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HOUSTON CHILDRENS CHORUS INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews 125

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture

Address:

P.O. Box 66567 Houston TX 77266 USA

Mission:

The purpose of the Chorus is primarily educational, and its goal is to teach children to achieve high artistic standards through choral singing and performance.   The secondary purpose of the Chorus is to provide the community with a major choral group.   An equally important aspect of the Chorus is the nurturing of personal growth, teamwork, discipline, confidence, and self-control.

Programs:

The Chorus performs over 75 concerts each year to audiences that annually exceed 750,000.  The Houston Children’s Chorus is divided into three levels or performing groups: 

·         The Preparatory Choir, an entry-level choir for children in grades 2 and 3, for which no audition is required;

·         The Town Choir, a training choir consisting of children in grades 4 through 8 who pass an audition; and

·         The Concert Choir, our highest-level choir, which consists of children who pass a rigorous audition after completing at least one year in the Town Choir and/or demonstrating strong musical ability and readiness to perform at an advanced level.

The Town Choir and Concert Choir rehearse for three hours every Sunday afternoon, from September through early June (except for breaks coinciding with major holidays). The Preparatory Choir rehearses for one hour each week. 

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Reviews for HOUSTON CHILDRENS CHORUS INC

Rating: 5 stars  

This is the best non-profit organization I have ever been a part of. Inspiring youth to become diciplined musicians, striving for excellence is its creed, and director and founder, Steve Roddy has changed the landscape of Houston in the 26 years.

After traveling the world singing for dignitaries, local celebrities, and authorities/politicians, I have been able to learn more than many youth and would highly recommend donating to this organization!

Bianca Bucaram
Publicist
Participant

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Houston Children's Chorus is a phenomenal organization. I am actually an alumnus of the Chorus (I was in it from 4-8th grade). During my tenure, I had the opportunity to sing with Celine Dion, sing at the Super Bowl, the Vatican and Carnegie Hall. What 8th grader can claim that? I was at times overwhelmed at the commitment and responsibility entrusted to me at the time of being in the choir, but as I look back I realize that it was molding me into an individual filled with maturity, boldness and confidence.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I had the privilege of being in the chorus from 3rd to 8th grade. Now in college, I find myself missing the choir everyday. Those years in the choir were the best of my life. I traveled to New York several times and Mexico with the choir. Those trips have helped to shape me into the person I am now. I have known Steve since I was a little girl when my big sister was in the chorus. He has taught me more about music than anyone ever could. He taught me to appreciate classical music that I would not know about otherwise. The wide variety of music we sang really opened me up to new things and cultures. The choir is so diverse so I get to meet all kinds of people! I wish I could still be in the choir, but I volunteer with alumni whenever I can. I highly recommend joining to anyone interested in music.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

making life long friends and learning beautiful music.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of many children and really flourish and make Houston proud.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This is Houston's best-kept secret! These highly disciplined children represent the united nations in Houston! I have heard them perform classical music with the finest quality of singing. I have heard them sing "Texas music" for visiting dignitaries and world leaders. I have heard them sing for weddings and church/synagogue services. They are truly remarkable! I have followed this group as a volunteer/supporter for the past 21 years. I am constantly amazed at their discipline, musicianship, manners, focus, and flexibility.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

blessing the thousands upon thousands of audiences they perform for each year. As a volunteer, I have witnessed many of their performances and activities. Their angelic voices bring audiences to tears!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are extremely organized and well-managed. The conductor is world-class. The staff is small, but hard-working.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Genuine, hard-working, diverse. As in any children's organization, you have some wacky parents. This group seems to control the "wacky" and puts them to work in a unique way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach hundreds more children from the greater Houston area. They already provide numerous scholarships for underserved children, but with 10 million bucks they could have their own rehearsal hall and performance space and provide unlimited scholarships!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The Houston Children's Chorus is a gem in Houston! We are so lucky to have Steve Roddy and the wonderful children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the community. It is invaluable to offer this high level of arts and performance experience to children. The experience colors their whole lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I was in the chorus from 4th grade until 8th grade, and even then, I couldn't get enough of this choir. I was pushed by high standards to be a leader, to take care of myself and my peers, and to improve myself. Since the last time I was singing under the direction of Steve Roddy, I have found that my personal goals and expectations have exceeded that of my high school music program. After graduating the chorus, I was an Alumni rehearsal assistant and have helped spread music education to several young children. I have also been a chaperone on week-long trips, including Galveston, Atlanta, New York,and even China! The chorus provided my with many opportunities to see the world and make lasting friendships. Sure, we worked hard, but the satisfaction of seeing an elderly woman in tears and repeatedly thanking me for "spreading a beautiful gift" was such a reward that I wouldn't hesitate to join the ranks of a choir kid again. I love this organization that I refuse to think of a world without it. If I were to improve it, well, I guess that I would be more strict on the constant flow of new members and never settle for anything but the best.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The joy of performing, traveling, and meeting new people. Especially those who have never heard the chorus before.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy new music, provide more scholarship opportunities to children who wish to join but cannpt afford the tuition, hire more staff, and perhaps get a permanent building for rehearsal.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

My 4th grade daughter has been with the Town Choir for nearly a year now. She LOVES it and we have enjoyed many, many performances over Christmas and now in the Spring too. The chorus sings excellently under masterful conducting my Mr Stephen Roddy. We feel previleged to have our child in this group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter's singing. She has greatly improved and also gained in confidence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Look into carpooling or paid bus service.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The wonderful choral music.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very caring and sincere.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have it's own space.

Ways to make it better...

There were an easier way to transport children as a group for performances.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising to meet the needs of all the children.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is a demanding, but worthwhile pursuit. It requires practice and rigor.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My daughter has been in Houston Children's Choir for 2 years. We have really noticed how her beautiful voice continues to develop and improve thanks to HCC's professional voice training. HCC, through its many performance opportunities, has also allowed her to become comfortable singing in front of many people, whether in a group or solo. My daughter is looking forward to singing with HCC at Carngegie Hall this summer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

travel and spread its beautiful message to countries all over the world. The blending of these children's voices has to be like angels singing in heaven!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

It is a wonderful experience to listen to the chorus perform. The children are not only trained to sing beautifully but they are also taught discipline and how to perform on stage. Their events are extremely well organized and the staff handles all matters in a very professional manner.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my child who has developed so much confidence in his singing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely well organized and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it could provide financial help to a lot of deserving students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The vocal training and performance opportunities offered are outstanding. This is an excellent way to give children experiences that will improve their singing and make them comfortable with performing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my daughter perform in a concert hall and listening to her increase her musical skills.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the professionalism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make more opportunities available to a wider range of socio-economic levels.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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