Columbus International Children's Choir

Columbus International Children's Choir

The award-winning Columbus International Children's Choir (CICC) offers premier singing education and performance experience for children ages 4-18 of Central Ohio. Watch the CICC's winning performance at the 2014 World Choir Games.

CICC was the Winner of the Category of Youth Choirs of Equal Voices at the major world competition 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. The choir was also awarded silver medal in the Champions Competition Category "Musica Sacra" at the 2014 World Choir Games. Other awards include gold and silver diplomas at 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, 3rd place at the youth choirs division of the major national competition, the American Prize in 2012.

The Columbus International Children's Choir performs in the most prestigious national and international venues. In June 2015, CICC had a spotlight performance at Carnegie Hall in New York. The choir debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2006. CICC has been on concert tours to Beijing, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Fort Wayne, etc. The choir performed in concerts with the finest professional musicians including New England Symphonic Ensemble, New York City Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Opera Project Columbus, tenor Brian Cheney, and violinist Arkadiy Gips.

Our singers performed leading roles in a variety of venues including school musicals and won numerous awards in local and national singing competitions. In the spring of 2014 our singers performed in opera Pagliacci, by Ruggero Leoncavallo, directed by Christopher Purdy and conducted by maestro Alessandro Siciliani.
Singing in the choir gives children an opportunity to

  • Acquire strong vocal skills
  • Develop ability to read and understand music
  • Learn music of various styles, time periods, and countries
  • Get exposure to foreign languages
  • Develop confidence to perform on stage
  • Meet and perform with outstanding musicians
  • Perform in top national and international venues
  • Develop self-discipline and responsibility
  • Make new friends
  • Visit new places

Each member of the choir gets personal attention from conductors. When necessary, the conductors and a voice teacher work with choir members individually or in small groups. We invite all children, who love music and want to become better singers, to join the Columbus International Children's Choir.

Choirs

Creative Notes Grades PreK-2

The youngest children start singing in the Sunny Smiles Choir and the Creative Notes Choir. These children begin learning the basics of choral singing. The students explore their singing voices and gain confidence singing alone and with others. They learn breathing techniques, proper singing posture, and how to follow a conductor.

See full schedule here.

Rainbow of Voices Grades 2-4

The Rainbow of Voices Choir is for advanced beginners. This ensemble is for children who are already comfortable with their singing voices and want to increase their musical knowledge. These children build their music reading skills and develop healthy singing habits. They learn proper breathing techniques, singing posture and tone production and develop basic musical artistry using dynamics and articulation. This group focuses on building a beautiful unison sound and begins developing part-singing skills.

This choir sings in a variety of languages. The Rainbow of Voices Choir performs in at least two concerts per year.

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Swallow Grades 4-8

The Swallow Choir is an intermediate-advanced level choir. These singers learn to develop vocal strength and sing with a healthy tone quality. This is accomplished by work with a vocal coach one-on-one and in groups. They are also trained in sight reading and solfege.

Rehearsals include the development of listening skills for more accurate intonation, vocal blend and balance. The goal of this level is to increase independence in music reading and sing more difficult repertoire with confidence. The Swallow Choir members have an opportunity to travel and meet with other choirs in a yearly tour.

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Chamber Grades 8-12

The Chamber Choir is an advanced, select choir. Only the finest singers are admitted to this group. These singers develop strong vocal skills by work with a vocal coach and by singing advanced repertoire. This group demonstrates outstanding music abilities and responsible behavior. The Chamber Choir goes yearly on national and international concert tours.

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Staff

Tatiana Kats

Tatiana Kats Artistic Director of Columbus International Children's Choir

Tatiana Kats is the founder of Columbus Music and Art Academy, Columbus International Children's Choir, and Central Ohio Singing Competition. She is the Executive Director of the academy and Artistic Director of the choir. Mrs. Kats is also the conductor of the Swallow and Chamber Choirs.

Mrs. Kats earned a Master of Arts degree in choral conducting and a Master of Music degree in piano pedagogy from The Ohio State University where she studied under Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt and Mr. James Gallagher. Mrs. Kats was awarded by National Music Certificate Program as "Founding Teacher ... instrumental in establishing a national standard for developing musicians in the United States of America."

Before coming to the United States, she worked as a director of a music school and a conductor of youth and mixed choirs in Moscow, Russia.
Lisa Springer

Lisa Springer Assistant Conductor and Voice Teacher

Lisa D. Springer received her education at Heidelberg University and The Cleveland Institute of Music. As a mezzo-soprano, she has enjoyed solo performances with The Pittsburgh Opera Theater, sharing the stage with Placido Domingo; The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall; The Cleveland Opera Company, Robert Page Singers, The Cleveland Fine Arts Program and The Lancaster Festival Orchestra. She has appeared as a member of The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Blossom Music Center Chorus, Cleveland Opera Chorus, Cincinnati Opera Chorus, Cantari Singers of Columbus and The Lancaster Chorale. She currently performs with the St. Joseph Cathedral Choir and Temple Israel Choir.

Her choral conducting experiences include the position of Artistic Director of The Columbus Women’s Chorus, Director of the vocal music program at The Wellington School, and past director of vocal music at Lancaster High School. Additionally, she served as co-director of the Lancaster-Fairfield Youth Choir. She also maintains a private voice studio. Her students have performed internationally in Belgium and The Netherlands, and domestically in New York City, Chicago, LA, Detroit, Cincinnati and Washington, DC. She is a member of The American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, NATS, and Chorus America. She is the proud mother of two adult children and two grandchildren.
Mollie Garrett

Mollie Garrett Conductor of the Creative Notes and Rainbow of Voices Choirs

Mollie is a graduate from Otterbein University and holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education with an Ohio K-12 Music Teaching License.

Her love of music began at the age of 8 when she began taking private voice lessons here in Central Ohio. Now an Otterbein graduate, she has previous experience conducting middle school and church choirs, a dance instructor, and working with a few different show choirs in the Central Ohio area.

This year, 2015, will be her first year as the Conductor of the Creative Notes and Rainbow of Voices Choirs. She is very excited to be working with the students and staff members at CICC to make a successful season of music.
Megan Alston

Megan Alston Conductor of the Creative Notes and Rainbow of Voices Choirs

Megan Alston grew up in a music-loving family who regularly and spontaneously gathered around the piano to sing. She graduated from BYU—Idaho in Music Education, emphasis in choral education in 2014. As a student she accompanied university class, group, and private voice lessons semesters for hundreds of students. She has conducting experience in both educational and church capacities such as choir conductor, pianist, music chairman, as well as teaching music appreciation classes.

Mrs. Alston is currently a private instructor of voice and piano for Piano Lessons in Your Home, Inc as well as in her own private studio. Apart from lessons she holds regular music workshops, recitals, and camps for children in Dublin and Lewis center. This is her first year with CICC and she is excited to share her love and joy of music with Creative Notes and Rainbow of Voices.
Irina Utkina

Irina Utkina Conductor of the Sunny Smiles Choir and Principal Accompanist

Irina Utkina graduated from the Saint Petersburg Music Conservatory in Russia as choral conductor. Before coming to the United States, she worked as a director of adult and children's choirs and as accompanist in Moscow, Russia.

She has been working as conductor and principal accompanist of the Columbus International Children's Choir since 1998. Mrs. Utkina also arranges music for the choir.