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Check here for media coverage as well as seasonal updates on events and activities as well as singer, staff, alumni and partner perspectives on our mission in action.

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IN THE NEWS
11/10/2019

Chicago Tribune: “Grammy winner credits Chicago Children’s Choir with teaching him ‘the power of raising your voice’; benefit brings in $1.5 million”

Candace Jordan of the Chicago Tribune highlights the Chicago Children’s Choir’s annual gala Red Jacket Optional, hosted on October 18, 2019, which raised $1.5 million to support financially accessible arts education programming for 5,200 youth across Chicago.

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IN THE NEWS
11/3/2019

Chicago Tribune: “Lyric Opera review: ‘Dead Man Walking’ powerfully probes guilt and redemption”

Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune reviews the November 2, 2019 Lyric Opera performance of Dead Man Walking with select Chicago Children’s Choir singers cast as the children’s chorus.

“The Chicago Children’s Choir, under the direction or Josephine Lee, brought much-needed rays of sunlight to this story.”
— Howard Reich, Critic, Chicago Tribune

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IN THE NEWS
7/29/2019

WTTW: “Ravinia Festival Pulls Out All the Stops in Celebration of Leonard Bernstein”

Theater and dance critic Hedy Weiss reviews the July 26, 2019 performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and the July 27, 2019 concert Leonard Bernstein: Man for All Music at Ravinia Festival. Weiss praised the performance of Chicago Children’s Choir singers who joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and renowned conductor Marin Alsop for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.

“Most beguiling of all was the work of the 45 members of the Chicago Children’s Choir, who sang without scores, and whose heavenly voices, expressive faces and rhythmic hand movements were a grandly redemptive, hope-inducing force in and of themselves.”
— Hedy Weiss, Critic, PBS’ WTTW

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IN THE NEWS
7/28/2019

Chicago Tribune: “CSO review: A vast exploration of Leonard Bernstein’s legacy over 2 nights”

Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune reviews the July 26, 2019 performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and the July 27, 2019 concert Leonard Bernstein: Man for All Music at Ravinia Festival. Reich praised the performance of the nearly 50 Chicago Children’s Choir singers who joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and renowned conductor Marin Alsop for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.

“It would be difficult to overstate the contributions of the Chicago Children’s Choir, the urgency of its delivery upping the dramatic intensity of the evening’s music.”
— Howard Reich, Critic, Chicago Tribune

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IN THE NEWS
7/21/2019

Chicago Tribune: “Ravinia review: Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ gets a brilliant encore, bound for TV”

Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune reviews the July 20, 2019 encore performance of Bernstein’s MASS at Ravinia Festival featuring Chicago Children’s Choir singers and alumni ensemble Vocality, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and renowned conductor Marin Alsop. This performance will air as a national broadcast in 2020.

“Last summer, the Ravinia Festival achieved an artistic high point with a vividly conceived production of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mass,’ to celebrate the composer’s centennial. But what happened Saturday night at the festival was much more than just a revival of that staging. With cameras filming the proceedings for a national broadcast next year, this “Mass” proved more sharply dramatic, intricately choreographed and ferociously performed than last time…with a muscular performance from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and plush tones from Vocality and the Chicago Children’s Choir, directed by Josephine Lee.”
— Howard Reich, Columnist, Chicago Tribune

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PRESS RELEASE
7/9/2019

Rachel LeFevre-Snee joins Chicago Children’s Choir as Chief Operating Officer

Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) today announced Rachel LeFevre-Snee as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing administrative operations for the nation’s preeminent youth choral organization. Chicago Children’s Choir serves 5,200 students across the city of Chicago through 92 school programs and 11 Neighborhood Choirs. LeFevre-Snee is a passionate proponent of the power of equitable access to high quality music education and performance experiences.

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IN THE NEWS
4/26/2019

Splash: “Perfect Harmony: Chicago Children’s Choir’s Josephine Lee is Shaping Singers, Leaders, and Dreamers”

Chicago’s Splash featured CCC President & Artistic Director Josephine Lee on the cover of the magazine’s May edition.

“As president and artistic director of Chicago Children’s Choir, she is undoubtedly one of the city’s brightest cultural stars.”
— Splash

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IN THE NEWS
4/1/2019

WFMT: “Why Composer and Chicago Children’s Choir Alum Ted Hearne Embraces Politics in His Art”

Keegan Morris and Michael San Gabino interviewed Pulitzer Prize finalist and CCC alumnus Ted Hearne on WFMT. Hearne shared what it’s been like to return to Chicago Children’s Choir to lead the singers in a concert of his original works.

“What’s been amazing in the process of rehearsing with the choir is that the kids are all so smart and they’re all so engaged. And not only are they engaged on this totally incredible musical level that I’m just shocked at, but they’ve also asked tons of great questions about why they’re singing this, what the words mean, what the role of this music is in our society, and what the role of an artist is in our society.”
— Ted Hearne, Composer

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IN THE NEWS
3/27/2019

Chicago Magazine: “Ted Hearne Uses the Baton As a Tool for Protest”

Graham Meyer profiled CCC alumnus Ted Hearne in the April edition of Chicago Magazine.

