There’s an opportunity for young singers in Fishers to get a full Indianapolis Children’s Choir experience without parents making the long haul into the city, according to Josh Pedde, assistant artistic director.
A branch of the ICC, the Hamilton County Regional Choir, is anchored in Fishers and helmed by co-directors Cindy Johnson, Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School’s choral director, and Monika Spangler, a teacher at Fall Creek Intermediate School.
The Fishers location features a first steps program for younger kids, as well as a regional choir program for fourth through sixth graders.
The program meets at Fall Creek Intermediate School.
“We’re trying to make it as accessible to the parents as possible,” Pedde said. “I think one of the great features of that (opportunity) is that there are two programs that go on simultaneously.”
Pedde said the ICC program at Fall Creek Intermediate is a “one stop shop” for parents with two kids in different age groups.
“As an educator, I’ve learned so much from ICC,” Johnson said. “It’s my privilege to be a part of it.”
Johnson has been with the ICC for approximately four seasons.
She said the music alone is challenging for the kids going through the choral program, and the challenge for her is finding an effective way to teach the difficult music to them.
“It’s exciting for me to be challenged by a piece of music that I’m getting ready to teach,” Johnson said.
Pedde said the organization’s tuition breaks down to $11 per 75 minute session. Overall tuition for a season (from September through May) in the preparatory choir is $375 and the overall cost of the regional choir is $330.
Pedde said the ICC is still accepting new singers, with 20 percent off of tuition prices.
He said the regional choirs perform all over central Indiana, as well as at local events in their own communities, such as Cookies with Santa in Fishers.
For more information, visit icchoir.org.