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Uniting Voices Chicago

Uniting Voices Chicago CCC has impacted the lives of more than 50,000 diverse youth throughout its 62-year history. All singers in CCC programs receive some level of subsidy.

Uniting Voices Chicago, formerly Chicago Children’s Choir, is a non-profit organization that empowers and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to find their voice and celebrate their common humanity 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

Uniting Voices Chicago, formerly Chicago Children’s Choir, is a non-profit organization that empowers and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to find their voice and celebrate their common humanity 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

Operating as usual

12/09/2022
I'll Be Home For Christmas 🎄

Get in the holiday mood with this performance by Voice of Chicago of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" from last year's Songs of the Season!

Happy ! Volunteering for concerts and other events is the perfect way to become more involved with Uniting Voices and en...
12/06/2022

Happy !

Volunteering for concerts and other events is the perfect way to become more involved with Uniting Voices and enrich your singer’s experience as well as your own! You can meet fellow parents, families and other folks involved with the programs while giving us much-needed help.

New name, new looks 😎✨Be the first to rock our new merch and stay warm this winter with new Uniting Voices hats and hood...
12/01/2022

New name, new looks 😎✨
Be the first to rock our new merch and stay warm this winter with new Uniting Voices hats and hoodies. They’re the perfect present for a loved one—or yourself 😉
🛍 Shop: https://unitingvoicesmerch.org/

Harmonize with us on ! 🎶💝The support of our monthly donors is crucial to offering our life-changing music education prog...
11/29/2022

Harmonize with us on ! 🎶💝
The support of our monthly donors is crucial to offering our life-changing music education programs to thousands of youth from every zip code in Chicago. Commit to being a monthly donor and you’ll receive a special Uniting Voices mug! Donate: https://bit.ly/UnitingVoicesGivingTuesday

“It was incredibly moving and emotional for me to get to sing with the young singers. I forgot how powerful it can be to...
11/20/2022

“It was incredibly moving and emotional for me to get to sing with the young singers. I forgot how powerful it can be to be one voice in a sea of many.” - Sima Cunningham ❤️

We’re grateful for all the alumni who return to collaborate and perform with current singers. Learn more about Sima and other alumni: https://www.unitingvoiceschicago.org/about-us/alumni

11/18/2022
Red Jacket Optional

Can you believe we raised more than $2 million in record-breaking funds at Red Jacket Optional this year? Relive the magical night that will help us continue to strengthening the voices of our next generation of global leaders.

“It’s my first time ever singing in Polish. It was very hard for me to learn it and we got a lot of coaching on pronunci...
11/17/2022

“It’s my first time ever singing in Polish. It was very hard for me to learn it and we got a lot of coaching on pronunciation and it was very difficult, but a great experience. I’ve sang in probably over 30 languages now.” - Hana Javed, Voice of Chicago singer

King Roger premieres tomorrow! Our students are excited to perform alongside a chorus of over 100 singers as part of this collaboration with Chicago Opera Theater.

11/16/2022
Nick Page on Purpose

"When we make music, it must be a firsthand experience." 🎶

Here's some for you from former conductor Nick Page!

Hear that? ❄️It's the sound of our singers in YOUR neighborhood! Catch the magic of Uniting Voices all across Chicago th...
11/11/2022

Hear that? ❄️

It's the sound of our singers in YOUR neighborhood! Catch the magic of Uniting Voices all across Chicago this winter with a Community Concert. It'll be an unforgettable night featuring a mix of musical genres, exciting choreography and songs from all around the world! See all the dates here: https://www.unitingvoiceschicago.org/community-concerts

Like Donna Summer once sang, we were ~on the radio~! 📻Check out our appearance on the Steve Cochran Show on WLS-AM 890, ...
11/09/2022
Uniting Voices Chicago kicks off the holiday season on the Steve Cochran Show!

