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.
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 100 students and many schools and agencies.
Geographic areas served: musical performance around the world, while based in Houston, Texas.
Programs: The Chorus performs more than 80 concerts each year to audiences that annually exceed 750,000.; The Houston Childrens 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.
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.
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.