Our 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 we serve 4,400 youth who represent all 57 Chicago zip codes. Our founder, Reverend Christopher Moore, believed in uniting youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. Over the past 60 years, that simple yet powerful mission has grown exponentially, with programs in 79 city schools, 10 neighborhoods, a choir 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, 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). We regularly collaborate with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ravinia Festival and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and we proudly serve our various communities with frequent performances throughout Chicago.
As a national and international touring ensemble, Chicago Children’s Choir has performed throughout the United States, in Cuba, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, India, Korea, Japan and Europe and for such dignitaries as Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, former Chinese President Hu Jintao, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, First Lady Michelle Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We have performed with or for such celebrities as Chance the Rapper, Andrea Bocelli, Al Green, Luciano Pavarotti, Quincy Jones, Beyoncé Knowles, Yo-Yo Ma, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion, Denyce Graves, Samuel Ramey, Kathleen Battle, Bobby McFerrin and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Chicago Children’s Choir has five studio recordings—We All Live Here (2016), Holiday Harmony (2010), Songs on the Road to Freedom (2008), Sita Ram (2006) and Open Up Your Heart (2004).