HOUSTON CHILDRENS CHORUS INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 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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EIN 76-0286895
713-650-3800
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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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