Music is a powerful means of communication. It fashions our thinking, aids emotional growth in children and makes the world a better place to live in. Children who have music as part of their staple diet, grow up as tomorrow’s sensible and responsible citizens.
The Gleehive is a children’s choir that has been in existence for around 25 years. Started by Celeste Cordo, a former violinist and piano teacher, whose primary goal was to nurture and promote an all round musical education for children. The focus of this music program is not only to develop individual talent; The reason being that most kids develop better in a peer group, many develop an ear later, so singing with others who are naturals helps them. Not everyone turns out to be a ‘solo’ performer, and most singing events involve ‘group’ dynamics where one has to ‘blend’ with other voices or sing different harmonies. Besides there is enough time for the very talented ones to go forward, and yes, there are opportunities for the musically gifted children to develop. Under the guidance of Dawn Cordo, a professional in the music industry who has studied music education at Berklee College of music, this choral program has explored different approaches to education while maintaining its focus on - understanding musical concepts, ear training, basic vocal training and exploring different genres and forms of music, with the focus on ‘all-round’ musical development and group dynamics. In 2012 The Gleehive introduced a Recorder Ensemble as part of the program and in 2014 a clarinet class.
The Gleehive is a member of the Pueri Cantores India Federation. Click here for more details on Pueri Cantores.
There are also several performance opportunities for the students – recording sessions, live performances in singing, speech, dance and acting, through musicals hosted by The Gleehive and as guest performers for prestigious award ceremonies and shows.
The Gleehive also has a sister choir, Cadenza Kantori, which consists of college-going youth and working adults above 15 years of age. For more details, click here.