Chicago Children's Choir

Chicago Children's Choir Chicago Children's Choir is a non-profit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music.

Chicago Children’s Choir (Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director) is a non-profit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. Founded in Hyde Park in direct response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, CCC has grown from one choir into a vast network of in-school and after-school programs serving 5,200 students across the

Chicago Children’s Choir (Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director) is a non-profit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. Founded in Hyde Park in direct response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, CCC has grown from one choir into a vast network of in-school and after-school programs serving 5,200 students across the

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Our CCC singers always know how to stand out. Join Angelique H. from our Beverly Neighborhood Choir and create your own ...
12/23/2021

Our CCC singers always know how to stand out.

Join Angelique H. from our Beverly Neighborhood Choir and create your own song using the interactive #RediscoverHarmony tool from @ChorusAmerica. Start your composition with Angelique’s D minor and show off your musical chops! This interactive tool is such a fun way to discover how music not only excites and entertains, but also how it brings communities together. Use https://rediscoverharmony.com/lets-harmonize/.

Thanks to all who joined us for Songs of the Season! It was a truly unforgettable 65th anniversary celebration and alumn...
12/19/2021

Thanks to all who joined us for Songs of the Season! It was a truly unforgettable 65th anniversary celebration and alumni reunion!

Throwback to the inaugural concert for our NEW Gage Park Neighborhood Choir on December 2. As 2021 comes to a close, we'...
12/16/2021

Throwback to the inaugural concert for our NEW Gage Park Neighborhood Choir on December 2. As 2021 comes to a close, we're excited to celebrate the newest addition to the CCC family and the support from William Blair that made it possible.

You've decked the halls. You've wrapped the gifts. You've set the table. Now all you need is the music to fuse it all to...
12/15/2021
'Tis the Season

You've decked the halls. You've wrapped the gifts. You've set the table. Now all you need is the music to fuse it all together. That's where CCC comes in. We know that almost nothing brings people together like good music—except maybe good food—and that's why we're thankful to our partners at Hickory Farms for making it possible for us to share our song all year long. Check out our new playlist on Spotify to fill your house with the sounds of the season—and the joyful voices of Chicago's youth. Listen now: https://spoti.fi/3IT0rGT

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12/13/2021
Hot Chocolate Perofrmance

Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa (and our “Hot Chocolate” performance) for National Hot Cocoa Day! ☕

How do you like your hot chocolate?

Our conductors do more than put on a good show. They inspire our singers to believe in themselves. We all have greatness...
12/11/2021

Our conductors do more than put on a good show. They inspire our singers to believe in themselves. We all have greatness living inside, sometimes it just takes a little nudge to realize it. 🎼

Throwback to 2008 when CCC performed in the DMZ as part of our Harmonize for Peace in Korea Project. With this visit and...
12/09/2021

Throwback to 2008 when CCC performed in the DMZ as part of our Harmonize for Peace in Korea Project. With this visit and performance, we were the first non-Korean civilian group to enter the Yeolsei Observation Platform in the Demilitarized Zone, spreading messages of peace, love and unity along the 39th parallel.

Special performances like this are at the core of our mission. We tour the world to spread our message of hope to people of every background. We want to empower people everywhere and make unparalleled global encounters accessible to our youth every day.

Time flies when you’re inspiring lives!Songs of the Season is almost here so why not take a stroll down memory lane? Thi...
12/08/2021

Time flies when you’re inspiring lives!

Songs of the Season is almost here so why not take a stroll down memory lane? This cherished tradition has evolved a lot over the years, but at its core, it’s always been about celebrating music’s unique power to bring us together. So, while the visuals might have changed, our mission hasn’t. We’re curious—which one is your favorite?

P.S. Tickets for Songs of the Season are moving fast. Get yours today at https://bit.ly/3kryiMB and join us as we embrace the spirit of the season (and music’s central role in making this a season of unity and joy).

Our Director of School Program’s position is open to candidates who want to go beyond the status quo. It means developin...
12/06/2021
Work With Us

Our Director of School Program’s position is open to candidates who want to go beyond the status quo. It means developing relationships with schools to bring high quality music education to the next generation of leaders. It means being someone who embraces cultural responsiveness and who forges indispensable bonds throughout the Chicago community. To you, music isn’t just a note, it’s a rhythm of world change.

Learn more about the role at https://www.ccchoir.org/careers.

