Children’s Chorus of Springfield and Youth Chamber Choir2018-11-26T10:51:48+00:00

About Children’s Chorus of Springfield and Youth Chamber Choir

The Children’s Chorus of Springfield is open to children in 3rd to 7th grade.
This year, we have created the Youth Chamber Choir for 8th to 12th graders.

Rehearsals take place every Saturday:
Children’s Chorus from 12:30 – 1:30PM, and Youth Chamber Choir from 11:30AM – 12:30PM.

$30 registration fee only — Tuition is free.
Contact Brooke Hopkins, Director of Enrollment and Family Engagement, to sign up: bhopkins@communitymusicschool.com; 413-732-8428 ext. 104.


The Children’s Chorus of Springfield (CCS) was established in 2007 by E. Wayne Abercrombie, Professor Emeritus of Choral Music at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Vera S. Baker, retired Director of Visual & Performing Arts for the Springfield Public Schools. In 2015, the CCS hired Maestro Amelia Nagoski as its new conductor to lead the choir. In 2016, the CCS merged with Community Music School of Springfield. This combined entity, with centralized administration and more efficient coordination of resources, provides greater sustainability and more opportunity for children in Springfield.

The Children’s Chorus of Springfield teaches music literacy through singing, cultivates a generation of leaders and ambassadors for Springfield through song, and encourages the active participation of our city’s youth in the Springfield’s vibrant arts community. Participants receive invaluable musical and performance training, learn how to work together, gain self-discipline and control, and become responsible citizens of the world.

The Chorus has performed at a number of venues, including Springfield Symphony Hall, The Mass Mutual Center, the Basketball Hall of Fame, Trinity United Methodist Church, Smith College, Western New England University, The Log Cabin, Bing Arts Center, Providence Place, and the Springfield Sheraton – with more concerts planned for this coming year!

Amelia Nagoski, Children’s Chorus Conductor

Connor Gibbs, Youth Chamber Choir Conductor

Larry Picard, Accompanist

Amma Bigbi, Chorus Manager

Please feel free to contact Amma with any questions:
413-732-8428 ext. 107 / abigbi@communitymusicschool.com

About the conductors:

Head shot of Amelia Nagoski

Dr. Amelia Nagoski is a conductor and music professor who helps singers get in touch with their internal experience. Her students have described her as “passionate, positive, and boundlessly enthusiastic.” In her teaching, performing, and writing, she focuses on connections between art and the experience of being alive in the world, with the expectation that understanding music can help us understand ourselves and each other. 

Connor Gibbs is a conductor, composer and instructor who he teaches chorus and music theory throughout Western Massachusetts. He received his BA in Music from Wagner College, where he also received the Dr. Ronald Cross Music History Award for Scholarship in Music. His choral compositions have been performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall.