Columbus Music and Art Academy

CICC wins gold medal at the World Choir Games, 2018


Columbus Music and Art Academy offers the award-winning Columbus International Children's Choir, art classes, music theory classes, and singing lessons for kids ages 4-18 from Greater Columbus, Ohio. The academy is also the home of Central Ohio Singing Competition.

Our mission is to transform the lives of K-12 children in Central Ohio by providing exceptional music and art education that stands out for its quality and innovation, nurturing creativity, self-assurance, and a sense of belonging while instilling a deep, lasting love for the arts.

Our staff is a team of enthusiastic professionals who enjoy teaching children. Their expertise and dedication help us develop age-specific music and art programs for youth.

Columbus Music and Art Academy is a nonprofit organization. It was founded in 2003 by Tatiana Kats, the executive director of the academy and artistic director of the choir. The academy was awarded grants by the Columbus Foundation and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Our choir performed in The White House for the President and First Lady, Carnegie Hall, and won World Choir Games. Our art program received special award for best drawing and painting teachers. Our music theory students participate in the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program by taking the music theory exam following the class. Some students take the AP music theory exam.

We invite each child who wants to learn music and art to join us! Take a tour through our website and see how your child can benefit from our programs.

Enrollment is throughout the year. All classes and choir rehearsals are held on Saturdays.


"I highly recommend this academy to families who are looking for professional, caring, and highly acclaimed musicians and instructors to teach your children music. Not only did my three daughters receive solid music theory and numerous high-profile performance opportunities; but they were surrounded by rich cultural diversity within the choir that broadened their worldview."
- Rhonda Shappert

"I was a member of the Columbus International Children's Choir and it is an experience I will never forget. From competing in the World Choir Games to performing around the world in some of the most iconic artistic hubs, Tatiana Kats and the other teachers provided a wonderful serious yet greatly enjoyable experience to each of us. I developed greatly as a singer and I learned to love art in a way that I did not think was possible. I would recommend this experience to anyone interested in developing as an artist or in immersing yourself with talented teachers and kids that love art."
- Niki Grotewold

"My kids have been members of this choir for over 10 years. They love the music, the challenge, the other kids and their choir directors - and they sound beautiful! These are kids that had no special training before they joined the choir. Tatiana Kats and the other choir directors teach them with respect and challenge them to grow. My children have experienced choir competitions, have travelled in Ohio, the US and to other countries, and one of them got to meet and perform for the president and first lady of the United States."
- Tanya Rosen

Choir Art Classes
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