The Cincinnati Choral Academy’s mission is to enrich and educate the community by building outstanding young leaders in a safe environment, while providing musical excellence to all youth regardless of their background.
The Cincinnati Choral Academy is a free after-school program offering a comprehensive music literacy and choral education to students in grades 3-6 at partnering schools. Currently, Cincinnati Choral Academy operates Carson Elementary, Frederick Douglass School, John P. Parker School, Roll Hill School, and William Howard Taft Elementary within the Cincinnati Public School district. Participants who would benefit most from the Choral Academy are recommended by school staff members. Recommended students are not required to have prior musical experience, but a commitment to attending all weekly rehearsals and performances is essential.
Cincinnati Choral Academy is a collaborative program brought to you by the Cincinnati Youth Choir, Cincinnati May Festival, and Vocal Arts Ensemble (VAE), with generous support provided by Cincinnati International Wine Festival, Matinée Musicale, the Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, and the Ladislas and Vilma Segoe Family Foundation.
Jocelyn Moses-Mputu is a distinguished music specialist with over 15 years of experience teaching elementary music. She is a Cincinnati native and a proud graduate of Winton Woods City Schools. After graduating, Mrs. Moses-Mputu went on to major in music education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and later earned her Master of Music in Music Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her passion for teaching music is evident in her commitment to engaged child-centered learning. In addition to teaching general music in the classroom, Mrs. Moses-Mputu has held the roles of after-school choir and drama director, as well as the performing arts department co-chair during her tenure with Mason City Schools. Mrs. Moses-Mputu believes it is the fundamental right for all children to receive a quality choral and music education experience and is a strong advocate for the performing arts. She is also a wife and mom of three. Mrs. Moses-Mputu is very much looking forward to joining the CYC family and working as the new Director of the Cincinnati Choral Academy.
Rehearsals and Attendance
It is an honor to be a member of the CCA. Each child (and their family) is expected to demonstrate commitment by being punctual and consistently attending all rehearsals and performances. Every single child is important to the success of the program. Just as with any other team effort, the success of the choir is reliant on the attendance of all of its members. Therefore, the child and family should make participation a priority. All rehearsals and performances are mandatory for all singers.
A choir member may be considered excused for:
- Illness requiring absence from school
- Death in the family
- Conflict with a school commitment: This will usually be handled jointly by school and CCA staff.
In order to be recorded as excused, parents must submit a written note/email/voicemail prior to the rehearsal. A written excuse should include the child’s name, reason for dismissal or tardiness, and the parent’s signature. Notes without a stated reason will be considered unexcused. Please notify us of your absences by contacting Rachel Breeden at Rbreeden@cincinnatichoir.org or by calling 513-556-0338.
Absences that occur for any reason other than those listed above will be considered on an individual basis by the director. Excessive absences – more than 3 in a semester – will result in a parent conference to discuss the child’s future in the program.
As much as CCC supports a child’s need to maintain good grades and receive a good education, we cannot regularly accept homework as an excused absence from rehearsals and NEVER from performances. Singers should plan ahead.
Performances are mandatory for all singers. If a singer has a conflict with a performance date (see schedules above), notify the director as soon as possible.
If CPS closes schools, CCA is cancelled. If schools are delayed, CCA will run as normal.
The uniform for all concerts consists of the CCA T-shirt (provided), black pants or floor-length black skirts for girls, black socks or hose, and black dress shoes.