World Children's Choir, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, International, International Exchange

Location: 4022 Hummer Road Suite 109 Annandale VA 22003 USA

Mission: The World Children’s Choir, founded in 1990, serves as a voice for children worldwide… a voice that celebrates cultural diversity through music, builds positive international relations, and asks people to work together to create a healthy, peaceful world for all children.
Results: The Choir has been appointed to the Artists Roster of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Performances have been given for former U.S. Presidents Bush and Clinton, Queen Noor of Jordan, Queen Sofia of Spain, the United States Supreme Court and on numerous other occasions at the White House, the Kennedy Center, on Capitol Hill and for national and international television broadcasts. We fulfill our mission in three ways: First, to local children of all cultures, nationalities, and economic circumstances, we offer professional instruction and unique opportunities to sing with beauty, artistry, and joy. Second, we direct our music to inspire our audiences – reinforcing and sustaining our belief that by working together we can truly create a peaceful, healthy world. Third – through our projects and activities of our Voices for Children Campaign (benefit concerts, CD sales, and community outreach) we raise money and coordinate activities to directly support children in need – both locally and throughout the world. The Choir has helped raise money for national and international children’s causes and organizations such as the Children’s Defense Fund, UNICEF, and the CARE Foundation. The Choir raised funds to purchase an entire year’s worth of school supplies for children in Morolica, Honduras, whose village was destroyed by Hurricane Mitch. WCC partnered with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to raise $12,000 to build a blood-testing wing in the Kgabo District Mission Clinic in South Africa. Most recently WCC singers appeared in a benefit concert for Missions Schools International that raised enough funds to build three boarding schools in Kenya. The Choir performed for former Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev and guests at the Embassy of the Russian Federation, as part of a very special dinner to raise funds for Childhood Leukemia Research. The Choir’s Voices for Children Festival and concerts were given in Ireland in honor of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees first World Refugee Day. Concert proceeds were contributed to programs for child refugees living in Ireland and the UNHCR Educational Trust .Additional workshops and performances were given in Dublin, Cork, Carlow, Waterford, Galway City, and Connemara. Performances in Dublin and Cork were shown on national television throughout Ireland. Through our music, we reach out to audiences far and wide to reinforce our message of hope and unity. The World Children’s Choir gives a voice to local children to earn support and attention for the needs of all children worldwide, and calls upon adults throughout the world to do the same.
Target demographics: Culturally, socially, economically diverse children and teens (and parents) in the Washington, DC area ages birth - 18 years old. International program focuses on children and teens living in underserved communities affected by violence and conflict.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Child/Teen Performers: 50 ~ Int. Institute Children/Teens: 300
Geographic areas served: Washington, DC area
Programs: • Professional Children's Choir • African Drumming and Dancing Ensemble • Community Chorus: International Friends Chorus • Prenatal and Early Childhood Music and Movement Classes • Outreach: scholarships and concert tickets for children from families that are financially disadvantaged; performances for hospitals, retirement, and nursing home residents; special event charity galas and benefit concerts • International Concert Tours • International Cultural Exchange • International Voices for Children Institute
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I sang with the World Children’s Choir for ten years – from elementary through high school. My family and I made wonderful friends who we are still close to today. First and foremost, in my opinion, I learned how to sing, how to love and appreciate vocal performance and beautiful music, and the importance of music in the development and well-roundedness of children. As a child I had the opportunity to sing at the Kennedy Center, White House, Carnegie Hall, Constitution Hall and more. We sang with and for Denyce Graves, John Denver, Whitney Houston, US Presidents and First Ladies. The choir provided these experiences that I would not have otherwise had. The WCC established a musical foundation - I studied music and voice in college and sing professionally today.

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

I sang with the choir for ten years and then pursued music and voice in college. I now have a professional singing job; the choir laid the foundation of singing and music appreciation for a lifetime.

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

The opportunity to sing in world-class venues, sing for dignitaries and musical legends, and make close friends. My love of beautiful music and singing grew throughout the years and is still a huge part of my life.

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

The staff and volunteers are kind and helpful. Their goal is for a fun and meaningful experience for concert-goers.

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

Offer scholarship funds to all children who would cherish the opportunity to sing but for whom it is financially out of reach. The choir could bring the message of peace through song by travelling worldwide.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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I''m happy to report that the World Children's Choir has a scholarship program for children from families that are financially disadvantaged. Information is available on the choir's website: http://www.worldchildrenschoir.org/FAQ.htm#29

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

As the Fairfax County After School Network Coordinator for the Fairfax Partnership for Youth, I initiated a very rewarding partnership with the World Children's Choir. Our first project was a performance at our annual youth awards breakfast in 2007 which was repeated with much acclaim in 2008. We worked toegether to establish the "Performing Arts at the Heart of Literacy Program", as an outreach effort to engage disadvataged youth in the Falls Church area. This unique extracurricular enrichment program culminated in a joint appearance with the World Children's Choir at the arts festival at George Mason University.

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

seeing the excitement and joy on the faces of the participants - both parents and children alike - as they learn to express themselves in the performing arts.

