The Gospel Essentials - Chicago Children's Choir

From the musical idioms of West Africa that influenced spirituals to Kirk Franklin, our examination of gospel music will highlight the culture of gospel, the soul-stirring songs of Black composers and the voices that elevated them. Our course will include everyday practical exercises for authenticating vocal tone, phrasing, rhythm and movement. We will also offer an in-depth study and understanding of gospel music as a tool for social justice among Black Americans.

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

The Gospel Essentials

Session 1: September 16 - November 4

Wednesdays
Intermediate/Advanced: 4:00-5:00pm CST
Intermediate/Advanced: 5:00-6:00pm CST
Intermediate/Advanced: 6:00-7:00pm CST
Suggested Ages: 11-18 years old

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The Gospel Essentials

Session 2: November 11 - February 3

Wednesdays
Intermediate/Advanced: 4:00-5:00pm CST
Intermediate/Advanced: 5:00-6:00pm CST
Intermediate/Advanced: 6:00-7:00pm CST
Suggested Ages: 11-18 years old

Interested in joining?
Sign up a new singer »
Sign up a current CCC singer »