Like Donna Summer once sang, we were ~on the radio~! 📻

Check out our appearance on the Steve Cochran Show on WLS-AM 890, performing "Shosholoza" and our new single "United!" 🎶

Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children's Choir) joins the Steve Cochran Show to kick off the holiday season! They perform their latest original single, "United," and "Shosholoza," a powerful South African unifying anthem for the national and anti-apartheid movement. https://omny.fm/s

11/03/2022
Uniting Voices Launch Event

One month as Uniting Voices down ✅
Many, many more months to come 🙌

Since our big announcement, we launched our season at Navy Pier, raised more than $2 million to support our programs at Red Jacket Optional and now winter season Community Concerts are about to start! Come see the magic in-person and create a more harmonious world with us 🌎🎶

📅 SAVE THE DATE 📅Community Concerts are BACK for the winter season! ❄️Watch the magic all across Chicago with performanc...
11/01/2022

📅 SAVE THE DATE 📅
Community Concerts are BACK for the winter season! ❄️

Watch the magic all across Chicago with performances by singers from all of our Neighborhood Choirs. 🎶
📍 Locations + more: https://www.unitingvoiceschicago.org/community-concerts

10/27/2022
Red Jacket Optional 2022 Honorees: David and Lesly Koo

We could not have raised a record-breaking $2 million in funds to support our programs at Red Jacket Optional without David and Lesly Koo. We honored their dedication to our city’s youth at RJO 2022. Their absolute commitment to our success is apparent in David’s drive as a decade-long leader of Uniting Voices Chicago’s Board of Directors and in Lesly’s unyielding, welcoming spirit.

With your support, we broke records at Red Jacket Optional and raised more than ✨$2 million✨! Here’s how that generosity...
10/26/2022

With your support, we broke records at Red Jacket Optional and raised more than ✨$2 million✨! Here’s how that generosity will change the lives of youth from every zip code of Chicago. 🎶

Photos from Uniting Voices Chicago's post
10/24/2022

Photos from Uniting Voices Chicago's post

Photos from Uniting Voices Chicago's post
10/24/2022

Photos from Uniting Voices Chicago's post

Red Jacket Optional was a truly special experience. We ascended to a higher frequency, all while raising more than $2 mi...
10/23/2022

Red Jacket Optional was a truly special experience. We ascended to a higher frequency, all while raising more than $2 million to sustain life-changing music programs that reach every corner and zip code of Chicago.

It just goes to show that when we unite our voices and commit ourselves to empowering the next generation, we can achieve amazing things together.
Thanks to all of our sponsors, partners and donors for their generous support of our work; to our incredible guest artists and alumni for performing with us; to our singers for sharing their voices with us; and to all the staff that made it happen.

It’s the most inspirational time of the year: Red Jacket Optional is tomorrow!Every year, RJO welcomes star guest artist...
10/21/2022

It’s the most inspirational time of the year: Red Jacket Optional is tomorrow!

Every year, RJO welcomes star guest artists to perform and make Chicago’s most inspirational gala a truly special night. This year, it’s a bit of a homecoming—all of our guest artists are also alumni of our programs! We're honored to welcome back Jamila Woods, Vasil Garvanliev, Sophia Byrd, Sima Cunningham and Alexa Moster.

10/18/2022
Nick Page Testimonial

Thanks to Nick Page, who was one of the first conductors at Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children's Choir) for his kind words on our evolution.

“The human voice is the most beautiful instrument and choral singing is a wonderful way to unite a community and give vo...
10/14/2022

“The human voice is the most beautiful instrument and choral singing is a wonderful way to unite a community and give voice to people of all ages and race. Josephine Lee is passionate about working with voices and, through Uniting Voices of Chicago, is providing a great contribution to improve the cultural level of the children in this country.” - Maestro Riccardo Muti, Music Director, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Looking back on our performance in 2017 of "Italian Opera Masterworks," conducted by Maestro Muti, and looking forward to our future collaborations with CSO like "Carmina Burana" this March!

10/13/2022
American Tune, at Red Jacket Option 2022

Happy birthday Paul Simon! 🎂

To celebrate, here's Kurt Elling and our Voice of Chicago choral ensemble covering his classic "American Tune" at last year's Red Jacket Optional. RJO is Chicago's most inspirational gala, and this year's edition is next week! We can't wait to celebrate the incredible impact our programs have on thousands of youth across Chicago each year, like a 100% high school graduation rate. With your support, we can continue investing in the next generation and empowering them to succeed by helping 70% of our singers participate for free.

10/11/2022
La Gozadera, Live at Red Jacket Optional 2016

When Uniting Voices Chicago traveled to Cuba in 2016 as part of a landmark tour, our singers covered Gente de Zona's "La Gozadera" to show the respect and appreciation the choir has for all genres of music, including Latin music. 🇨🇺

Happy Spirit Week! We're celebrating the start of a new school year and our big news at our in-school programs across Ch...
10/06/2022

Happy Spirit Week! We're celebrating the start of a new school year and our big news at our in-school programs across Chicago!

