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CAPITAL CITY GIRLS CHOIR (CCGC)

Capital City Girls Choior

If you are interested in joining our choir please contact us at ccgc@meredith.edu or register here. We are able to offer scholarships for annual tuition as well as travel.

The Capital City Girls Choir (CCGC) is a vocal and music training program for girls aged 9-18 from Raleigh, North Carolina, and the surrounding communities. CCGC is associated with the community outreach program of the Department of Music at Meredith College.

About Capital City Girls Choir (CCGC) Program

The three choirs of the Capital City Girls Choir are open to singers from ages nine through eighteen. CCGC has performed at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the White House, the Washington National Cathedral, the Crescent City Choral Festival, Canterbury and London, England, Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, and at various venues in Caen, the Loire Valley, Normandy and Mont-Saint-Michel, France and British Columbia.  

CCGC Group in Jones Chapel

History

Founded in 1987 as a community outreach of Meredith College by Dr. Fran M. Page, the Capital City Girls Choir is one of the nation’s premier choral music education programs for young people. Weekly training encompasses musicianship, theory, and group vocal instruction and practice. The choirs give concerts at Meredith and throughout the local community, and have been invited to sing at prestigious choral festivals regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Choir members have performed with noted conductors including Jean Ashworth Bartle, David Brunner, Joan Gregory, Barbara Tagg, Z. Randall Stroope, Lynn Gackle, Henry Leck and other renowned composers and conductors.

Select Performances

  • North Carolina Symphony – Raleigh, NC, 2011
  • Raleigh Symphony Orchestra – Raleigh, NC, 2003
  • National Opera Company
  • Piedmont Invitational Children’s Choir Festival – Various locales in NC, Annually
  • Appalachian Children’s Chorus Festival of Young Voices – Charleston, WV, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Children in Harmony Festival at Walt Disney World – Orlando, 2002, 2007
  • Crescent City Choral Festival – New Orleans, 2006
  • North Carolina Summer Institute of Choral Arts – Boone, NC, 2002
  • Rotunda of State Capitol – Raleigh, NC
  • Governor’s Mansion – Raleigh, NC
  • Tryon Palace – New Bern, NC
  • Sertoma Arts Center – Raleigh, NC
  • Spoleto Festival – Charleston, SC
  • Washington National Cathedral – Washington, DC
  • London and Canterbury, England
  • North Carolina Opera – Raleigh, NC 2022
  • England & Wales 30th Anniversary Tour, 2017 – including the 70th annual Llangollen International Music Festival in Northern Wales with two-time Grammy Award-winning American composer Christopher Tin, in his Calling All Dawns song cycle
  • Italy, 2011
  • France, 2009
  • Children in Harmony Festival at Walt Disney World – Orlando, 2002, 2007
  • Mozart’s 250th Birthday Celebration – Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, 2006
  • International Choral Kathaumixw Program – British Columbia, Canada, 2004
  • The White House
  • North Carolina Governor’s Mansion

Capital City Girls Choir Season 37

A Message from Dr. Wozencraft-Ornellas: 
 
Dear members of the CCGC Family, 
 
I would like to congratulate you on a wonderful Spring concert performance, capping what has been an active and musical year.  A heartfelt “Thank you” to Cameron, Claudia, and everyone for your dedication and hard work.
 
Sadly, I must announce that we will be suspending Capital City Girls Choir for the immediate future.  This is due to rising expenses and declining enrollment, which has not fully recovered since COVID.  In order to keep the ensembles going for the past 3 years, we have had to dip deeply into our reserve funds, and can no longer sustain the costs.  All Community School of Music activities, including CCGC, are tuition-driven and must be self-sustaining.  
 
When CCGC was founded, it was the only girls ensemble in the Triangle, serving a population with few other outlets.  In the intervening 36 years, the area has seen the development of numerous other treble/girls ensembles and children’s choirs. Those are sustained with grants from County, State, and other foundations for which CCGC (as part of the larger institution) is ineligible.  We appreciate all of the parent volunteer hours that have been essential to the functioning of CCGC in the past, and we hope that you enjoyed being a part of the choir as much as we enjoyed working with you.  However, we also recognize that parents’ lives have become much busier in the past several years, and they no longer have the time to devote to the volunteer work needed for this organization.
 
The new Raleigh Youth Choirs now provide opportunities for singers such as you, and are led by a talented staff, many of whom have worked in the past with CCGC.  While we will miss our Monday evening activities with these talented young singers, we sincerely hope that you will take advantage of one of the numerous other choral activities available across the area.  We hope that you will continue to attend concerts and participate in summer camps with Meredith as they develop.
 
