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Causes: Arts & Culture, Music, Performing Arts, Singing & Choral Groups

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. 

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If you are the parent of a girl just watch out - she may be openly discriminated against. My daughter auditioned when we moved to Houston when she was going into 6th grade. The ladies who auditioned her were highly impressed and sure that she would be in the top choir, so when I was told later that she would have to be in the lower choir for a year because she was a girl, and that if she'd been a boy she'd be straight into the top choir I was incensed. As a performer myself I know that one can be 'not accepted' for a part for any reason at all, including being too fat, too short, too white, too black, or just not good enough, but when the organization accepts public money they cannot TELL you that they didn't take you 'because girls have to be in the lower choir first and boys don't.' I tried to tell the organization that, and that they needed to train their secretary on what to tell people or they could be sued, but My. Roddy blew up and called me a bad parent and said they didn't want parents like me in their organization anyway - never having met me and never having spoken to me. He is used to being totally kow-towed to and never questioned. In the meantime my daughter was invited to sing with the Rice University Chorale that same year, and proceeded to HSPVA as a voice major, to singing with the Houston Symphony Chorus as a sophomore in high school, to her Bachelor of Music in Voice from Rice, her Masters in Contemporary Improv. in Voice from New England Conservatory of Music, to singing professionally with the Houston Chamber Choir and various other musical organizations around town while working on her own musical theater projects and recording her rock compositions. And I'm still the same 'bad' parent. Just defend your girls.

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info 10/13/2017

NEVER in their 29 year history has the Houston Children's Chorus discriminated against any child. This is a ridiculous accusation. Children are placed in particular choirs in this organization based on their GRADE in school --- not by talent or gender. 2nd and 3rd graders are placed in the PREP CHOIR, as your child was required to do. CONCERT CHOIR is for 4th through 8th graders. The ONLY time a child is refused admission is if the child does not sing on pitch or if the child is not focused or might have a bad recommendation from their school music teacher. (These recommendations are private and seen only by the school teacher and the Chorus staff). The Chorus does not discriminate in regards to race, gender, culture, religion or any other aspect. Never has a BOY been given priority over a GIRL -- for ANY reason. We're happy that your child went on to become a good singer.