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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
2/24/2021

Chicago Sun-Times: “Chicago Children’s Choir livestream and other things to do Feb. 25-March 3

Chicago Sun-Times highlights events happening online and in the community including Black History Month Virtual Concert: Preserving and Persevering, our concert February 25 at 7PM CT featuring CCC singers and GRAMMY Award-winning guest artists Lisa Fischer, Ranky Tanky, Peter CottonTale, Chance The Rapper and Cynthia Erivo.

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IN THE NEWS
2/24/2021

Fox 32 Chicago: “Chicago Children’s Choir putting on Black History Month concert ‘Preserving and Persevering’

Director of African Diasporic Music and Studies Lonnie Norwood Jr., and Voice of Chicago singer Coda preview Black History Month Virtual Concert: Preserving and Persevering performances that celebrate and recognize Black History Month on February 25 at 7PM CT.

It is through the music we continue to unearth all of the truths about who we are supposed to be as a people and how we are supposed to use music to really persevere in the face of oppression and injustice.”
— Lonnie Norwood Jr., CCC Director of African Diasporic Music and Studies

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IN THE NEWS
2/22/2021

WTTW: “Chicago Children’s Choir Celebrates Black History Month With Virtual Concert

Director of African Diasporic Music and Studies Lonnie Norwood Jr., and Voice of Chicago singer Coda join WTTW on Chicago Tonight to talk about Black History Month Virtual Concert: Preserving and Persevering on February 25 at 7PM CT. 

One of the most incomparable, underappreciated contributions to American music is the African sound and spirit.”
— Lonnie Norwood Jr., CCC Director of African Diasporic Music and Studies

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IN THE NEWS
2/22/2021

WGN-TV: “Around ‘The House’ checks in with Chicago Children’s Choir and the Field Museum

Director of African Diasporic Music and Studies Lonnie Norwood Jr., shares with WGN-TV how Chicago Children’s Choir’s work is rooted in Black history and all of the details of Black History Month Virtual Concert: Preserving and Persevering on February 25 at 7PM CT. 

Reverend Christopher Moore used the most effective megaphone that we have in sounding the voices of children of all backgrounds to sing and affirm each other’s culture at a time when examples of  togetherness and brotherhood were hard to come by in Chicago and America at large.”
— Lonnie Norwood Jr., CCC Director of African Diasporic Music and Studies

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IN THE NEWS
2/18/2021

Chicago Crusader: “Chicago Children’s Choir presents Black History Month concert

Chicago Crusader announces Black History Month Virtual Concert: Preserving and Persevering selections including a preview of music from Rainbow Beach, a full-length CCC commission about the historic wade-in protests that helped desegregate Chicago’s beaches in the 1960s.

“In this concert, we’re showcasing the power of Black musical traditions in America that have aided us in persevering in the face of racial injustice. We’re also teaching our young singers about these rich musical forms in the weeks leading up to the concert, from gospel to jazz to Gullah ring shout.”
— Lonnie Norwood Jr., CCC Director of African Diasporic Music and Studies

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IN THE NEWS
2/18/2021

ABC 7 Chicago: “Chicago Children’s Choir prepares for Black History Month concert

As we prepare for Black History Month Virtual Concert: Preserving and Persevering on February 25, CCC Director of African Diasporic Music and Studies Lonnie Norwood and VOC member Diondre share exciting details of the event with ABC 7 Chicago!

“Seeing all the younger kids just singing and being themselves and expressing through the medium of Black history and Black music. It really impressed me and made me more hopeful for the youth of the future.”
— Diondre, Member of Voice of Chicago

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IN THE NEWS
2/10/2021

Smithsonian Magazine: “Celebrate Black History Month With These Free Virtual Events

Black History Month Virtual Concert: Preserving and Persevering explores how the power of Black music has been the cultural key in both preserving African traditions in America and in helping millions persevere in the face of racial injustice. The concert will be livestreamed on our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel on February 25 at 7PM CT.

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IN THE NEWS
2/2/2021

CNN: “Five ways you can celebrate Black History Month virtually

CNN encourages the community to celebrate Black History Month from home by highlighting five ways you can celebrate virtually, including Chicago Children’s Choir’s annual Black History Month concert. This year’s event theme of “Preserving and Persevering” will come to life in pre-filmed performances from CCC singers and GRAMMY Award-winning guest artists Lisa Fischer and Ranky Tanky on February 25 at 6:45PM CT.

