Tokyo International Children's Choir (TICC) was formed in 2012 and completed its sixth full season at the end of May 2018. Although most of our members have some connection with the international community TICC is open to all elementary and middle school children. 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. Megan Ofstedal has worked with many choirs and has earned his very high reputation.
About the Director
Megan Ofstedal is a native of Harmony, MN and has devoted her life to singing and helping others discover a love of singing. Most recently, Megan served as the grade 5-12 Vocal Music Director for six years at the International School of Sacred Heart in Tokyo, Japan. She also taught in the Minnesota public schools for six years prior to moving to Japan and has served as a church music director in two Minnesota congregations. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Music Education with a Choral Conducting emphasis from the University of St. Thomas. Megan has sung with the Tokyo Embassy Choir and the Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, MN. She adores musical theatre and has been the vocal director for numerous youth productions and has starred in numerous community theatre productions. Megan is an active learner, a graduate of the VoiceCare Network and is currently studying voice in Tokyo.
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 May 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 May. We rehearse from 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. on Fridays. Apart from a break over the Christmas and New Year period, rehearsals are planned for almost every Friday. 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 St. Paul International Lutheran Church in Iidabashi, Tokyo on Friday evenings.
Auditions for the 2018-2019 season will be held at the beginning of September. 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.
Location of St. Paul International Lutheran Church