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 grades 1 through 12 to find their voices through 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 1 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 (3) singers at its inception to a multi-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.
Our 2020-2021 Season was radically different than any other. We were not able to do any live performing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But we altered our rehearsal formats, our singers kept coming, our families kept believing in us, and we managed to produce two wonderful "virtual concerts," the more recent of which is our Virtual Spring Concert. Buoyed by our recent success with this exercise in adaptation and resilience, we are excited to carry our momentum into the 2021-2022 Season, our 20th! Along with continued virtual options, this year will feature the return of some limited live performing that culminates in the Concert Choir's Orchestra Hall debut in June of 2022.
The support shown for our program last season in the face of daunting circumstances was simply unparalleled, and we are deeply grateful to our ECC families and the surrpunding community. Continuing activities like this that enrich our lives and feed our souls in the face of great adversity are a triumph of the human spirit. We need this now more than ever, and we're still doing this simply because we can't not do it. If you feel the same way, we invite you to join us! But no matter what you do to pull yourself through these murky times, stay safe, and stay positive. Onward...
Our primary rehearsal location is the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Studio 107, in Evanston. The ECC's Choirs for the 2021-2022 Season are: Concert Choir (advanced), Youth Chorale Pops (beginner-intermediate), "Story Choir" (grades 1-5), "Family Choir," which anyone can join (adults too!), and the Wilmette Pops Children's Chorale (beginner-intermediate). You can read more about each Choir here.
Registration for the 2021-2022 Season is ongoing. We have once again adapted our programs in light of the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, or to schedule a Concert Choir audition for Fall Semester (virtual auditions available), email Artistic Director Gary Geiger or call (847) 733-0814. You may also find our Join Us page helpful.
The Evanston Children's Choir has received the Mayor's Award for the Arts.
The ECC is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.