Thank you for your interest and support of CAL. A collaborative effort between teacher volunteers, retired choral educators and community members, CAL provides music education and professional development resources to current choral educators in public and private schools in order to enhance their skills and continue their education outside the classroom.
Our signature program, MET Singers, is heralded as a jewel in middle Tennessee. The choir consists of youth, grades 2-12, from public, private, charter and home school settings who together showcase the wealth of talent and opportunity that choral education can offer children.
Other programs include MET Choral Camp, a summer singing retreat where students learn choral expressions, sight reading, vocal mentoring and Orff instrumentation. MET Academy, the educational arm that offers innovative choral and integrated arts learning initiatives. It includes projects such as WritingWorks! which produces new commissioned choral works or arrangements for MET Singers to premier. Another project is Choral Basics, a 10 week series of after school OR during school choral training for singers to support chorus development in middle Tennessee schools. Each series includes a professional development component for music educators. Additional initiatives support choral development in every school for every child in middle Tennessee.
Under the direction of founder Margaret Campbelle-Holman and a volunteer-based faculty, the MET Singers are most notably known for involvement in the Celebration Youth Chorus at the Nashville Symphony’s eighteenth annual Let Freedom Sing concert – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute held each January.
2014-2015 Season Highlights
MET Singers Perform at the opening ceremony of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Professional Development National Conference with a performance titled “We Are…A Montage to Music City.”
Choral Arts Link Singers meet with Nashville Opera’s cast of Puccini’s La Boheme: Our singers had the opportunity to meet lead tenor and world renowned opera singer Noah Stewart during the dress rehearsal of the Nashville Opera’s cast of La Boheme. CAL singers took a tour behind the scenes with the opera’s director and conductor.
MET singers welcomed and performed for hundreds of participants at the 2014 Harmony University earlier this summer hosted by Barbershop Harmony Society where executive director Margaret Campbelle-Holman was selected as the first music educator keynote speaker.
At this years summer singing retreat, participants showed off their skills in musicianship, songwriting, instrumentation and barbershop style singing during the two week MET Choral CAMP. Special guests included Nashville Symphony’s conductor and choral director Kelly Corcoran and Blair Bodine, music professor-in-residence Dr. Kaya from Turkey and Barbershop Harmony Society’s Wayne Grimmer along with special guests from the National Museum of African American Music’s “From Nothing to Something” program.