Summer Programming - Chicago Children's Choir

Introducing CCC’s Virtual Summer Programming!

Our virtual summer programming offers singers an opportunity to connect and explore a wide range of topics including music from specific regions of the world, choreography, musicianship and theory.

Program Logistics

All summer courses will take place virtually on Zoom between July 13 and 24. A link to each class will be sent 24 hours prior to the start. A personal device with internet access is required to participate. For educational purposes, all sessions will be recorded. All courses are expertly curated by CCC’s artistic staff.

Singers are welcome to sign up for as many classes as they’d like, but don’t wait! In order to provide students with an excellent educational experience, class sizes are limited. Once a course reaches capacity, singers can be placed on a waiting list.

Cost & Registration

Each course consists of approximately 45 minute classes, varying from one to five days of professional instruction. One day classes have a suggested price of $15 and two to five day courses have a suggested price of $10 per class. In line with our long-standing commitment to serving children and families regardless of their financial situation, CCC also has a pay-what-you-can policy to ensure our classes remain accessible to everyone.

At registration, you will have the ability to enter the rate you would like to contribute per workshop. Regardless of the rate, a credit, debit card or eCheck using a checking or savings account is required for online registration. If you’d like to pay another way or need further support, please email registration@ccchoir.org or call 312.849.8300 x101.


Summer Courses

Rhythm Rocks – Intermediate

Instructor: Danny Wallenberg, Conductor, Chicago Children’s Choir
Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24 from 5PM-5:45PM
Cost: $50*
Suggested Ages: 11-18 years old

From our heartbeats, to the beat of a drum, to the fall of rain: EVERYTHING HAS RHYTHM! Come join this crash course in rhythm reading that will culminate with the building of a Ghanaian talking drum (Dondo). Supplies for this course will be delivered before July 20.

This class has been completed.


Let’s Dance with Rueben Echoles – Intermediate/Advanced

Instructor: Rueben Echoles, Associate Artistic Director, Black Ensemble Theater
Wednesday, July 22 – Friday, July 24 from 3PM-3:45PM
Cost: $10/class*
Suggested Ages: 12-18

Get up and dance this summer with Rueben Echoles! Three styles will be presented: Wednesday – African Contemporary Dance, Thursday – Musical Theater and Friday – Hip-Hop. Sign up for one or all three! Click here to watch CCC’s performance of My Power, choreographed by Rueben Echoles for our Black History Month Concert Series.

This class has been completed.


Your Body is Your Instrument: Summer Yoga

Instructor: Amanda Wolff, Conductor, Chicago Children’s Choir
Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24 from 10AM-10:45AM
Cost: $10/class*
Suggested Ages: 8-14 years old

A five-day yoga retreat for your summer! Singers may sign up for one, all five or mix-and-match the classes they would like to take. The following classes will be offered: Monday – Energetic Flow, Tuesday – Strength Building, Wednesday – Sound and Movement Combined, Thursday – Breathing Through Balance, Friday – Relaxation.

This class has been completed.


The Journey to the Magic!

Instructor: Judy Hanson, Senior Associate Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Choir
Tuesday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 22 from 1PM-1:45PM
Cost: $20*
Suggested Ages: 11-18
Prerequisite: Current CCC Singers Only

YOU have the power to create “Magical, Musical Moments” for yourself and for your audience! Take the journey to understanding the intricacies of music and the way that they create expression. You will feel music in a whole new way, taking your performing to the next level!

This class has been completed.


Beginning Music Theory and Sight Singing

Instructor: Evan Bruno, Manager of Choral Programs and Conductor, Chicago Children’s Choir
Monday, July 20 – Tuesday July 21 from 3PM-3:45PM
Cost: $20*
Suggested Ages: 8-10 years old

Are you feeling confused by all those dots on the music page? Then join this entry-level class that will help singers learn solfege, staff note names, key signatures and simple rhythm patterns.

This class has been completed.


Let’s Dance with Rueben Echoles – Beginner

Instructor: Rueben Echoles, Associate Artistic Director, Black Ensemble Theater
Wednesday, July 15 – Friday, July 17th from 4PM-4:45PM
Cost: $10/class*
Suggested Ages: 8-11

Get up and dance this summer with Rueben Echoles! Three styles will be presented: Wednesday – African Contemporary Dance, Thursday – Musical Theater and Friday – Hip-Hop. Sign up for one or all three! Click here to watch CCC’s performance of My Power, choreographed by Rueben Echoles for our Black History Month Concert Series.

This class has been completed.