Open Roles Director of School Programs Manager of Systems and Analytics Neighborhood Choir Program Assistant How to Apply Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to jobs [at] ccchoir [dot] org, with the job title in the subject line. About Chicago Children's Choir In a…

12/01/2021
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Even though we’re getting into the thick of winter concert season, things are heating up for us at CCC! 🔥

Our community concert series is back with a fiery performance tomorrow from our new Gage Park Neighborhood Choir, who will be joined by the world-renowned Voice of Chicago and Dimension ensembles. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We have a batch of winter concerts all around the Chicago area this month. Head over to https://bit.ly/3EqItZG for the full line-up of performances or check out the events page on our website.

"When children are brought together at a young age and they sing together, they cannot grow up to hate each other."  - C...
11/30/2021

"When children are brought together at a young age and they sing together, they cannot grow up to hate each other." - Chandra Sekhar, Red Jacket Optional 2021 Honoree

We believe everyone deserves to be heard. That everyone’s voices—raised together—make us all stronger and kinder and richer. And for 65 years, this belief has been our guiding light. Help us continue raising the voices of young leaders for another 65 years with a donation for Giving Tuesday. Visit https://bit.ly/3llPl3l to make a difference.

"When children are brought together at a young age and they sing together, they cannot grow up to hate each other." - Chandra Sekhar, Red Jacket Optional 2021 Honoree

We believe everyone deserves to be heard. That everyone’s voices—raised together—make us all stronger and kinder and richer. And for 65 years, this belief has been our guiding light. Help us continue raising the voices of young leaders for another 65 years with a donation for Giving Tuesday. Visit https://bit.ly/3llPl3l to make a difference.

“Go for it, don’t be scared of what other people say. You can do it. Keep trying. Don't care what other people think. Do...
11/23/2021

“Go for it, don’t be scared of what other people say. You can do it. Keep trying. Don't care what other people think. Do what's best for yourself.” - Sarai, singer in CCC’s School Program.

We empower youth to sing because singing is for everyone, and every person deserves to be heard. Never be afraid to raise your voice. Stand tall and proud. That’s what CCC is all about.

“Go for it, don’t be scared of what other people say. You can do it. Keep trying. Don't care what other people think. Do what's best for yourself.” - Sarai, singer in CCC’s School Program.

We empower youth to sing because singing is for everyone, and every person deserves to be heard. Never be afraid to raise your voice. Stand tall and proud. That’s what CCC is all about.

Our winter concert season is warming up with performances all over Chicago. From the inaugural concert celebration of Ga...
11/22/2021

Our winter concert season is warming up with performances all over Chicago. From the inaugural concert celebration of Gage Park’s Neighborhood Choir on December 2, to the revival of our cherished tradition, Songs of the Season, on December 18—we’ve got it all! 🎶

So no matter how you know us, our events are open to everyone and will include performances you’ll remember for years to come. Check out https://bit.ly/3FCBXPL to save the dates.

Our winter concert season is warming up with performances all over Chicago. From the inaugural concert celebration of Gage Park’s Neighborhood Choir on December 2, to the revival of our cherished tradition, Songs of the Season, on December 18—we’ve got it all! 🎶

So no matter how you know us, our events are open to everyone and will include performances you’ll remember for years to come. Check out https://bit.ly/3FCBXPL to save the dates.

In less than TWO weeks, our new Gage Park Neighborhood Choir will perform their first concert with the world-renowned Vo...
11/21/2021

In less than TWO weeks, our new Gage Park Neighborhood Choir will perform their first concert with the world-renowned Voice of Chicago and Dimension ensembles. This FREE community concert on 12/2 at 7pm is open to the public and will include firecracker performances to welcome Gage Park into the CCC family! 🎤

Visit https://bit.ly/3HEDHtS for more info about the concert or to learn more about our newest Neighborhood Choir program.

In less than TWO weeks, our new Gage Park Neighborhood Choir will perform their first concert with the world-renowned Voice of Chicago and Dimension ensembles. This FREE community concert on 12/2 at 7pm is open to the public and will include firecracker performances to welcome Gage Park into the CCC family! 🎤

Visit https://bit.ly/3HEDHtS for more info about the concert or to learn more about our newest Neighborhood Choir program.

“When I had my first solo, I couldn’t stop bragging about it. I like performing because I get to express myself through ...
11/17/2021

“When I had my first solo, I couldn’t stop bragging about it. I like performing because I get to express myself through music. I get to make people happy with my music. And it makes me feel good to make people feel good.” - Daelyn, singer in CCC’s Lincoln Park / DePaul Neighborhood Choir.

Singing isn’t just about music. It’s about feeling confident in yourself. It’s about bringing voices together to change the world. It’s about joy, and making your joy heard. Because it matters.