“CCC is not about making professional musicians. It’s really about creating global ambassadors and learning how to become an ambassador for your community and standing up for good—It is a unifying force.”
— Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir President & Artistic Director

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IN THE NEWS
1/21/2021

WBEZ: “Chicago Children’s Choir Brings Recommendations For Things To Read, Watch And Do

Chicago Children’s Choir President & Artistic Director Josephine Lee and Voice of Chicago member Diondre join WBEZ to reflect on the live performance of Peter CottonTale’s “Together” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

“I feel like more now than ever the country needs unity, understanding, acceptance and love.”
— Diondre, Member of Voice of Chicago

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IN THE NEWS
1/19/2021

Block Club Chicago: “Chance The Rapper Enlists Chicago Children’s Choir For Inauguration Night Performance On ‘The Late Show’

Members of Chicago Children’s Choir will join Chance The Rapper, Peter CottonTale and other Chicago artists for a performance airing live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS Wednesday, January 20 at 10:35PM CT.

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IN THE NEWS
1/17/2021

WGN Radio: “Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning

Chicago Children’s Choir President & Artistic Director Josephine Lee joins Dean on Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning to preview an exciting upcoming performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that will feature members of CCC.

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IN THE NEWS
1/17/2021

WTTW: “Chicago Poet Leslé Honoré Talks ‘Brown Girl, Brown Girl’

Chicago Poet Leslé Honoré and members of Chicago Children’s Choir share a special poetic performance with WTTW.

“I’ve been very lucky, been very blessed that so many people have identified with what I write. … And so to have so many people connect with it and share it, for someone to take the time to read a poem on Facebook, it always blows me away but this was so different.”
— Leslé Honoré, Chicago Poet

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IN THE NEWS
1/13/2021

Deadline: “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ To Air Live Show On Inauguration Day

On Inauguration Day, members of Chicago Children’s Choir will perform along with Peter CottonTale, Chance The Rapper, Cynthia Erivo, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Kofi Lost on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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IN THE NEWS
1/8/2021

NBC Chicago: “Chicago Children’s Choir Sings ‘Auld Lang Syne’ on New Year’s Eve

Members of Chicago Children’s Choir rang in the New Year with an uplifting performance of “Auld Lang Syne” on NBC 5’s New Year’s Eve celebration show.

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IN THE NEWS
12/17/2020

WGN-TV: “Details on Chicago Children’s Choir Fireplace Special

Chicago Children’s Choir President & Artistic Director Josephine Lee shares the details of CCC Fireplace Special with WGN-TV, our free virtual concert on December 17 at 7PM CST featuring CCC singers and guest alumni artists Sima Cunningham, Jamila Woods and Laura Strickling.

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IN THE NEWS
12/16/2020

Fox 32 Chicago: “Chicago Children’s Choir works with Google on viral video

Fox 32 Chicago connects with Voice of Chicago member Austin and Chicago Children’s Choir President & Artistic Director Josephine Lee to talk about the Choir’s viral collaboration with Grammy™ Award Winning Music Director & Producer Peter CottonTale.

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IN THE NEWS
12/15/2020

Complex: “Peter CottonTale Connects With Chance the Rapper on “Together” for Google’s 2020 Year in Search Campaign”

For its 2020 Year in Search campaign, Google enlisted Peter CottonTale to create the first original song for its annual look back. The final product? A record appropriately titled “Together,” featuring Chance the Rapper, Cynthia Erivo, Chicago Children’s Choir and the Matt Jones Re-Collective Orchestra.

“The cast of people involved in creating the music and the film were if not leaders themselves, they were surrounded by leaders who in their own way are pushing for change in the community, showing what’s best about who we all are and giving everyone hope, a bit of celebration too, that by working together, growing together, we will get through this period.”
— Peter CottonTale, Grammy™ Award Winning Music Director & Producer

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IN THE NEWS
12/9/2020

Chicago Tribune: “Google’s 2020 Year in Search film features Chance the Rapper, Chicago Children’s Choir, Peter CottonTale collaboration”

Darcel Rockett of the Chicago Tribune highlights Chicago Children’s Choir’s collaboration with Chicago artist Peter CottonTale featured in Google’s 20th annual Year in Search film.

