The Ames Children’s Choirs (ACC) was founded in 1995, by Dr. Sylvia Munsen, the former Artistic Director of 16 years till June 2011. ACC program includes boys and girls ages 8-16 from central Iowa communities singing in three choirs: Concert Choir, Chorale and the Preparatory Choir. ACC focuses on the development of self-esteem through artistic experience. It is a notable and well respected children’s choral society. Its accomplishments are detailed in ACC concerts/events. Currently, ACC programs are under the directions of Dr. Christina Svec and Mrs. Mindy Phomvisay.
Preparatory Choir is the beginning level ensemble for boys and girls ages 7-8. Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 4:30-5:25 pm. The choir performs in the annual holiday and spring concerts and performs an additional concert each semester locally.
Chorale is the intermediate level ensemble for boys and girls ages 9-11. Rehearsals are held Mondays from 5:30-7:30 pm. The choir performs in the annual holiday and spring concerts and performs additional concerts throughout the year. The Chorale conducts a one day tour performing in Central Iowa schools and also serves as the host for the Celebrate Singing Choral Festival.
Concert Choir is the advanced level ensemble comprised of experienced singers with unchanged voices, ages 12-18. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm. This ensemble performs extensively, and conducts an annual tour every year, often rotating between regional, national, and international tours. The Concert Choir serves as the host for the Midwest Children’s Choir Festival.
The ages described for each choir are general guidelines—final decision is made by the Artistic Director depending on the singer’s experience and vocal maturity.