"We are attached to our CCC history, but the organization now needs to grow beyond the limits of its former name." - Jon...
10/03/2022

"We are attached to our CCC history, but the organization now needs to grow beyond the limits of its former name." - Jonathan Weismoore, alum and son of our founder, Rev. Christopher Moore on our NEW NAME!

ICYMI over the weekend, we had some big news to share! Chicago Children's Choir is now Uniting Voices Chicago. Our mission is still the same: to inspire and change lives through music. But we’ve grown from a single choir in Hyde Park into an internationally recognized organization and toured on five continents. We've taught more than 50,000 young people our core values of education, excellence and expression. We’ve evolved since our founding 65 years ago, and our legacy deserves a name that honors our mission and looks toward the future. Learn more: https://www.unitingvoiceschicago.org/about-us

10/01/2022
We are Uniting Voices Chicago

BIG NEWS ✨

Chicago Children’s Choir is now Uniting Voices Chicago.

We were founded at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement with a simple mission: unite young people from every background through music and they’ll discover their common humanity.

Over the past 65 years, a single choir in Hyde Park has evolved into an internationally recognized organization that has empowered more than 50,000 young people to find their voice and become the leaders of tomorrow.

And now we’ve got a name to match our legacy and our story. Chicago Children’s Choir is now Uniting Voices Chicago.

Celebrate with us at unitingvoiceschicago.org.

09/28/2022

🗣 Afternoon music break!

Let's throw it wayyy back to 2009 to our performance of Son de Camaguey at . 🇨🇺
We're sharing this Cuban folk song as part of our ongoing celebration of .

New season, new us! 🍂Here's what we've got coming up this fall: · Uniting Voices: a Season Kickoff at Navy Pier 🎉· Red J...
09/22/2022

New season, new us! 🍂
Here's what we've got coming up this fall:
· Uniting Voices: a Season Kickoff at Navy Pier 🎉
· Red Jacket Optional, Chicago's most inspirational gala 💃
· Winter concerts in all of our 12 Neighborhood Choir communities 🎤

Which ones are you most excited for? Find out more on our website: https://www.ccchoir.org/upcoming-events

09/19/2022
Candela

Hear members of Voice of Chicago sing Candela alongside guest artist Bomba con Buya. Candela is a traditional Creole song from the Dominican Republic.

As part of our ongoing celebration of , we're sharing songs from past Canto Latinos, our pillar event celebrating Chicago's rich Latino history.

09/16/2022
Amor Prohibido | Canto Latino 2021

Happy Mexican Independence Day! 🇲🇽

Check out our cover of Amor Prohibido, by Mexican-American icon Selena Quintanilla. The video features guest artist Son Monarcas , a Latin Folk Fusion ensemble based in Chicago. As part of our ongoing celebration of , we're sharing songs from past Canto Latinos, our pillar event celebrating Chicago's rich Latino history.

It's the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month! National  celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of the Lat...
09/15/2022

It's the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month!

National celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of the Latino community in the U.S. Throughout the month, we'll be sharing photos and videos from past Canto Latinos, one of our pillar events that celebrates Chicago's rich Latino history.

You: ✅ go beyond the status quo ✅ empower the next generation of global leaders ✅ believe in the power of music to inspi...
09/12/2022
Work With Us

You:

✅ go beyond the status quo
✅ empower the next generation of global leaders
✅ believe in the power of music to inspire and change lives

We're looking for changemakers to join the CCC team. Learn more about our open roles today.

Open Roles Associate Director of Institutional Partnerships (FT) School Program Conductor (FT) Program Assistant (PT) 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. Manage institutional relationships…

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 2pm

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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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On Backstage Chicago, Lisa Fielding speaks with Uniting Voices Chicago and learns more about how the iconic Chicago-based children's choir continues their efforts to instill the arts into the youth of today.
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What a beautiful performance last night! Congrats Uniting Voices Chicago!
Check out the latest Lloyd A. Fry Foundation newsletter! This issue features a spotlight on how our Education grantees are addressing setbacks in academic progress for Chicago’s most vulnerable students and focusing on recovery.

We’ve also included some updates from our grantee partners: Uniting Voices Chicago, Saga Education, Cara Chicago, Howard Brown Health, and TapestryHealth.

