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.
If you want your child to have amazing experiences such as singing for dignitaries at exclusive events, performing in foreign countries, learning about other cultures, and working and having fun alongside children from diverse backgrounds, then this is your best opportunity! Not only do the children learn about music, they gain discipline, develop poise, and form meaningful friendships. I know this because I had two children in the chorus and have chaperoned choir trips to Ireland and Canada. Also, I am a donor and a board member.
This nonprofit chorus serves as an opportunity for young children of all backgrounds to come together and enjoy singing as one unit. The rewards they receive are not limited to improved musical skills. They make new friends, learn discipline, manners, develop respect/acceptance of others and acquire self-confidence and poise. These are fundamental assets for young people that will serve them well their entire lives.