In 1956, the late Rev. Christopher Moore began to put a dream into motion: a dream that young people from diverse backgrounds could better understand each other, as well as learn about themselves, by learning to make beautiful music together. It worked. And it continues to work to this day. Each year the Chicago Children's Choir brings together nearly 3,000 kids in the shared pursuit of musical excellence and personal growth. We cannot heap enough praise on this wonderful organization. It is open to every kid, ages eight to 18, who wants to sing. Chicago Children's Choir encompasses choirs in 47 Chicago elementary schools, and seven afterschool neighborhood choirs at sites throughout the city. Kids try out at the neighborhood or school levels. No kid, willing to commit to the practice schedule, is denied the opportunity to participate. Neighborhood and school choirs feed into the elite Concert Choir. Countless opportunities to perform exist at all levels. The 80-voice Concert Choir is the top-level choir of the Chicago Children's Choir. It includes three ensembles: Treble, a traditional children's choir of unchanged soprano and alto voices as well as Chamber and Men, a mixed choir of high-school-age singers. The Concert Choir has earned the reputation for the Chicago Children's Choir as a top-notch musical organization performing challenging repertoire while bringing together a diverse group of children from across the Chicago area. Members of the Concert Choir perform annually in concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Touring has become a regular feature of Concert Choir involvement as well. The Concert Choir has three special ensembles:
Madrigal Singers - This ensemble sings a diverse repertoire of a cappella music ranging from Renaissance madrigals to vocal jazz. The Madrigal Singers include some of the best musicians in the choir and usually perform without a conductor. Opera Chorus - An ensemble that performs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Show Choir - This ensemble incorporates movement and dance in its repertoire of show tunes, jazz, and pop music.