Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus
Founded in 1990 by Karen L. Markey, the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus is a community organization for boys and girls grades K through 12.
The Chorus is an educational outreach of the Kennett Symphony of Chester County and gives qualified singers an opportunity to perform high-caliber, age-appropriate repertoire that is culturally and musically diverse while nurturing vocal and musical development within a group setting.
KSCC rehearses on the WCU campus every Tuesday evening from September through May, with a brief break over the December holidays.
West Chester University Residency
The residency of the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus is something unique to our corner of Pennsylvania. West Chester is the only university in the State System that has a full-time residency for a community children’s musical ensemble that includes a significant candidate component through courses and internships.
Only Duquesne University (Pittsburgh PA) offers a similar residency. The goal of the Department of Music Education at WCU is to train exceptional choral music educators; this residency and partnership plays a significant role in providing exceptional training for the candidates who become involved with this program.
As part of the In-Residence program at West Chester University, WCU Music Education students have the opportunity to take the course Practicum in Teaching the Children’s Chorus. From this, an Internship program allows qualified junior and senior music education majors to work in tandem with the directors and singers of the Children’s Chorus.