Canyon County children’s Chorus Registration Information

Come sing with us!

Prelude Chorus
Grades K-2
Mondays 4:45-5:45pm
No audition required. 

Concert Chorus
Grades 3 and up*
Mondays 4:30-6:00pm
*Vocal placement required. 

Rehearsal Location: Lakeview Church of the Nazarene
608 14th Ave N
Nampa, Idaho

Cost: $200 per vocalist per year. First-time choristers, use promo code “ccccnewcomer” to get $50 off your very first season.

Choristers are also required to purchase a CCCC Polo and black pants/socks/shoes to be worn at rehearsals and singout performances.

If financial assistance is needed, or if you have any additional questions, please email [email protected]

Prelude Chorus Registration

Prelude Chorus is our beginner-level chorus comprised of choristers from Kindergarten to grade 2.  This chorus focuses on rudimentary music and choral skills such as proper vocal placement, posture, breathing, tonality, rhythm, and singing together as a group. In addition to singing melodies, Prelude choristers will learn to sing partner songs, rounds, and simple harmonies.

Concert Chorus Registration

Concert Chorus is the premium performing chorus comprised of choristers from grades 3 and up. The Concert Chorus provides extensive training in vocal technique, breathing, theory, Kodaly sight singing, ear training and the development of performance technique. Concert Chorus will sing a wide variety of traditional choral literature in different languages and styles.

Betsy Olson

Canyon County Children’s Concert Chorus Director

Betsy Olson has been teaching music for over 50 years. After graduating from California State University at Long Beach, Betsy taught flute and piano in her private studio for the next 14 years while raising a family. She has been a music teacher in the La Habra City School District (California) since 1993 and recently retired in 2020. While in La Habra she earned the La Habra Masonic Lodge Outstanding Educator Award in 2000, 2003, and again in 2010. Schools First Federal Credit Union honored her with the Educator’s First Award in 2004, and she was featured on their website as a “Hero in Education” the following year.

In 2010, the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators honored Betsy as Outstanding Arts Educator in Elementary/Vocal Music. The La Habra City School District named Betsy “Teacher of the Year” for the 2013-2014 school year. Betsy worked her last two years establishing a newly formed Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School for her district. In those two short years she assisted in the school receiving the NAMM “Best Communities for Music Education” award (one of 90 in the nation) and became a California Exceptional Arts School.

Betsy was a Director with the Southern California Children’s Chorus (SCCC) for close to two decades before her retirement. She was one of five on faculty directing the Intermediate Chorus. Among the many performances with the chorus, Betsy was the on-call director for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebrations, performed for all the living Medal of Honor recipients at the Reagan Presidential Library and recorded with Hans Zimmer at Capital Records for their performance at the Academy Awards (which won an Emmy).

Betsy is level three Kodály trained and earned a Master’s of Music Education at CSU Fullerton where she was an adjunct professor and partnered to mentor future music teachers. She often presented at workshops and conferences and served as guest clinician at area festivals.

Betsy and her husband, Bob, live in Nampa and have four daughters, four sons-in-law, six beautiful granddaughters, eight sweet grandsons, and a cute little dog named Chloe.

Kate Haderlie

Canyon County Children’s Prelude Chorus Director

Kate Haderlie graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2012 with her degree in Music, Theater, and Creative Writing. She is passionate about performing arts in the community and has been an active volunteer in community theaters and choirs for over 20 years. Kate teaches music and theater classes for Encore Creative Studio and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s summer programs. She especially enjoys working with children ages 5-10 because of their boundless energy and imagination. In her spare time, Kate likes to write music and bake cookies – occasionally at the same time. She lives in Caldwell with her husband and their two children.

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