Marsha P. Johnson was an LGBTQ activist whose leadership in the aftermath of the Stonewall Riots made her a beacon of ho...
11/15/2021

Marsha P. Johnson was an LGBTQ activist whose leadership in the aftermath of the Stonewall Riots made her a beacon of hope for q***r people during the 1970’s and 80’s. In carving out a space for LGBTQ people openly in American society, Johnson took inspiration from Civil Rights activist John Lewis and his vision for a “beloved community.”

And that’s why we’re counting down the days until “Good Trouble,” which follows Lewis through his fight for a more equitable society where everyone is loved and accepted, highlighting the other human rights leaders who Lewis influenced along the way.

Join us at 7:30pm on November 20 at the Kehrein Center for the Arts as we discover the meaning of good trouble and the impact this powerful idea had on the world. 🌏 Visit https://bit.ly/3CQrJu4 for more info.

Marsha P. Johnson was an LGBTQ activist whose leadership in the aftermath of the Stonewall Riots made her a beacon of hope for q***r people during the 1970’s and 80’s. In carving out a space for LGBTQ people openly in American society, Johnson took inspiration from Civil Rights activist John Lewis and his vision for a “beloved community.”

And that’s why we’re counting down the days until “Good Trouble,” which follows Lewis through his fight for a more equitable society where everyone is loved and accepted, highlighting the other human rights leaders who Lewis influenced along the way.

Join us at 7:30pm on November 20 at the Kehrein Center for the Arts as we discover the meaning of good trouble and the impact this powerful idea had on the world. 🌏 Visit https://bit.ly/3CQrJu4 for more info.

What better way is there to celebrate 65 years inspiring and changing lives through music than reviving a cherished CCC ...
11/10/2021

What better way is there to celebrate 65 years inspiring and changing lives through music than reviving a cherished CCC tradition?

On 12/18, we’re bringing back Songs of the Season, a holiday concert for everyone. With a set that features a fusion of new songs, classics from the diverse CCC repertoire, and holiday favorites from around the world, this will be unlike any concert we’ve done in years.

And you won’t have to miss a beat. Tickets are on sale now! Visit: https://bit.ly/3kryiMB to get your tickets for this one-of-a-kind experience and make this year’s holiday season unforgettable.

What better way is there to celebrate 65 years inspiring and changing lives through music than reviving a cherished CCC tradition?

On 12/18, we’re bringing back Songs of the Season, a holiday concert for everyone. With a set that features a fusion of new songs, classics from the diverse CCC repertoire, and holiday favorites from around the world, this will be unlike any concert we’ve done in years.

And you won’t have to miss a beat. Tickets are on sale now! Visit: https://bit.ly/3kryiMB to get your tickets for this one-of-a-kind experience and make this year’s holiday season unforgettable.

Tomorrow we’re bringing our Austin and Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs together for an in-person concert for the first...
11/09/2021

Tomorrow we’re bringing our Austin and Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs together for an in-person concert for the first time since 2019. And we’re even kicking off our winter concert season with a double feature! Our Austin and Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs will be joined by the Segundo Ruiz Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble to bring the sounds of Chicago’s West Side to life.

Join us tomorrow at 7pm for this spectacular performance at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 pay-what-you-can. For more info about this event, visit: https://bit.ly/3D2Ozii.

See you there! 🎶

Tomorrow we’re bringing our Austin and Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs together for an in-person concert for the first time since 2019. And we’re even kicking off our winter concert season with a double feature! Our Austin and Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs will be joined by the Segundo Ruiz Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble to bring the sounds of Chicago’s West Side to life.

Join us tomorrow at 7pm for this spectacular performance at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 pay-what-you-can. For more info about this event, visit: https://bit.ly/3D2Ozii.

See you there! 🎶

Wishing everyone a bright and joyous Diwali the Hindu Festival of Lights! 🎇 As we reflect on the holiday, we’re taking t...
11/04/2021

Wishing everyone a bright and joyous Diwali the Hindu Festival of Lights! 🎇

As we reflect on the holiday, we’re taking the opportunity to encourage the youth of tomorrow to confidently embrace their heritage as an important part of bringing the world together. Through our differences, we can forge indispensable bonds.

Wishing everyone a bright and joyous Diwali the Hindu Festival of Lights! 🎇

As we reflect on the holiday, we’re taking the opportunity to encourage the youth of tomorrow to confidently embrace their heritage as an important part of bringing the world together. Through our differences, we can forge indispensable bonds.

