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Kids of Note
A national children’s choir course for young singersKON Kids SMALL

Kids of Note is an intensive (and fun!) four-day course for young singers, aged 9 to 14, who enjoy singing and can match pitch (sing in tune). Organised by the NZCF Association of Choral Directors, Kids of Note will be directed by children’s choral specialist, Elise Bradley, and the singers will develop a wide range of skills in a safe and secure environment. Moira Clarke is the Kids of Note coordinator and is responsible for the choir management and care of the singers. As a member of Kids of Note, singers will:

    • enhance their musical skills
    • attain a high level of artistic excellence in choral performance
    • perform music from other languages and cultures
    • develop leadership and social skills
    • gain confidence
    • learn to be part of a team
    • enjoy new experiences
    • make new friends

Each day begins at 9.30am with a full day of coaching in singing, musical activities, full rehearsals and sectionals until 4.30pm. Staff will be on site from 8.30am for any parents who need to drop off their child early, and Vanessa Kay will lead an hour of musical games until 5.30pm to enable late pick-up from the venue. Kids of Note will conclude with a free public concert on Thursday 14 July from 3.30 to 4.00pm.

Fees and accommodation
The fee for the four-day course is $130 and there are a limited number of bursaries for those in financial need. As numbers are limited, not all applications may be accepted if the course is fully subscribed. Homestays can be arranged by the Kids of Note Coordinator for some of the out-of-town participants for the duration of the course. Auckland hosts will be paid $60 per child that they host, which will be collected in addition to the registration fee. 

Terms and Conditions

Parents and singers must agree to the following terms and conditions for acceptance:

a) ACD may contact referees to confirm their endorsement and/or make arrangements to audition the singer.

b) The selection panel’s decision is final. Registration fees will be refunded in full if any applications are not accepted, as the course will be limited to 60 children.

c) If selected, the singers must:

    • commit to the entire Kids of Note programme (Mon 11 July 9.30am to Thu 14 July, 4.00pm including the final concert from 3.30-4.00pm on Thu 14 July)
    • be willing to undergo a short audition, should this be required (singers must be able to match pitch)
    • practice songs to audio tracks provided in Term 2, and start to memorise the song texts
    • sing 5 to 7 songs from memory at the final concert
    • bring the following items:
      • pencil and water bottle
      • black trousers/skirt, socks and shoes (a Kids of Note course T-shirt will be provided)
      • an enthusiastic attitude and willingness to be a disciplined team member!

d) Applications must be received by the new closing date of 9 May and the selection panel will notify all applicants by 10 May of their acceptance (or otherwise) and provide payment details (if fee not paid already).

e) The course fee of $130 must be paid by 20 May – some bursaries are available for singers in financial need. Please contact the Kids of Note Coordinator, Moira Clarke moira.clarke@nzcf.org.nz, for further details.