National Children’s Chorus, led by Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer and Associate Artistic Director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, has seen substantial growth over the last decade, from just a handful of students in Los Angeles upon its inception in 2008 to over 800 today in the chapter cities of Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Along with its organizational and structural growth, there has been an unwavering commitment to superlative artistic standards of vocal performance. Each season, musical and artistic execution are taken to new levels of refinement and excellence in the areas of clean intonation, precise rhythm, rich tone quality, crisp diction, accurate language pronunciation, and dramatic expression of all texts. The result has been a sound that we believe to be riveting and unique, emblematic of our approach to performance and vocal training. In addition to our concert productions that take place in each of our chapter cities, the NCC is proud to bring our signature sound to the international stage through annual summer tours. Some special moments over the last three seasons include singing Palestrina’s "Sicut cervus" at the high altar of St. Peter’s in the Vatican City; performing our "Building Bridges" season repertoire in front of the Berlin Wall; and having the opportunity to sing at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) with the Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra as a message of peace and harmony among the North and South Korean people. As the NCC just celebrated its 10th Anniversary Season, the chorus is now thrilled to be looking ahead to a new decade of excellence with innovative projects and meaningful experiences for our growing national family.

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