Tokyo International Children's Choir (TICC) was formed in 2012 by members of St. Paul International Lutheran Church and completed its seventh full season in May 2019. Although most of our members have some connection with the international community TICC is open to all elementary and middle school children upon audition. English is the language used for instruction but our musical works know no linguistic boundary; French and Latin join English in being commonly heard emanating from our rehearsal room. We strive for high musical standards but maintain a fun, welcoming environment in which our choristers develop their musical skills and make the commitment required for successful public performances. Our musical director, Ms. Ema Horn has worked with many choirs and has earned a very high reputation.
TICC is a non-profit organization. Our board of directors and others from the field of music, journalism and business volunteer their time but we incur direct costs in engaging a professional music director and accompanist, renting a venue and paying music licensing and copying fees. Support from corporate sponsors offsets some of these costs. The tuition fee for the season running from September through April is ¥70,000. Early payment discounts and need-based scholarships are sometimes available. Siblings receive a 50% discount on tuition. Parents of our choristers also volunteer to help with various tasks in running the group and spreading the word.
We sing a variety of music from diverse cultural traditions, which include classic choral works stemming from Christianity (e.g Bach, Handel) and secular works drawn from Broadway, pop and folk music.
Season & Rehearsals
Our season runs from September through April. We rehearse from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. on Mondays. Apart from a break over the Christmas and New Year period, rehearsals are planned for almost every Monday. This coming season we will have one major performance and a number of smaller performances. We expect a high level of attendance at rehearsals and the major performance is a mandatory event. Our rehearsals are held at the the Franciscan Chapel Center in Roppongi, Tokyo.
The next auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be held on Monday, January 13 after our rehearsal at 7 p.m. If you are interested in joining the choir or have any questions about the choir please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even if you are unable to join TICC you can support us in many ways. Of course, we would love for you to attend our concerts but please also tweet about us, connect to us on Facebook and tell your friends who may be interested in joining.
About the Director (left)
Ema Horn is a native of Slovenia. Music has been a part of her life since she was 6 years old when she started singing in a church choir. After playing piano and singing in choirs her whole life, Ema decided to pursue a music degree at the University of Ljubljana where she earned a masters in Musicology and Czech language and literature. She has sung with APZ Tone Tomšič Univerze v Ljubljani and the Tokyo Embassy Choir. Ema is currently the choral director and music teacher at the International School at Sacred Heart. She loves music, snowboarding, hiking and is passionate about teaching and leading children to become great and confident singers.
About the Accompanist
Eri Tsuchiya is an accomplished concert pianist and spinet player of solo and chamber music, and has been the accompanist for the TICC since 2013. She teaches piano, solfege, and music theory in the Tokyo area, and often writes articles of music analysis for Japanese music journals. Ms. Tsuchiya graduated from the Tokyo College of Music, pianist-course, and has earned diplomas in master classes in Italy. Ms. Tsuchiya was awarded a scholarship as a finalist in the 24th Le Muse International Piano Competition (Italy). Ms. Tsuchiya is a former official accompanist for “Corso internazionale di Avviamento Lirico” (Italy), and is currently a member of the Japan Federation of Musicians.
Location Franciscan Chapel Center in Roppongi (Rehearsals)