“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble.” 📢 Ever since our first rehearsal in Hyde Park in Oct...
11/03/2021

“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble.” 📢

Ever since our first rehearsal in Hyde Park in October of 1956, we’ve been making noise and embracing the virtue of good trouble. Our organization was fundamentally shaped by the thinking of Civil Rights Movement leaders like John Lewis—their example guides us to this day.

That’s why we’re so excited to be collaborating with Kalapriya Foundation Center for Indian Performing Arts Inc on “Good Trouble”, a musical exploration of activist John Lewis’ life, his fight for a truly beloved community, and the human rights leaders who influenced him along the way.

Join us at 7:30pm on November 20 in The Kehrein Center for the Arts (visit https://bit.ly/3bBcsBB to save the date!) as we discover our individual potential to resist hate and make a better world using one of its greatest unifiers—music.

“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble.” 📢

Ever since our first rehearsal in Hyde Park in October of 1956, we’ve been making noise and embracing the virtue of good trouble. Our organization was fundamentally shaped by the thinking of Civil Rights Movement leaders like John Lewis—their example guides us to this day.

That’s why we’re so excited to be collaborating with Kalapriya Foundation Center for Indian Performing Arts Inc on “Good Trouble”, a musical exploration of activist John Lewis’ life, his fight for a truly beloved community, and the human rights leaders who influenced him along the way.

Join us at 7:30pm on November 20 in The Kehrein Center for the Arts (visit https://bit.ly/3bBcsBB to save the date!) as we discover our individual potential to resist hate and make a better world using one of its greatest unifiers—music.

Photos from Chicago Children's Choir's post
10/19/2021

Photos from Chicago Children's Choir's post

Tonight was truly one for the books. Aside from our triumphant return to the kinds of live performances that truly bring...
10/17/2021

Tonight was truly one for the books. Aside from our triumphant return to the kinds of live performances that truly bring us all together, we raised $1.75M to sustain vital music education programs for kids from every zip code of Chicago. It just goes to show that when we unite behind the universal soul of music, we can accomplish truly remarkable things.

Here's to another season of inspiring and changing lives through music. But first—we dance. 🎶 🎵 🎶

And now—the curtain calls. Special thanks to all of our sponsors and donors for their generous support of our work, and in particular the commitment of our RJO co-chairs, Monica Carney, Rahul Sekhar, Lauren Johnson Sekhar, and John & Renee Salomon.

Tonight was truly one for the books. Aside from our triumphant return to the kinds of live performances that truly bring us all together, we raised $1.75M to sustain vital music education programs for kids from every zip code of Chicago. It just goes to show that when we unite behind the universal soul of music, we can accomplish truly remarkable things.

Here's to another season of inspiring and changing lives through music. But first—we dance. 🎶 🎵 🎶

And now—the curtain calls. Special thanks to all of our sponsors and donors for their generous support of our work, and in particular the commitment of our RJO co-chairs, Monica Carney, Rahul Sekhar, Lauren Johnson Sekhar, and John & Renee Salomon.

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Chicago Children’s Choir (Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director) is a non-profit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. Founded in Hyde Park in direct response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, CCC has grown from one choir into a vast network of in-school and after-school programs serving 5,200 students across the city of Chicago.

CCC has impacted the lives of more than 50,000 diverse youth throughout its 62-year history. Since its founding, CCC has focused on building programs that reflect the racial and economic diversity of Chicago. Eighty percent of youth served are from low-to-moderate income homes, with over 4,000 students annually participating completely free of charge. All singers in CCC programs receive some level of subsidy. High school seniors enrolled in CCC have a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate, becoming global ambassadors who carry on CCC’s core values in a wide array of professional fields.

Under the leadership of President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir has achieved new heights and revolutionized the youth choral arts through innovative creative partnerships and new artistic endeavors. Recent projects include the world-premiere hip-hop musical Long Way Home, written and directed by the renowned Q Brothers Collective, which played to five sold-out houses in 2018; performance in a new staged production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS under the direction of Marin Alsop in July 2018 with two frequent creative partners: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Ravinia Festival; and collaboration on Chance the Rapper’s GRAMMY winning 2016 mixtape Coloring Book. CCC has served as a model for youth choirs across the country including Boston Children's Chorus, Denver Children’s Choir and Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

As a national and international touring ensemble, Chicago Children’s Choir has performed throughout the United States, in Cuba, South Africa, India, Argentina, Uruguay, Korea, Canada, Japan and Europe and for such dignitaries as former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chinese President Hu Jintao, former South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.