“How great is it that we get to partner with a global brand and be able to reinforce our messages together — that we’re all in it together? This pandemic has taught us that we really do need to uplift each other.”
— Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir President & Artistic Director

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IN THE NEWS
12/2/2020

Chicago Crusader: “Chicago Children’s Choir invites young singers to interactive virtual open houses for neighborhood choirs – December 7 and 8, 2020”

As students learning from home seek new opportunities for growth, connection and expression, Chicago Crusader announces Chicago Children’s Choir’s (CCC) upcoming virtual open houses happening on December 7 and December 8 from 4-5PM CST. Students in grade 3 and up are invited to attend a virtual open house hosted by one of our 11 Neighborhood Choirs to experience firsthand CCC’s unparalleled virtual programs. During the open houses, participants will join their peers online to learn a song together, play games and connect with current CCC singers who will share their Neighborhood Choir experiences.

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IN THE NEWS
11/27/2020

Chicago Sun-Times: “2020 Holiday Entertainment Guide: Celebrate the season with Chicago-area theater, dance, musicmakers and more”

Chicago Sun-Times highlights holiday events in the community including CCC Fireplace Special, our free virtual concert on December 17 at 7PM CST featuring Voice of Chicago, Dimension and Neighborhood Choir singers.

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IN THE NEWS
11/23/2020

Block Club Chicago: “Chicago Children’s Choir Hosting Virtual Open House In Albany Park”

Block Club Chicago previews what singers can expect from Chicago Children’s Choir’s upcoming virtual open houses happening on Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8 from 4-5PM CST. Students in grade 3 and up are invited to attend a virtual open house hosted by one of our 11 Neighborhood Choirs to experience firsthand CCC’s unparalleled virtual programs that allow students to connect, experience essential camaraderie and elevate music performances beyond the traditional stage.

What we have found with virtual programming is that it allows us to provide more individual attention, strengthen singers’ skills and provide connections between young people despite geography… and with the wide variety of music we offer, students can explore personal areas of interest while collaborating with peers from across the city.
— Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir President & Artistic Director

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IN THE NEWS
10/05/2020

Fox 32 Chicago: “11-year-old Chicagoan pens inspiring song to uplift spirits

Jamion Cotten of CCC’s Austin Neighborhood Choir talks about his song “Just A Dream” and the positivity he’s trying to spread around the city during COVID-19.

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IN THE NEWS
09/30/2020

Journal of Gospel Music: Chicagoan Lonnie Norwood Jr. Teaches “The Gospel Essentials” to Youth Nationwide

Journal of Gospel Music gets an insiders look at CCC’s Arts Enrichment Session “The Gospel Essentials,” one of the fourteen online courses in music topics that any student age 8-18 can participate in nationwide. The course taught by CCC conductor Lonnie Norwood Jr. examines the culture of gospel music as well as the soul-stirring songs of Black composers and the voices that elevated them.

I want kids to learn that gospel is not just another type of music, it is a cultural language. If you are going to sing gospel music and share it with an audience, you need to understand the plight of the people from whence this music comes, as well as where it comes from. You have to understand the foundation of gospel, the language of gospel.
— Lonnie Norwood Jr., Conductor, Englewood Neighborhood Choir & In-School Choirs

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IN THE NEWS
09/25/2020

Block Club Chicago: “11-Year-Old Austin Singer Turns Composer To Create Song For Chicago Children’s Choir

Block Club Chicago previews an original composition of Austin Neighborhood Choir singer Jamion Cotten who will perform “Just A Dream” at our free virtual gala Reverberation on September 26, 2020 at 8:00pm CT featuring new performances, stories from our singers and an exclusive screening of Oscar and GRAMMY Award-winning artist Common’s video featuring Voice of Chicago, “God Is Love!”

I made this music … to let the people know that even though you may be dreaming of bad things, to think about the good dreams. All the dreams of what you want to become. Because every dream matters.
— Jamion Cotten, Austin Neighborhood Choir

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IN THE NEWS
09/17/2020

FOX 32 Chicago: “Chicago Children’s Choir offers programming nationwide during COVID-19

Josephine Lee, president and artistic director of Chicago Children’s Choir, talks about CCC’s diverse online programming in wake of COVID-19.

For over 64 years we have been bringing children together in a very intentional way through the power of music. Now that we don’t have any geographic barriers, what an incredible time to offer our programs nationwide.
— Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir President & Artistic Director

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IN THE NEWS
06/18/2020

FOX 32 Chicago: “Chicago Children’s Choir to hold virtual Juneteenth concert

Before the broadcast that reached over 15,000 viewers, Brittany Payton of FOX 32 Chicago discusses the mission of A New Freedom: Black Voices Honoring Juneteenth in a Time of Struggle with CCC alumnus Michael Preacely.