Best wishes – keep singing!
Dr. WO
"I truly loved being a part of such an amazing group of women under such outstanding directors during my time with CCGC. Dr. Page taught me so much - and not only music. She is definitely one of the reasons I went into the music field in the first place."
Alyssa
CCGC Student
"My daughter sang with the choir and had a great experience. She was exposed to world renowned clinicians, great musical instruction and fun travel. She learned much more than other middle school chorus kids. The choir sounds great too!"
Sabrina
CCGC Parent
"Being part of Cantabile with the Capital City Girls Choir was a true highlight of the high school years for my daughter and our family. We were fortunate to tour with the choir in Italy and meet so many other wonderful staff and families. We only wish we'd joined earlier."
Lorraine
CCGC Alum

Choirs

Our training choir is for beginning singers, typically between 9 and 12 years old.  No travel outside the Raleigh area is required for performances.

After a successful audition, the prospective chorister is invited to join CCGC and become a member of the Girls’ Chorus, the CCGC training choir. As a member of Chorus, girls are expected to master rhythm and Solfege syllables, basic music theory, and the skills of an experienced choir member.

Young choristers will spend a few years in Chorus. When the director feels she has mastered the required skills, she will be invited to audition for Chorale.

After a successful audition, the prospective chorister is invited to join CCGC and become a member of the Girls’ Chorus, the CCGC training choir. As a member of Chorus, girls are expected to master rhythm and Solfege syllables, basic music theory, and the skills of an experienced choir member.

Cantabile Singers is the advanced choir, made up of young ladies in upper middle school and high school. Membership in this choir requires a high level of musicianship, maturity, and commitment. The audition includes performance of a solo, as well as demonstration of rhythm and other musicianship skills, including sight-singing. 2000-2001 was the first year for the Cantabile Singers as a full time choir. In the past, the Cantabile Singers have performed as a small ensemble, comprised of selected members of Chorale. Participation requires more frequent performances and travel out of state or out of the country every other year.

Staff

Cameron Bolin, Artistic Director

Cameron Bolin brings 15 years of teaching and choral directing from grades K-12 in the Triangle area. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching in Music K-12 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is working on her Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University.

Bolin’s experiences in CGCC contributed to her decision to pursue a music career. She is the first artistic director who is an alumna of CCGC.

Natalie Overton, Administrative Assistant

Natalie Overton graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Certificate in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Theatre. As a student, Natalie was involved in many performances on and off campus. After graduation, she continued performing in local productions. Natalie is happy to be back in her old stomping grounds and loves being in a position where she can help support the performing arts.

Claudia Hinson, Accompanist

Claudia Hinson is an active, collaborative pianist in the Triangle area and beyond, working with vocalists, instrumentalists, and various ensembles in both classical and theatrical genres. She has performed in various musical theatre productions in the area and formerly served as part-time Staff Accompanist at Meredith College for over 20 years. As a Magna Cum Laude graduate of East Carolina University, she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Music Business, with two years concentration in Performance and Music Therapy. Further education includes Summa Cum Laude honors from The University of Georgia, where she completed her Master of Education. She has served as Private Piano Instructor at Ravenscroft School for the past 15 years and continues to do freelance accompanying in the community as much as possible. As a teacher, church musician, professional accompanist, and adjudicator, she has had the privilege of working with many professionals and students all over the state. She maintains a membership with RPTA, NCMTA, as well as MTNA, She is extremely excited to be working with Meredith College again and is looking forward to accompanying CCGC for their 35th season!

Fran McCachern Page, Founder

Fran Page is Professor Emeritus from Meredith College and founder of the Capital City Girls Choir. During her 36-year tenure, she served in many capacities, including Chair of the Department of Communication and Performing Arts, Coordinator of Music Education and Director of Choral Activities. Dr. Page is a Past-President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and Past Chair of the Arts Education Leadership Coalition (AELC). She is past President of Southern Division MENC: The National Association for Music Education and in that capacity served on its National Executive Board. In July of 2004, she was named “Tar Heel of the Week” by the Raleigh News and Observer and in the spring of 2007, she was designated by the Capital City Girls Choir as an MENC Lowell Mason Fellow.

Dr. Page has a B.A. in music education from Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina and a M.M. and Ed. D. in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds Orff Levels I, II, and III certification. Recognized for her expertise as a children’s choral specialist, she frequently conducts workshops and festivals. She also has done considerable work in the area of curriculum integration and arts curriculum planning and assessment and consults with schools in that capacity. Dr. Page has served on many teacher education program approval teams for the NC Department of Public Instruction.

In May 2018, Dr. Page was presented the Order of the Longleaf Pine. Among the most prestigious awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina, it is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina. In November 2018, Dr. Page was also awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts, the city’s highest arts honor.