Who We Are
The Evanston Children’s Choir is a dynamic platform for "diversity in harmony," creating a transformative experience for young choir members from all walks of life and their varied audiences across Chicagoland. With a commitment to inclusion and accessibility, positive energy and mutual respect, the ECC enables children and young adults (ages 7 to 18) to sing their hearts out in several strong, supportive ensembles—ensembles with a solid and growing reputation for musical excellence. Our Core Program is an after-school treble choir program, accepting young people grades 2 through high school from all over the Greater Chicago area. We also have a community choir available for all ages and mixed voice types called "Family Choir." We sing all types of both secular and sacred music, with an emphasis on multiculturalism. We strive to make the choir as accessible as possible, both to new members and to our audience. Accordingly, we do not turn any child away because of money, and we offer our outreach performances and self-produced concerts free of charge.
The ECC has performed in major venues including the Rosemont Theatre, Evanston’s Alice Millar Chapel, and the Harris Theater in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The ECC has grown from a mere three singers at its inception to a three-tiered program that continues to expand. ECC ensembles are regularly sought after for collaborations and have shared the stage with the likes of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Evanston Symphony, Barry Manilow, S.O.U.L. Creations, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Ondas Ensemble and the North Shore Choral Society. All the while, since its founding in 2002, the ECC has remained committed to its roots, serenading Evanstonians young and old in free outreach performances at schools and community centers.
The 2017-2018 Season is already filling up with exciting events and collaborations! The Concert Choir looks forward to its debut with the Chicago Philharmonic this October in Carl Orff's masterpiece, Carmina Burana. A multitude of Holiday events are not far behind, including the Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert, the Downtown Evanston Holiday Bash & Tree Lighting, an exclusive engagement at Glen View Club and our own gala all-ECC Holiday Concert at Alice Millar Chapel. Collaborations this spring include a concert and activities with our new friends from Michigan, the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, in February. Not long after comes our annual appearance at the Young Evanston Artists Festival and, of course, our season-ending grand event: the ECC Spring Concert in May 2018.
We look forward to continuing to build a community of young choirsters and patrons of that most embracing of arts, the art of opening hearts to song. Come sing with us!
The Evanston Children's Choir has received the Mayor's Award for the Arts.
The ECC is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.