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.
This is the best non-profit organization I have ever been a part of. Inspiring youth to become diciplined musicians, striving for excellence is its creed, and director and founder, Steve Roddy has changed the landscape of Houston in the 26 years.
After traveling the world singing for dignitaries, local celebrities, and authorities/politicians, I have been able to learn more than many youth and would highly recommend donating to this organization!
The Houston Children's Chorus is a phenomenal organization. I am actually an alumnus of the Chorus (I was in it from 4-8th grade). During my tenure, I had the opportunity to sing with Celine Dion, sing at the Super Bowl, the Vatican and Carnegie Hall. What 8th grader can claim that? I was at times overwhelmed at the commitment and responsibility entrusted to me at the time of being in the choir, but as I look back I realize that it was molding me into an individual filled with maturity, boldness and confidence.
The vocal training and performance opportunities offered are outstanding. This is an excellent way to give children experiences that will improve their singing and make them comfortable with performing.