Nashville Children’s Choir Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Honors Bridges

The Nashville Children’s Choir (NCC) recently presented its 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration at Nashville First Baptist Church. The NCC program is a key part of the Belmont University School of Music’s Belmont Academy.

The concert featured four levels of choirs singing songs from various genres and climaxed with the premiere of a work commissioned to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Madeline Bridges and her 29 years of leadership of the Nashville Children’s Choir Program. The commissioned work, “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing,” was written by local composer Vicki Wright.

Bridges, retiring NCC program director, is professor of music education in the Belmont School of Music. During her time at Belmont she has served as the School of Music’s director of graduate studies and associate dean. She also is a key leader for the Tennessee Arts Academy, a nationally recognized week-long summer professional development academy for K-12 teachers of music, theatre and visual arts. Bridges has been invited to present workshops and lead choral festivals for young singers throughout the United States.