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

extremely creative, professional and dedicated to our youth.

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

touch and improve so many lives! The program allows parents and children to experience together the joy in learning and performing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

We have been involved with the choir for over six years. I have gone from proud parent to production manager to board member. I remain a proud parent, the production manager and secretary on the board. This organization is simply amazing. The talent, the training, the comraderie, the organization, are all stellar. The children support and nurture one another - from the oldest to the youngest. The choir is absolutely a team effort and the talent is top-notch. They receive rave reviews wherever they go!

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

all aspects. The choir makes the most of every opportunity.

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

Watching the joy in the singers's faces at a performance.

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

top notch.

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

fulfill its mission of spreading peace and harmony throughout the world. One of the most impressive things about this organization is how it gives back to the community.

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  

5 people found this review helpful

I was a member of this choir for 8 years and I would not be the person or singer I am today with out WCC. The choir sings in many different languages and has a very diverse group of singers. As a member I felt honored to be in such a rich musical and cultural learning environment. Every time I sung in a concert with WCC I felt like we were making absolutely beautiful music, as well as passing on a message of hope and love for the community. Sandy and Jim are both extremely dedicated and talented people who have succeeded in creating an enjoyable, enriching experience for the choir and its many audiences.

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

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

talented, warm, and helpful. the choir has an overall joyous spirit that is contagious.

Ways to make it better...

i had had more time to give to the choir. this choir creates beautiful music because all the members are extremely dedicated and willing to give their time to rehearse and perform. WCC truly feels like a professional choir in this way.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Being a member of the choir was one the defining things in my life. It set me up for a life long passion for music. It helped me as a child to better understand my privilege and provided me with a a passion to reach out and help people through music.

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

being a member resulted in instilling me with life-long musical aspirations.

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

unsure

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

traveling, meeting different kinds of people.

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

dedicated, smart, hard working.

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

reach so many more children.

Ways to make it better...

unsure

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

funding

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

WCC is an amazing choir born from the magic mix of professionalism, love, and vision of her founder and director, Sondra Harnes, and his husband and pianist, Tim. I don't cease to be amazed at how the very little ones learn to love the music and feel a valued part of the ensemble. WCC intiatives to integrate inmigrant children into its ranks, looking for scolarships and other kind of funding, is also to be praised. And of coures, the choice of music, finding a cultural bridge among countries and races, creating a common language out of many, is at the very basis of a learning experience about how to communicate in peace and harmony.

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

Do 100 more thing to support world peace, racial understanding and tolerance, and to create amazing good music.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My years with WCC have been one of the most memorable times of my life. They set the foundation for my singing career as I learned to sing as a soloist and to create beautiful harmonic sounds with the other choir members. Having the Dutch nationality, it was fantastic to get to know many kids from all over the world, to learn about their cultures and to make new friends.

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

Between 1995 and 1997. During the summer of 2007.

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

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

The beautiful sound the the choir creates

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

Very nice and helpfull

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

Make people happy all around the world with the angelic voices of the children.

Ways to make it better...

I would have taken private lessons in my choir period

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

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

They have to keep performing everywhere as everyone should be able to experience their sound.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I was a founding member of the WCC and it gives me great pleasure to say so. WCC gave me the opportunity to enrich my life through song, dance, cultural exchange and even my first job out of high school! I learned to really focus on music, working together with my fellow choristers to make the most beautiful and emotional sound we could. Our concerts are some of my fondest memories of childhood. I felt so special to be a part of something so great.

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

my own life - pursuing music in college, knowing how to work with people to make something greater than ourselves.

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

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

singing in harmony with many different people for all types of people. It was also thrilling to sing in some of the most important and historic sites in and around Washington, DC.

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

change the world through song, cultural exchange and bring peace and joy to many people. Music, and love of children, is a constant in all cultures and can foster understanding and healing.

Ways to make it better...

the directors had the support to realize their vision even more.. peace and understanding through music.

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

expansion and organization. I haven't been involved with WCC in some years, but when I was there, I felt keenly the lack of support from the community.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1998-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The World Children's Choir is a wonderful organization. My daughter has been a member for over a year now and has grown significantly in many areas. Not only has she improved her singing voice and learned songs in many different languages she has developed many wonderful friendships with her fellow choir members. Her confidence has grown through performing in front of audiences, large and small. Sandy and Jim are extremely talented instructors who know how to capture and keep the attention of so many young people.

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

Publicize the great things they do. They would also be able to spread their talents across the world.

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  

5 people found this review helpful

My daughter has been singing with the World Children's Choir for six years. The artistic training is superb, but more importantly, through song, her attention has been drawn to peace among people, respect for other cultures and protecting our planet. The choir has performed at many high level events, and my daughter has gained confidence, and also learned the ethic of hard work. She loves the Choir and the friendships she has built over the years.

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

their performance singing with the National Symphony Orchestra in Carmen at Wolf Trap.

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

the friendships we have built over the last six years.

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

friendly and helpful.

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

spread their message of 'bringing peace through music' to less fortunate children and children living through war.

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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