Chicago Children’s Choir

Chicago Children’s Choir’s mission is to inspire and change lives through music.

Founded as a single choir in Hyde Park at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, today Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) serves 4,800 youth who represent all 57 Chicago zip codes. The CCC’s mission is to unite youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. Over the past 61 years, that simple yet powerful mission has grown exponentially, with programs in 85 city schools, 10 neighborhoods, an ensemble for boys with changing voices and the world-renowned Voice of Chicago.

Under President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir has undertaken many highly successful national and international tours, most recently to Italy, Cuba, India and South Africa, and has been featured in nationally broadcast television and radio performances, including NBC’s Today, Oprah and the PBS series From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall and was featured in the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award-winning documentary Songs on the Road to Freedom (2008).

CCC regularly collaborates with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Ravinia Festival as well as Yo-Yo Ma, Eddie Vedder and Chance the Rapper on his Grammy Award winning mixtape, Coloring Book.

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