“One of the main things that we want people to get out of this experience is the fact that we have Black alumni who are really changing the world with their voices… I want people to get that message out: Listen to this voice and look for the change.”
— Michael Preacely, Chicago Children’s Choir Alumnus

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IN THE NEWS
06/18/2020

WBEZ: “Chicago Children’s Choir Celebrates Juneteenth Virtually

WBEZ’s Justin Kaufmann discovers how music performed in Chicago Children’s Choir’s new concert A New Freedom is making a Juneteenth movement in a conversation between CCC President & Artistic Director Josephine Lee, CCC conductor Lonnie Norwood and CCC alumna Chloé Johnson.

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IN THE NEWS
06/15/2020

Chicago Crusader: “Chicago Children’s Choir honors Juneteenth with virtual concert

Leslie of the Chicago Crusader shares a pre-event feature of Chicago Children’s Choir’s new Juneteenth concert, A New Freedom: Black Voices Honoring Juneteenth in a Time of Struggle. The evening will include a virtual concert of music and spoken word featuring Black CCC alumni. The concert will be live-streamed on our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel on Friday, June 19 from 6-7pm CDT.

“We are thrilled to augment our robust programming around Black history with a new, virtual concert honoring Juneteenth. We must amplify Black voices. Our singers use the power of music to build meaningful relationships, to shed light on social issues, and to demand progress. We hope that our group of acclaimed Black CCC alumni inspires others to take action against long-standing injustice.”
— Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir President & Artistic Director

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IN THE NEWS
06/10/2020

WTTW: “Chicago’s ‘Year of Music’ Goes Virtual

As some of Chicago’s most anticipated events of the summer are cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, Angel Idowu of WTTW shares how virtual events are saving the summer, including Chicago Children’s Choir’s virtual concert Paint the Town Red as part of the city’s ‘Year of Music.’

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IN THE NEWS
05/19/2020

Chicago Tribune: “Chicago Children’s Choir concert goes virtual for Paint the Town Red: ‘This is an opportunity for us to share our love and passion for the arts’”

Darcel Rockett of the Chicago Tribune highlights Chicago Children’s Choir’s upcoming virtual concert Paint the Town Red which will take place on Thursday, May 21 at 7:00pm. The reimagined event will be livestreamed on our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

“The phrase “paint the town red” may lack a certain luster these days with the pandemic curbing our ability to go out. But the Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) is not letting COVID-19 stem their annual concert celebration of the same name.”
— Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune

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IN THE NEWS
05/11/2020

Chicago Crusader: “CCC spreads joyous message via virtual concert”

Leslie of the Chicago Crusader shares a pre-event feature of Chicago Children’s Choir’s virtual concert Paint the Town Red. This year, the annual concert celebration will take a new digital form and will feature a compilation of performances along with uplifting messages from our special guests in honor of our resilient city of champions. The event will be live-streamed on our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel on Thursday, May 21 from 7-8pm CDT.

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IN THE NEWS
05/05/2020

Chicago Tribune: “Review: A Ravinia production of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ to be broadcast on PBS’ ‘Great Performances’”

Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune reviews a Ravinia production of Bernstein’s MASS which will premiere on PBS’ ‘Great Performances’ on Friday, May 15 at 9:00pm and on Sunday, May 17 at 1:00pm.⁣ The performance features almost 150 members of the Chicago Children’s Choir artistic family, from Neighborhood Choir to Voice of Chicago to alumni singers, with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and renowned conductor Marin Alsop.

“Though naturally it looks and feels somewhat different on the screen than on the stage, it stands as a full-throated endorsement of the work and a testament to Bernstein’s audacious vision.”
— Howard Reich, Critic, Chicago Tribune

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IN THE NEWS
02/07/2020

Chicago Tribune: “Chicago Children’s Choir’s Black History free concert series to focus on African Americans, the vote and giving voice to the legacy of struggle”

Darcel Rockett of the Chicago Tribune previewed Chicago Children’s Choir’s annual Black History Month Concert Series which took place February 10 – February 12, 2020. Rockett visited the final rehearsal of CCC’s Catalyst Maria In-School Choir, conducted by Lonnie Norwood, where singers reflected on the emotional and personal impact of the songs featured throughout the three day event.

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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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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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