Evolution of American Pop Music - Chicago Children's Choir

A survey of the development of American popular music from 1900-2020 through the contributions and accomplishments of influential Black female vocalists.

Sessions 1A & 2A: From Vaudeville Blues to the Sounds of Soul An exploration of the amazing legacy of Black female singers in the early 1900’s such as Gertrude “Ma” Rainey and Bessie Smith and how they paved the way for the birth of the soul and rhythm & blues genres.

Sessions 1B & 2B: Disco Divas and Hip Hop Queens Students will listen to and discuss female innovators in the emergence of Funk, Disco and Hip Hop Music and the expansion of R&B into the wider pop music scene–from Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor and Chaka Khan to Lauryn Hill, Whitney Houston and Beyoncé Knowles.

Session Logistics

Arts Enrichment Sessions are four or eight week courses offering high quality, specialized music education to any interested young person aged 8-18.

All sessions will take place virtually on Zoom between September 14 and February 6 between 4:00pm CST and 7:00pm CST. A personal device with internet access is required to participate. For educational and marketing purposes, all sessions will be recorded.

No classes will be held November 22-26 or December 14 – January 9. Many sessions have more than one class time available. There will be a place to indicate your schedule preference, and we will do our best to accommodate requests. Based on enrollment, CCC staff may need to place singers in the next available time-slot or session.

Levels are described as the following:

  • Beginning: Suggested for ages 8-11 or CCC’s Allegro and Vivace ensembles.
  • Intermediate: Suggested for ages 11-14 or CCC’s Vivace, Presto and DiMension ensembles.
  • Advanced: Suggested for ages 14-18 or CCC’s Presto, DiMension and Voice of Chicago ensembles.

Available Sessions

Evolution of American Pop Music

Session 1A: September 17 - October 8 

Thursdays
Intermediate: 4:00-5:00pm CST
Intermediate: 5:00-6:00pm CST
Intermediate: 6:00-7:00pm CST
Suggested Ages: 11-14 years old

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Evolution of American Pop Music

Session 1B: October 15 - November 5

Thursdays
Intermediate: 4:00-5:00pm CST
Intermediate: 5:00-6:00pm CST
Intermediate: 6:00-7:00pm CST
Suggested Ages: 11-14 years old

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Evolution of American Pop Music

Session 2A: November 12 - December 10

Thursdays
Advanced: 4:00-5:00pm CST
Advanced: 5:00-6:00pm CST
Advanced: 6:00-7:00pm CST
Suggested Ages: 14-18 years old

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Evolution of American Pop Music

Session 2B: January 14 - February 4

Thursdays
Advanced: 4:00-5:00pm CST
Advanced: 5:00-6:00pm CST
Advanced: 6:00-7:00pm CST
Suggested Ages: 14-18 years old

Interested in joining?
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