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University to Host New Community Choir

Chicago Children's Choir

CHICAGO, IL (September 10, 2008) – The Chicago Children’s Choir, an internationally acclaimed multiracial, multicultural ensemble founded in 1956, is teaming up with North Park University and the North River Commission to launch its eighth after-school Neighborhood Choir, expected to serve up to 80 children from Albany Park and the surrounding communities. Rehearsals will take place on the University campus on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning October 14.

The CCC’s Neighborhood Choir Program focuses on beginning and intermediate choral training for boys and girls ages 8-14 after school during the school year. It’s one of several programs hosted by the Choir at large, which includes 67 in-school choruses in 50 Chicago elementary schools, a 100-voice concert choir, and seven additional after-school Neighborhood Choirs at sites throughout the city, including Garfield Park, Lincoln Park, Hyde Park, and others. Program tuition is on a sliding scale based on family income.

“Our goal is for Choir singers to reflect the diversity of Chicago,” says Davin Peelle, the CCC’s marketing director.

It’s a vision that was put into motion more than a half century ago by the late Rev. Christopher Moore, who dreamed that young people from diverse backgrounds could better understand each other, as well as learn about themselves by making beautiful music together. Today, the Choir unites more than 3,200 students between its various programs, in performances that include the finest classical works, folk songs, jazz, gospel, and popular music from around the world.

For the North River Commission, a community development organization that works in conjunction with more than 100 civic organizations, businesses, and schools in Chicago for the welfare of all, collaborating with the Choir and with North Park was a natural partnership. “This is exactly the type of high-quality after-school enrichment program our families are looking for,” says NRC President Joel Bookman.

Daniel Tepke, senior vice president of North Park University, agrees. “I think this is a great fit for Albany Park, the Chicago Children’s Choir, and North Park University being in the city.”

To learn more about the Neighborhood Choir Program and the Chicago Children’s Choir, visit www.ccchoir.org