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Choral Program


Karla Krogstad, Music Director
Visit: Bach Children’s Chorus website

Choral Program

The Bach Children's Chorus, in residence at Nazareth College

Karla Krogstad, founder and music director
Milton Mashner, assistant director

Mozart Children's Chorus

Michelle LaVarnway, director

Bach Children's Chorus

Karla Krogstad, founder and music director

  • students ages 8-16
  • Tuition - $520.00 per year
  • Weekly rehearsals on Saturdays (September through May): Large group rehearsals: 9:30 - 11:30 AM; Small group rehearsals/theory class, choice of: 9:00-10:50 am; 9:45 - 11:35 am; or 1:00 -2:50 pm

The Bach Children’s Chorus is widely regarded as the premier children's chorus in Rochester. It provides distinctive choral training with emphasis on foreign language and opportunities for the performance of classical and multicultural music. Founded by Karla Krogstad in 1989, the Bach Children’s Chorus has been acclaimed for its outstanding performances, clear diction and pure tone. It appears regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Mercury Opera Rochester and other area ensembles. The program specializes in significant repertoire of the 18th through 21st centuries, sung in a variety of languages. Chorus members rehearse weekly; small group rehearsals, in conjunction with a theory class, alternate with rehearsals of the entire ensemble.

The upcoming season will include performances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet, and the Holiday Pops concert, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah and its spring concert, a performance singing the National Anthem for the Buffalo Bills, along with other performance venues in Rochester. 

As a highlight of it's 25th anniversary season, the Chorus performed in Carnegie Hall with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in May of 2014 in Howard Hanson's opera Merry Mount. In addition, the Chorus traditionally makes a three–day tour during spring. The Bach Children's Chorus has performed in Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the National Cathedral in Washington, D. C., Old North Church in Boston, Cleveland and Toronto.

Students qualify for participation in the Bach Children’s Chorus by audition, which occur on a rolling basis. Membership is open to girls and boys with unchanged voices. To request an audition, please contact the Chorus Director at or call 585-389-2566. More information about the Bach Children’s Chorus can be found at

Informational meeting for the Bach Children's Chorus occurs in the summer, dates will be announced. To register for the meeting, please contact us at Scholarship applications are available. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

Mozart Children's Chorus

Michelle LaVarnway, director

  • ages 5-8, must turn 5 by December 1st
  • Tuition is $265.00 for the year
  • Saturdays: 10:45 - 11:30 AM; 11:45 - 12:30 PM
  • September through May (20 classes)

Designed as a classroom choral experience for young children, the Mozart Children’s Chorus offers an exploration of singing, rhythm, elements of music theory, and the use of Orff instruments. The musical material is chosen from the vast repertoire of folk songs, including American as well as foreign language. Children will perform in concert once or twice yearly. To inquire about the joining Mozart Children's Chorus, please contact

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