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World Children's Choir, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange, Singing & Choral Groups

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

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

The World Children's Choir provides children with outstanding musical education combined with providing them with an awareness of the world and their obligation to create peace and understanding among people of all races and nationalities in order to improve conditions for children all over the world. The quality of the music that the Choir creates is amazing. It is truly inspirational to hear children from ages 4 to 18 sing in different languages and sing sophisticated classical pieces. Their "music with a message" is beautiful!



Rating: 5

Some choirs focus on their singing alone. The World Children's Choir produces what I believe is the finest sound of any choir in the metro DC area and, perhaps, in the U.S., but it also focuses on bringing together children of all national, religious, and racial backgrounds together in peace, so that they may become the adults who choose not to create war. The World Children's Choir is tremendously diverse, yet its singers develop a bond as close as family. This bond spills over to the parents of singers, and it even affects those attending the Choir's performances. It happens not only because of the diversity of the Choir's membership but also because of the diversity of the music performed by the Choir; singing the songs of a multitude of different countries, and singing them beautifully in those countries' native languages, expresses a deep respect for and appreciation of our global family. But the World Children's Choir offers more than musical performances in carrying out its mission to promote world peace. By inviting singers and musicians from other nations to join them here in the DC metro area to share time together toward a culminating musical performance, friendships have been forged between World Children's Choir singers and musicians from places as distant and varied as an isolated mountaintop settlement in Nicaragua, a village in Northern Ireland, or a city in Serbia. The Choir is currently working on a program of outreach to the Middle East in which members of the World Children's Choir family will travel to Jordan and Palestine to share cultural experiences and music with impoverished children in those countries. I am proud to have volunteered with the World Children's Choir over the past nine years, and being a singer in the Choir over those nine years has benefitted my daughter beyond measure, not just in developing her singing voice, but in helping her become an adult who will disregard differences and change the world for the better. Like all nonprofits in the current economy, the World Children's Choir struggles to obtain funding for its programs. I hope that potential donors can become familiar with the Choir and what it does, so that it can carry out more of the many meaningful programs it envisions. The World Children's Choir is an arts organization, but it is so much more than that. It is a vehicle for change that, with support, can do much good in the world -- to the tune of the angelic voices of children.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I first encountered the World Children's Choir during the new millenium celebrations during the holiday season going into the year 2000. My first words after hearing them were these: "They are angels, the sound like angels". They sang at a multitude of venues outside at night in the cold for large and small audiences working with all those involved in the new millenium production on the national mall. They maintained their focus and professionalism even the very youngest students. Sondra Harness, the director of the choir is inspiring, very talented and totally committed to the choir and to each child in the choir. She would like to be able to reach as many children as possible in all corners of the earth. Music is a universal language that builds unity and understanding. I will continue to support and do everything I can to ensure that this wonderful organization grows and prospers to reach its ultimate potential.



Rating: 5

My daughter joined the World Children's Choir in November 2009. It has been an absolutely incredible experience for her. She has learned so much and has had such fun! It's a top notch musical organization with excellent leadership and parental involvement. Highly recommend.