Alegría & Meraki

Singers in YCNS ensembles will receive instruction in note reading, musical vocabulary, and techniques to enhance the expressive capacity of their singing. They will also focus on vocal training to help develop breath and pitch control, proper vowel placement, and healthy singing habits. They learn diverse and challenging repertoire in a warm, joy-filled environment.

Both ensembles will rehearse on Wednesdays after school with some overlapping rehearsal time. Alegría will rehearse from 4:30pm-5:45pm and Meraki will rehearse from 5:00pm-6:30pm.


[ah-leh-GREE-ah] Spanish for "joy"

Our select ensemble for 2nd - 5th graders is for children who love to sing, can match pitch, and want to be part of a weekly choral group.

See pictures and videos on our Facebook page.


[may-RAH-kee] Modern Greek for "the soul, creativity, or love you put into doing something"

For our third season, we are expanding to create a new ensemble for 4th - 8th graders! New and returning members of YCNS can audition to be part of the exciting inaugural year of this ensemble.

Audition now to join us in the fall!

At the audition, singers will:

  • be greeted warmly in a relaxed, encouraging environment.
  • sing a song of their choice. (It can even be "Happy Birthday.") 
  • sing back musical phrases that are sung to them.
  • demonstrate what they know about reading music.  (The ability to read music is not a prerequisite for joining.)

Please write to schedule a summer audition.


  • NO CHILD IS TURNED AWAY DUE TO FINANCIAL NEED.  Generous need based scholarships and payment plans are available.
  • $565.00 tuition. Fee includes 31 rehearsals from September 2018 - May 2019.
  • Sibling discount: 20%


September 2018 - May 2019:

  • Alegría will rehearse on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:45pm.
  • Meraki will rehearse on Wednesdays from 5:00pm-6:30pm.

Rehearsal Location

303 Dodge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

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2017-2018 Season

  • Performance with the Canadian Chamber Choir:  October 14, 2017 @ Trinity United Methodist Church, Wilmette
  • Winter Recital:  January 28, 2018, 4pm @ JRC
  • Performance for the residents of Westminster Place, Evanston:  February 7, 2018
  • Sing and Share Musical Exchange with Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and The Fort Wayne Children’s Chorus, March 3, 2018
  • SingFest participation for 4th-6th graders:  April 21, 2018 in Elmhurst, IL
  • Spring Recital:  May 6, 2018, 4pm @ JRC - Free & open to the public
  • Performance at the Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room, May 9, 2018, 4:45pm - Free & open to the public
  • Performance for the residents of Orchard Village, Skokie, May 16, 2018

2016-2017 Season

  • Winter Recital:  January 29, 2017, 4pm @ JRC
  • Community Performance:  March 8, 2017, 4:45pm @ the Evanston Public Library
  • SingFest participation for 4th and 5th graders:  March 18, 2017 in Elmhurst, IL
  • Spring Recital:  May 17, 2017, 6pm @ JRC