Singing Games for You and Your Family

Instructors: Miriam Kim and Evan Bruno, Conductors, Chicago Children’s Choir
Tuesday, July 14 from 4PM-4:45PM
Cost: $15*
Suggested Ages: All ages welcome!

Are you bored this summer?! Do you want some new games to play with your siblings and friends? Then join this fun workshop where we will learn songs that have games that are fun for all ages! Invite someone along to help you play the game with us!

This class has been completed.


Civil Rights Freedom Songs

Instructor: Lonnie Norwood, Conductor, Chicago Children’s Choir
Monday, July 13, Wednesday July 15, Friday July 17 from 11AM-11:45AM
Cost: $30*
Suggested Ages: 13-18

“Oh Freedom!” Come join this class that will focus on the history of Civil Rights Freedom songs and their cultural impact. The session will culminate with a songwriting component to fit current movements of today.

This class has been completed.


The Estonian Singing Revolution

Instructor: Evan Bruno, Manager of Choral Programs and Conductor, Chicago Children’s Choir
Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17 from 1PM-1:45PM
Cost: $50*
Suggested Ages: 11-18 years old

Singers who participate in this 5-day class will learn about the rich musical history and culture of Estonia, the Singing Revolution that peacefully overthrew the Soviets in the early 1990s and sing folk songs from Estonia. This class will be an in-depth dive into Estonian history which includes invasions from Nazi Germany and Communist Russia.

This class has been completed.


Jazz Theory 101

Instructor: Lisa Arnold, Conductor, Chicago Children’s Choir
Thursday, July 23 from 1PM-1:45PM
Cost: $15*
Suggested Ages: 8-18
Prerequisite: Basic music theory knowledge

Ever wondered why jazz sounds so cool? Learn how to construct 7th chords, identify extensions and familiarize yourself with the magic of jazz harmony! All ages are welcome but basic knowledge of music theory is necessary.

This class has been completed.


Intermediate Music Theory and Sight Singing

Instructor: Elisabeth Baker, Conductor, Chicago Children’s Choir
Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17 from 3PM-3:45PM. This class will include some individual coachings that may fall outside of the schedule listed above.
Cost: $50*
Suggested Ages: 11-18 years old

Ready for the next step in your music theory knowledge? Join this class for small group and individualized instruction! Singers will have the opportunity to work on specific aspects of music theory and sight singing. Singers will use solfege to sing musical examples.

This class has been completed.


Rhythm Rocks – Beginner

Instructor: Danny Wallenberg, Conductor, Chicago Children’s Choir
Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17 from 5PM-5:45PM
Cost: $50*
Suggested Ages: 8-10 years old

From our heartbeats, to the beat of a drum, to the fall of rain: EVERYTHING HAS RHYTHM! Come join this crash course in rhythm reading that will culminate with the building of a Ghanaian talking drum (Dondo). Supplies for this course will be delivered before July 13.

This class has been completed.


Seasons of Love! – Musical Theatre Workshop 

Instructor: Elisabeth Baker, Conductor, Chicago Children’s Choir
Monday, July 20 – Friday July 24 from 2PM-2:45PM
Cost: $50*
Suggested Ages: 11-18 years old

“Break a leg!” Join this fun workshop where singers will learn about different musicals that have made an impact on our culture and hear from people currently working in the musical theatre business. Participants will also be assigned a solo from the musical theater repertoire. Singers will collaborate on one song for a final project.

This class has been completed.


Songs and Stories from Latin America

Instructor: Magdalena Delgado, Conductor, Chicago Children’s Choir
Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24 from 11AM-11:45AM
Cost: $50*
Suggested Ages: 10-18 years old

Ever wonder about the musical culture that influenced your favorite artists from Colombia, Puerto Rico or Mexico? Join this course to learn a few basic Latin American musical styles from the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. We will delve into the basic differences in rhythm, instrumentation and style as well as learn a few of the most famous songs by singing bits of these songs together. By the end of this class, you will be able to differentiate some of the most famous Latin American musical genres and hopefully learn a little more about Latin American history through the music!

This class has been completed.


Korean Music – Folk to KPOP!

Instructors: Miriam Kim and Youna Choi, Conductors, Chicago Children’s Choir
Monday, July 13 from 2PM-2:45PM
Cost: $15*
Suggested Ages: 8-10 years old

Have you ever heard of KPOP? Are you interested in learning about the rich musical history of Korea? This is an introductory course to traditional Korean folk music. Explore Korean history, culture and popular Korean folk songs. This course will also include learning choreography to a popular KPOP song!

This class has been completed.


*Chicago Children’s Choir has a pay-what-you-can policy. At registration, you will have the ability to enter the rate you would like to contribute per workshop.