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Songs of the Season: 65th anniversary concert celebration of Chicago Children's Choir this Saturday
I can't wait to watch this again!
As we enter this season of gratitude, one thing we're grateful for is the incredible team of sponsors supporting #RediscoverHarmony. Thank you so much for your vision and belief in a campaign that lifts up the entire field, and spreads the joy, passion, and community of singing ensembles to new people. We've only just begun! Please help us in expressing our appreciation for these wonderful folks! NAMM Foundation, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Berkshire Choral International, Boston Children's Chorus, Cathedral Choral Society, Central Florida Community Arts, Chicago Children's Choir, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Jennifer Collins, Colorado Children's Chorale, Conspirare, Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, Handel and Haydn Society, HMF Beaudoin Family Foundation, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, MasterVoices, The May Festival Chorus, National Children's Chorus, National Lutheran Choir, Pacific Chorale, Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, Ragazzi Boys Chorus, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Seraphic Fire, The Washington Chorus, VocalEssence
We're so lucky to start our first day of #OurVoicesOurPower2021 with a special prerecorded performance by the Chicago Children's Choir. Our eyes are on freedom and we know we'll get there when we all marginalized people are free to live and thrive in their full dignity. Another special thanks to Chicago Children's Choir and the entire State Voices team for bringing the entire Network together for such a motivational event! For the next three days the State Voices Network is convening to celebrate our power, build our collective skills, and invest in a long-term organizing strategy that meets the needs of all of our communities.
We love a client crossover! Marc Vitali with WTTW is in the Neon and Light Museum space this morning talking to Chicago Children's Choir about the “Long Way Home” album.
Reminder if you haven’t checked out “Long Way Home” on your favorite streaming platforms, you should do that now. The Odyssey in modern-day Chicago. It slaps and features students from every neighborhood in Chicago Children's Choir. ✨ https://www.ccchoir.org/long-way-home/ @gqtheman @jeffreyqaiyum @jackiedoh99 @posluv Amazing Animation by: Rachel Headlum 🤩
Chicago Reader has the scoop on 'Long Way Home,' the new album written by Q Brothers, performed by Chicago Children's Choir, and cover art by Hebru Brantley. "A charming hip-hop-inflected concept album about a young south-side rapper named Ody who takes an el ride across the city with her friends and meets a cast of characters loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey." The music and lyrics will entertain Chicagoans of all ages! If you haven't downloaded it yet, what are you waiting for? https://chicagoreader.com/music/the-chicago-childrens-choir-drops-a-concept-album-inspired-by-the-odyssey/
What a promising 2021/22 season for Chicago Children's Choir! For 65 years, the Choir has been uniting youth from diverse backgrounds and inspiring them to become global ambassadors through music. Here are some highlights from Chicago Children’s Choir’s 65th anniversary season announcement today: 🎵 Return of in-person programs that connect youth with singers around the world beginning August 30, 2021 (registration open now) 🎵 Chicago’s most inspirational gala "Red Jacket Optional" on October 16, 2021 🎵 The signature city-wide concert "Paint the Town Red" returns in May 2022 🎵 The Choir’s latest full-length album, "Long Way Home," released TODAY
In honor of #NationalNonprofitDay, which recognizes the goals and positive impacts nonprofits have on communities and the world, we celebrate our Global Community Partners for their continued commitment to the communities where we live and work, especially through these unprecedented times. We are proud to support you and your missions! #WBCares Learn more about our Global Community Partners: http://www.w-blair.com/YLlY50FPWF1 BUILD NYC, Bundesverband Kinderhospiz, Center for Urban Families (CFUF), Chicago Children's Choir, City Harvest London, Cool Girls, Inc., Crossroads, Golden Apple, The Greenwood Project, Refugee & Immigrant Transitions, Sozialwerk Pfarrer Sieber
We only had 4 sold out performances of this show in 2018. Chicago Children's Choir and the QBC reassembled the cast over the last couple years to record the album and release it this month. More details coming soon!!!!
What do you get when you mix a reimagination of Homer’s “The Odyssey” with the array of sounds from Chicago’s iconic music scene? “Long Way Home,” the latest full length album from Chicago Children's Choir and written by the Q Brothers drops soon and looks incredible. Learn more: ccchoir.org/long-way-home Album cover artwork by the one and only Hebru Brantley.
Tonight at 7pm Eastern, Chorus America, in partnership with American Composers Forum, will present The Dale Warland Singers Commission Award to the Chicago Children's Choir and W. Mitchell Owens, III during the 2021 Chorus America Awards Celebration! Join the choral community as Chorus America recognizes outstanding contributions to the field in this special premiere event. For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/841802006432823/