To get the quarterly newsletter from the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, subscribe at https://lnkd.in/gVrKbnBe.
Annnnnd NOW!! (Sorry we had to do it.)Our string orchestra teamed up with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras & Uniting Voices Chicago for a special performance for THE WORLD CHAMPION CHICAGO BULLS that will play in all home games in February.

's MIchael Manson arranged a special
composition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" that's sure to inspire! Here are some photos from our recording, if you would like to see us keep an eye out!

So here are some photos from our recording, if you would like to see us keep an eye out!
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Lights Of Love is just one month away. This annual celebration is a moment for us to gather and celebrate the beautiful community that makes up Tree House. This year, we're conjuring good cheer with plenty of festivities:⁠

📚 Readings from acclaimed children's book author, Lori Orlinsky, Author
🎤 Carols from Uniting Voices Chicago
🎁 Shopping, featuring:⁠
🦴 dog treats from Cosmicos Pet Bakery
💍 jewelry from Oh Wow Neat
🎨 pet portraits from Marcy Anderson
and other local creators!⁠

Join us on Saturday, December 10th from 3:30 pm-6 pm for Lights Of Love. Tickets are a $10 suggested donation, and you can RSVP at http://bit.ly/THLOL22
Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children's Choir) joins the Steve Cochran Show to kick off the holiday season! They perform their latest original single, "United," and "Shosholoza," a powerful South African unifying anthem for the national and anti-apartheid movement.
Over the past 65 years, Chicago Children’s Choir has used music education as a tool to unify, inspire, and transform more than 50,000 youth from every zip code in Chicago—and it’s just getting started. ✨

The choir is now Uniting Voices Chicago, a name that embodies the organization’s longtime mission and impact.

Bennett Day School is proud to host choir practice on our campus and support the organization’s commitment to expression, education, and excellence. Check out this new anthem from and learn more about the new brand: https://bit.ly/3sgI4EV 💙

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Feeling extra blessed to be working for Uniting Voices Chicago ❤️🖤 As my life has been so positively impacted by previous educators, it is a blessing to be able to carry it forward. We are United!
Proud partner alert! 🚨 Chicago Children's Choir is now officially Uniting Voices Chicago! Their work is so transformative, not only for kids here in the North Park and Albany Park neighborhoods, but all around Chicago--and beyond! Go check out their new website and discover how much they inspire and change lives through music!
Chicago Children's Choir joins the Polaris Charter Academy community this year! On Wednesday conductor Alex Bravos auditioned 3rd-5th grade students who were interested in joining. To audition students sang part of the chorus from "Fly" by Nicki Minaj - ft Rihanna.
Last week, the Lexington Black Prosperity Initiative, a community-advised committee of BGCF, announced the recipients of the Better Together Grants. Thanks to pooled funding from LBPI, Walton Family Foundation and BGCF, grants totaling $150,000 will support 10 organizations with innovative projects working to advance racial equity in Lexington!

Ed Brown Society
Chicago Children's Choir / Uniting Voices: Lexington Children's Choir
The Fayette Education Foundation
Turner-UK Construction Diversity Accelerator Program
American Spiritual Ensemble
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
CivicLex
Lexington Public Library Foundation
The Living Arts & Science Center
Marafiki Center

Read more about these amazing organizations and their innovative programs: https://www.bgcf.org/bettertogethergrants/
Black Lives Matter! Stop the Homicides with the Englewood Battle of the Stars Talent Show! Auditions for Englewood Battle of the Stars Talent Show fundraiser have begun. Register Now: [email protected] 773-317-9549
Tickets are on sale now!!! Chicago, Aug 27th Meet us there. Text Unity to 872-282-6300 for tickets. Scan the QR code on flyer for 30% tickets until Sunday!!
Thrilled to share that I've been elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and excited to be working alongside the talented Board along with our Executive Director Andrew Bradford and Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz. I sang in the Chicago Children's Choir so I'm excited to be able to give back so more children have the experience of singing with a world-class choir.
Choral music lovers - join us tomorrow (THUS) 6:30 PM - Grant Park Chorus' 60th Anniversary Spectacular - Millennium Park. Apollo Chorus of Chicago Bella Voce The William Ferris Chorale DePaul Community Chorus Wicker Park Choral Singers Chicago Children's Choir Soul Children of Chicago Chicago Chorale Chorus America
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