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Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Choruses
Jennifer Rozsa, Director
Meghan Schatt, Assistant Director 
Jacob Bernhardt, Collaborative Pianist
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Performance Program


Meghan Schatt, Director


The Angel Gabriel

Basque Carol

Arr. John Raymond Howell


Dormi, Dormi

Italian Carol

Arr. Mary Goetze


The Piglet’s Christmas

American Folk Song

Arr. Mary Goetze


Star Carol

John Rutter


Jennifer Rozsa, Director

Meghan Schatt, Assistant Director


The First Noel

Traditional English Carol

Arr. Arthur Harris


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Traditional English Carol

Arr. Marques L.A. Garrett

Soloists: Mirabel Hattier, Marina Bendaly, Sedona Aiello, Kate Allen, Kathryn Bohlen, Parla Ilaslan, Brooke Carlson, Bryn Gordon, Colette Karklin, August Sumlin, Aviah Dubson, Mary Kate Hever, Moira Green

Cradle Hymn

Kim André Arnesen

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Felix Mendelssohn

Arr. Arthur Harris

Verse 2: Audience sing along


Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings

Ris'n with healing in His wings

Mild He lays His glory by



Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth

Born to give them second birth

Hark! The herald angels sing

"Glory to the newborn King!"


Night of Silence/Silent Night

Daniel Kantor, Franz Gruber

Soloist: Maren Scott


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Dormi, Dormi (sung in Italian)

Dormi, dormi, bel bambin.

Sleep, o sleep, my lovely child.
Re divin, Re divin.

King divine, King divine.
Fala nanna fantolino.

Close your eyes and sweetly slumber.

Perché piangi, o mio tresor.

O my treasure, do not weep.
Dolce amor, dolce amor.

Sweetly sleep, sweetly sleep.
Fala nanna, o caro figlio.

Close your eyes, my son, my dear one.
Fanto bel. Fanto bel.

Sweetly sleep. Sweetly sleep.

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Cleveland Orchestra Preparatory Chorus

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Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus

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Audition Information

Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Choruses

Eligibility: The Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Choruses are open to students in grades 5-9 for the 2023-2024 school year.  All boys must have unchanged treble voices.

Audition Requirements
•    A song of your choosing
•    Sight read a simple melodic line and rhythmic exercise
•    Short exercises to assess a variety of vocal production skills

Audition Dates
Auditions are by appointment only and will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2023, Sunday, May 7, and Monday, May 8, in the Beachwood area. Parents can learn more and reserve a time slot by visiting 


Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

Eligibility: The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus is open to students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2023, as well as 8th grade boys with changing voices.  


Audition Requirements
•    A song of your choosing that best showcases your voice.
•    Short exercises to demonstrate vocal range and sight reading abilities


Audition Dates
Auditions are by appointment only and will take place in the Beachwood area. Students can learn more and reserve an audition time by visiting 

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Artistic Staff

Jennifer Rozsa

Director, Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus
Jennifer Rozsa earned her master's and bachelor's degrees in music education with an emphasis in the Kodály Philosophy from Capital University's Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio, and her Orff-Shulwerk certification from the San Francisco Orff Course. She currently teaches K-4 general music in Solon. Previously, Jennifer taught K-8 general music and choir in public, private, and charter schools in Ohio, California, and Chicago. While living in the Bay Area, she conducted training choruses for the Peninsula Girls Chorus and San Francisco Boys Chorus. Jennifer has presented general music sessions at OMEA and at the Greater Cleveland Orff Chapter workshops. When not teaching, Jennifer performs as a mezzo-soprano, sings with choirs, and enjoys dancing, biking, and being with her husband, 2 daughters, and dog.

Meghan Schatt

Assistant Director, Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus
Director, Cleveland Orchestra Preparatory Chorus

Meghan Schatt has been a music educator for 15 years and currently teaches PreK-4th grade general music in Independence. She has previously taught 6-12 grade vocal music and music theory in Independence, Sheffield/Sheffield Lake, and Bellevue, Ohio. Mrs. Schatt holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Ohio Northern University, a master's degree in music education from the University of Akron, and an Orff Certification from Baldwin Wallace University. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Schatt has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for 7 seasons, and enjoys gardening, exercise, and spending time with her husband and their 2 sons.

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Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Choruses

The Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus was formed in the spring of 1967 to provide a high-quality choral group for the many orchestral works written for children’s voices, and to offer choral training to school children in the Cleveland area. Today, the Children’s Chorus performs annually with The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus at Severance Hall.  Recent seasons have also seen performances with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.

Over the decades, the extensive performance history has included such major works as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Britten’s War Requiem, Berlioz’s Te Deum, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. The children also regularly sing at University Circle's Holiday CircleFest each December and perform at the Orchestra’s annual Christmas Concerts.

The Children’s Chorus presents an independent concert each spring featuring a diverse repertoire of children’s chorus literature, where they share the stage with the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Preparatory Chorus. The Chorus has also performed regularly at community events such as the One World Festival at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and the Mother and Child exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and has sung the national anthem for Cleveland Indians, Cleveland City Stars, and Cleveland Browns home games.


The Cleveland Orchestra Children's Preparatory Chorus was formed in 2005 by Dr. Ann Usher. This training choir focuses on establishing a foundation of vocal technique, musical literacy, and musicianship through quality children's choral literature. By developing musical skills and performing in public, the children acquire poise, increase self-esteem, and establish a solid foundation in vocal production techniques. Members of the Preparatory Chorus strengthen their vocal production and choral performance skills and learn sight-reading using movable “do” solfège and Kodály/Curwen hand signs. Students also develop leadership skills that will help them strengthen the other choirs in which they participate. The Preparatory Chorus typically gives two performances each season, once in the fall and once in the spring.  

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The Musical Arts Association and the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Choruses 
would like to thank the following for making today’s performances possible:

School Music Faculties
Cleveland Botanical Gardens Staff
Parents, Family, and Friends

Thank you for your continued support of music education.

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