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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Being part of the WCC had been one of the greatest experiences of my life, both personally and musically. The beautiful music and the professionalism of the WCC is beyond doubt. Not only was I able to develop my singing skills and the discipline of a musician, I had the opportunity to perform at the White House and the Kennedy Centre of performing Arts, among others. Even today, 5 years since I last sang with the choir, I still find myself constantly singing the songs I used to sing with the choir. The commitment of the WCC, however, transcends mere musical excellence. Being with the WCC was more than being with a great choir. It was about being in a culture where people from different backgounds come together as one to work towards a common vision. In addition, the choir's enourmous efforts in promoting peace must not go unmentioned. My experiences with WCC has taught me to reach out to others, contribute to the society, and play a role in making the world a better place. These are lessons that I know I will carry with me for the rest of my lives.

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

Excellent. The volunteers of the WCC are among the best people I've met.

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

Embark on a world tour to promote peace!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-7-01

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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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wchildsing (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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: General Member of the Public
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: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The World Children Choir is a wonderful organization for children. I provides children with a very structured enviroment to improve their musical education. The core values espoused by World Children Choir are positive ones for the participants as well as for their public. The World Children Choir is able to educate children accross a wide age spectrum from the very young junior choir to the budding adults in the opera ensemble. To make this work a certain amount of discipline and is certainly enforced. Being a member of the WCC or a parent of a singer requires a great deal of commitment in terms of time and resources (some children do have scholarships). This is made clear to both the parents and the singers who enroll in the choir.

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

The effective musical education to my child.

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

Interacting with James Selway and Sondra Harnes who are very gifted musicians.

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

Very Generous

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

Travel internationally.

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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