TBCC choirs perform often through the Tampa Bay community and offer many performance opportunities for choristers. Major concerts, community events, songfests, and tours are only some of the exciting performance opportunities that singers experience as part of the Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus.
TBCC presents two main concerts per season, and is frequently featured in full concerts on concert series through our area. Since 1993 we have performed often in major works with The Florida Orchestra on its regular masterworks series, including several performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mahler’s Symphony No.3. TBCC has also been featured with the University of South Florida’s orchestra and chorus as well as the USF Opera Theater. These are excellent performance opportunities for chorus members.
We are honored to be frequently invited to perform at civic events, such as the inauguration of Florida’s governor, and at local sports events, including the Tampa Bay Rays games, the Tampa Bay Lightning games, and the opening of Raymond James Stadium. We also participate in and sponsor workshops and concerts with local school and church choirs.
Guest Artists and Commissions
TBCC has brought to the community such internationally acclaimed artists and composers as Malcolm Dalglish, Nick Page, James Mulholland, and Kathy Armstrong. Over the years we have commissioned new works for treble voices by Dalglish, Page and Mulholland as well as David Brunner, which we subsequently premiered.
Nursing Home Serenades
As part of our community outreach program, choirs participate in several concerts each season for residents of local nursing homes and retirement centers. These short concerts are usually held on weekend afternoons and may be repeated at more than one location during this time. All choirs may participate.
All-State Chorus Preparation Workshop
Each year TBCC sponsors a Preparation Workshop for the All-State Chorus of the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA). Singers from throughout the state are invited to join TBCC in working on music required for all-state auditions. All Concert and Chamber Choir members participate in this workshop which will be scheduled on a Saturday in October from 9 am to 1 pm. Side-by-side rehearsals are held with the help of TBCC Choristers, USF music students and area music teachers. TBCC parents provide chaperones and refreshments for this event. TBCC singers perform for the guest singers who come from Hillsborough County and surrounding counties.
Honor Choir Experiences
Special opportunities become available for TBCC singers through our professional affiliations with ACDA, MENC and CME. Singers are selected by the Music Director to audition for various events based on their musical development, dedication to TBCC, and discipline and maturity shown in rehearsals and performances.
Touring is an important part of TBCC’s program. It develops community within the group and provides a unique opportunity for intense musical and social growth. Each summer, TBCC participates in a choral festival or multi-day concert tour. Tour costs are paid by choristers’ families. Parent chaperones accompany the tour and are responsible for their own expenses. TBCC will plan fundraising activities to enable choristers to earn money toward individual tour accounts to help pay these tour expenses. Singers under the age of twelve (12) may tour at the discretion of the director and must be accompanied by a parent.