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PRESS RELEASE
3/12/2019

Chicago Children’s Choir Expands Programs to Bucktown Community

Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) today announced the Bucktown community as the location for the organization’s newest Neighborhood Choir. The new after-school program opens in September, with rehearsals taking place twice weekly at Moadon Kol Chadash, 2464 N. Clybourn Ave.

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IN THE NEWS
2/25/2019

Chicago Children’s Choir’s Annual Black History Month Concert Series

ABC, NBC and WGN stopped by Symphony Center on Monday, February 25, 2019 to see thousands of CCC In-School singers and the world-renowned Voice of Chicago come together for a dynamic educational program and performance honoring black culture.

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IN THE NEWS
12/23/2018

ABC7: “The Englewood Neighborhood Choir brings holiday cheer to ABC7”

Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) Englewood Neighborhood Choir singers brought their talents to ABC7 for a holiday performance.

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PRESS RELEASE
12/13/2018

Chicago Children’s Choir Awarded $50,000 Grant from Allstate Insurance Company

Grant Supports Voice of Chicago Ensemble to Empower Youth

Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) announced today that they are the recipient of a corporate grant from Allstate Insurance Company, guaranteeing $50,000 in direct support of CCC’s premier ensemble, Voice of Chicago. With over 100 participants, ages 12-18, the grant will make it possible for CCC to continue providing rigorous choral training and experiences that strengthen social and emotional learning skills while empowering participants to become leaders within and outside of CCC.

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IN THE NEWS
12/13/2018

Chicago Tribune: “Holiday concerts get a makeover as genres converge in Fulcrum Point’s ‘Price of Peace'”

Emmy Award-winning arts critic Howard Reich previews Fulcrum Point New Music Project’s world premiere of Price of Peace featuring Chicago Children’s Choir.

“On Dec. 19 , the Fulcrum Point New Music Project will join forces with the JuJu Exchange jazz quartet, Chicago Children’s Choir, poets from Young Chicago Authors and the Poetry Foundation, plus an array of hip-hop performers, for the world premiere of ‘Price of Peace’ at the Harris Theater… Chicago Children’s Choir – under the direction of Josephine Lee – will deliver interludes that the students created.”
— Howard Reich, Columnist, Chicago Tribune

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IN THE NEWS
10/12/2018

The New York Times: “Review: In ‘Place,’ a Composer Questions His Comfort, and Power”

New York Times classical music critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim reviews CCC Alumnus and 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Hearne’s world premiere of Place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2018 Next Wave Festival. Place includes performances by four members of the CCC family: President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee and alumni Sophia Byrd, Isaiah Robinson and Ayanna Woods.

“Josephine Lee brought a sensuous, bluesy tone to her numbers; Isaiah Robinson performed with church-burning intensity… it was impossible to ignore the presence of the real Mr. Hearne at his command post conducting the musicians, manipulating the sound and driving the pace of a social auto-da-fé of his own orchestration. His score is stylistically diverse, with a sophisticated weirdness to the color palette.”
— Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, Classical Music Critic, The New York Times

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PRESS RELEASE
9/13/2018

Chicago Children’s Choir President and Artistic Director, Josephine Lee, to Receive the Kennedy Center’s National Committee for the Performing Arts Award for Arts Advocacy

Biannual award recognizes individuals who have dramatically affected the performing arts landscape through their arts advocacy.

Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee will be presented the 2018 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Committee for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Award for Arts Advocacy at their annual meeting in Chicago. The award recognizes individuals who have dramatically affected the performing arts landscape through their arts advocacy efforts and passion for supporting the arts in schools, communities, and everyday lives. Josephine will accept the award this evening at the Chicago Yacht Club alongside a performance from CCC members.

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IN THE NEWS
9/8/2018

Chicago Tribune: “Review: ‘Stars of Lyric Opera’ a feast of song at Millennium Park”

Emmy Award-winning arts critic Howard Reich reviews Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park on Friday, September 7, a season preview performance featuring acclaimed Lyric star voices, the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus and select Chicago Children’s Choir singers cast as the children’s chorus in La bohème.

“The Lyric Opera Chorus, under Michael Black, and Chicago Children’s Choir, an indispensable institution led by Josephine Lee, brought sonic depth and brightness, respectively, to a work we’ll encounter at the Civic Opera House starting Oct. 6.”
— Howard Reich, Columnist, Chicago Tribune

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CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
8/13/2018

People on the Move: David Koo, Chicago Children’s Choir

David Koo, Senior Partner at RoundTable Healthcare Partners, has been named Chairman of the Board after serving for more than six years. His leadership comes at a critical point for the organization as it closes Raising Voices, a major capital campaign to increase programming and opportunities for the nearly 5,000 singers across Chicago enrolled in its programs.

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PRESS RELEASE
8/7/2018

Chicago Children’s Choir Elects David Koo New Chairman of Board of Directors

Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) today announced David Koo as the organization’s new Chairman of the Board. Koo previously served as Vice Chairman, and has been involved in the organization for over six years. Koo’s leadership comes at a critical point for the organization as it closes Raising Voices, a major capital campaign to increase programming and opportunities for the nearly 5,000 singers across Chicago enrolled in its program.

