In 1956 during the Civil Rights Movement, the late Christopher Moore founded Chicago Children’s Choir at the First Unitarian Church in Hyde Park. Today, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir serves youth from Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Choir singers perform a number of times throughout the year while learning proper vocal technique, music reading and sight singing skills, and the discipline of singing with musicality, movement and expression.
The Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir has been invited to sing for community functions in Hyde Park and beyond. Members of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir have been invited to sing for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and with the Hyde Park Symphony Orchestra. Recently, select singers performed in Turandot at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Merry, Merry Chicago! with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Members of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir have traveled to Michigan, Santa Fe, Florida and Amherst.