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National Children’s Chorus Launches Online Conservatory – Apply Now for Fall 2020!

The National Children’s Chorus Academy based in Washington, DC, provides children ages 5 to 17 the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary online musical environment this fall. The country’s leading music educators work with students in small groups weekly to develop their vocal and musicianship skills from the most basic concepts through the college level. Tone quality, breath support and musical expression are cultivated within the individual singers, while working together as an ensemble culminates in an exciting array of virtual performances, presenting world premieres and collaborating with an exceptional roster of professional artists from around the world.

Additionally, students have the exclusive opportunity to participate in annual international summer tours and national concerts at premier venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. With a spectacular musicianship curriculum to accompany its first-rate vocal training, the National Children’s Chorus is an unparalleled educational resource for children who love to sing! If your child has musical ability, don’t waste another minute. Children ages 5 to 17 are invited to apply. Set up a virtual audition today!

Online courses include:
Ensemble Training (Virtual Choir Videos) • Individualized Coachings with Conductors • Musicianship & Kodály Method • Voice Class • Advanced Ear Training • Advanced Sight Singing • Masterclass Series

Apply now to book a virtual audition and attend the online information presentation on August 16th!


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Five Things for Today: June 13, 2020

Checking out the wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park yesterday

1. Quick links for weekend activities:
* Local Hikes
* Pick Your Own places
* Paddling opportunities
* Fairfax Parks and NoVa Parks (more open with Phase 2)
* Protests around the DMV

2. Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to Create by the Creek: A Socially-Distant Celebration of Art and Community in Rock Creek Park. Any time between today June 21, find a safe spot in Rock Creek Park and let your creative juices flow. Draw or paint a landscape or a single flower, write a rap or a poem, take a photograph, record a TikTok, make a collage. Then share your artwork using the hashtags #createbythecreek, #rockcreekpark, #loverockcreek, or #summerintheparks. See what other people have been making on Instagram and Facebook.  All ages and artistic experience are encouraged to participate!

3. Oprah Magazine recommends 43 books by black authors to read in 2020.

4. Where to donate effectively right now.

5. Dave Chapelle’s brand new special, 8:46, is not funny. And it’s not supposed to be. (Update: This is NOT for kids — apologies for any confusion! I assume parents see “Dave Chapelle” and know that. Just like Oprah’s book recs, some of the “Five Things” are specifically for adults, since they are the ones actually reading KFDC.)

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Five Things for Today: June 12, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk

1. Northern Virginia begins Phase 2 of reopening today. This DCist article has more on what this entails, but it includes many places for recreation and entertainment, including museums, zoos, gardens, and outdoor venues for sports and the performing arts. More park facilities will also open — find details for Fairfax Parks and NoVa Parks. A quick heads-up that this includes playgrounds, so Clemyjontri in McLean will open along with many others. (I still recommend calling ahead if you plan to go, just to confirm there aren’t any issues.)

2. The Yards’ Friday Night Concert Series is back this summer — online! Starting this evening through July 3, you can stream the free concerts from the comfort of your own home. It kicks off at 7pm with a performance by Justin Trawick that you can view on Facebook.

3. Tomorrow, June 13, is a Free Fishing Day in Maryland, which means you don’t need a license to cast a line in waters that usually require one — a fun way to enjoy being outdoors on what’s forecast to be a nice day! (FYI, this is happening June 20, too.)

4. Netflix just introduced a Black Lives Matter section of films to view.

5. What the recent Black Lives Matter protests have changed so far. (PS: Protests continuing this weekend.)

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Five Things for Today: June 11, 2020

One of the outdoor sculptures at Glenstone

1. Glenstone, the wonderful modern-art museum in Potomac, MD, has reopened on an outdoor-only basis — but I can assure you the beautiful, expansive grounds showcasing large-scale installations are lovely to wander. Hours are 10am – 5pm Thursday – Sunday. Visitors must be at least 12 years old, and reservations are required. Free tickets are released at 10am every Monday in two-week increments.

2. A KFDC reader recently let me know about Camp Kinda, described on the website as a “free virtual summer experience designed to keep kids in grades K-8 engaged, curious, and having fun–even if they’re stuck at home.” It offers themed daily ideas for activities to keep kids occupied for several hours.

3. Today at 2pm, Freedom Fighters DC is hosting a live session on Instagram to discuss what it means to Defund the Police, the MPD budget hearing on June 15, and how to submit a public testimony to the city council to push for change.

4. My friend Darcy’s list of 10 Happy Things for June. (Btw, she’s an amazing family photographer and currently scheduling summer sessions!)

5. A fascinating and powerful read. (It should be noted this is one person’s POV, but…whoa.)

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