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IN THE NEWS
7/29/2018

Chicago Classical Review: “Alsop, Szot and colleagues make a theatrical happening out of Bernstein’s problematic ‘MASS'”

Chicago Classical Review recaps our July 28, 2018 performance of Bernstein’s MASS at Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, highlighting a noteworthy performance by Vocality, a festival chorus led by CCC President & Artistic Director Josephine Lee, and members of Chicago Children’s Choir.

“Stationed at the back of the stage, the chorus Vocality, directed by Josephine Lee, served up energized and powerful singing beyond their numbers. Likewise, the Chicago Children’s Choir, directed by Lee and Judy Hanson, provided comparably polished, bright-toned vocalism. Wyatt Parr and Myra Sahai sang sweetly as a convincingly efficient pair of altar children.”
–Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

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IN THE NEWS
7/29/2018

Chicago Tribune: “Ravinia review: Alsop conducts a Bernstein ‘Mass’ for our time”

Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune reviews our July 28, 2018 performance of Bernstein’s MASS at Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop.

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IN THE NEWS
7/29/2018

Around the Town Chicago: “Leonard Bernstein: ‘Mass’ A Ravinia Special Evening”

Around the Town Chicago reviews our July 28, 2018 performance of Bernstein’s MASS at Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop.

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IN THE NEWS
7/23/2018

Chicago Tribune: “Can Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ reach contemporary listeners?”

Emmy Award-winning arts critic Howard Reich previews the performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Ravinia Festival on Saturday, July 28, featuring renowned conductor Marin Alsop, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and 150 Chicago Children’s Choir singers and alumni.

“Both Alsop and Kauffman were determined to present a fully staged production – rather than a concert reading – featuring the massive, combined forces of the Chicago Children’s Choir, Vocality, Highland Park High School Marching Band, and, notably, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.”
— Howard Reich, Columnist, Chicago Tribune

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IN THE NEWS
7/15/2018

Chicago Tribune: “CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop’s joyous ode to Bernstein and Beethoven”

Emmy Award-winning arts critic Howard Reich praised CCC Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir singer Wyatt Parr on his solo debut in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival on July, 14, 2018:

“Boy soprano Wyatt Parr personified innocence – as Bernstein intended – in the second movement, which opens with Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd”). To hear Parr’s dulcet, high-pitched tones accompanied by the meticulously balanced voices of the choir was to perceive Bernstein’s conception of peace and serenity.”
— Howard Reich, Columnist, Chicago Tribune

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IN THE NEWS
4/28/2018

FOX 12 Oregon: “Chicago Children’s Choir travels to Oregon using music to inspire bonds between kids”

FOX 12 Oregon Anchor Pete Ferryman visited CCC’s Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir Bridging America Tour musical exchange with Portland’s Gresham High School Concert Choir and Portland State University Chamber Choir to experience firsthand the unifying power of music.

“Chicago Children’s Choir arrived at Portland State University on a musical mission, traveling 1,700 miles to gather with local students they had never met. Within moments the geographical distances and cultural differences [were] silenced, replaced with harmony on multiple levels.”
— Pete Ferryman, Anchor, Fox 12 Oregon

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IN THE NEWS
3/15/2018

Chicago Women magazine: “20 Women In Chicago On Top Of Their Game”

Chicago Women magazine highlighted 20 women in Chicago raising the bar in their fields, including CCC President & Artistic Director Josephine Lee.

“I’ve been with Chicago Children’s Choir for most of my career, starting as an In-School Conductor in 1999. The founding mission of the choir is so simple, but as relevant today as when it was founded during the height of the Civil Rights Movement: to bridge cultural divides between youth. I am most proud of the retention of this mission as we’ve grown. Today, Chicago Children’s Choir is one of Chicago’s Premiere cultural institutions—performing with world-class artists and traveling the world. But our central focus for our nearly 5,000 students now remains the same as it was when we were one choir in Hyde Park.”
— Josephine Lee, President & Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Choir

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IN THE NEWS
3/12/2018

WTTW: “From a Pop Music Odyssey to an Opera House Bernstein Tribute”

Chicago Sun-Times Theater and Dance Critic Hedy Weiss praised the world premiere of Long Way Home, CCC’s hip-hop spin on Homer’s Odyssey, written and directed by the Q Brothers Collective and produced by Josephine Lee and Chicago Children’s Choir:

“Chicago Children’s Choir can do anything and everything…In a work that is both clever and funny, these young artists are extraordinary on every count. And they are a testament to what can happen when the arts and education meet.”
— Hedy Weiss, Theater and Dance Critic, Chicago Sun-Times

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IN THE NEWS
3/6/2018

Chicago Sun-Times: “Long Way Home turns Homer’s Odyssey into homage to Chicago and its youth”

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg explores the conception of CCC’s original hip-hop musical Long Way Home and the enduring significance of Homer’s Odyssey.

“My interest was piqued when I heard the Chicago Children’s Choir has turned The Odyssey into a hip-hop adventure called Long Way Home.”
— Neil Steinberg, Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times

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