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  Building 6, suite 100
  Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
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The Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus

   
   

Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, Former Music Director of the Ravinia Festival, said: "The Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus is one of the finest children's choruses I've heard anywhere in the world. Their musicianship and discipline are exemplary."

Please read many more such appreciative quotes from musicians, choristers and our audience.

 
   

Mission

The Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus (GECC) is a world-class organization, now in its 42nd year, whose mission is to provide any interested child with extraordinary choral music experiences, regardless of a child's musical background or socio-economic circumstances. Through outstanding music education, excellence in performance, and serving the community through song, our combined programs annually serve approximately 1000 children from over 40 different Chicago suburban communities.

A community-centered music education program, the Chorus curriculum uses high quality repertoire from a wide variety of musical styles, and centers around the belief that all children are inherently musical. The Chorus welcomes into its programs all children who want to sing. Girls and boys with treble voices, ages 5-18, develop vocal and musicianship skills which lead to informed, expressive, and empowering performances. Through active participation in a positive environment, they experience the joys of singing, teamwork, musical understanding and artistic expression, which fosters self-growth and enhances their entire lives.

History

The Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus was founded in 1964 by Barbara Born who was followed by Dr. Doreen Rao. In 1996, Emily Ellsworth became Music Director of the Chorus bringing over 20 years of vocal performance and teaching experience. Ms. Ellsworth is successfully continuing the Chorus' tradition of excellence. She was awarded the YWCA's Outstanding Leader in Arts and Culture Award in 1999, and regularly serves as guest clinician throughout the country and abroad.

 

Honors and Distinctions

The Chorus' exemplary programs have served as artistic and educational models across North America for many years. Throughout its history, the Chorus has been widely recognized for concerts, recordings, workshops, commissioned works, and performances with world-renowned musical organizations. The Chorus has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) at Chicago's Symphony Center, the Ravinia Festival, and New York's Carnegie Hall. It has participated in four Grammy Award-winning recordings with the CSO and performed under such eminent conductors as the late Sir Georg Solti, Christoph Eschenbach, James Levine, and Claudio Abbado. The GECC has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Newfoundland,China and in the summer of 2007, South Africa. GECC is also known for showcasing a broad spectrum of newly composed North American music commissioned for and performed by children, including works by major composers.

The GECC has long been nationally recognized for the high artistic caliber of its work. In 1999, the Chorus received the United States Library of Congress' Local Legacies Award acknowledging the Chorus as one of the nation's leading cultural treasures. In the 1980's it was the first children's chorus to be recognized and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council for the professionalism of its achievements. In 2001 the Chorus received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publisher's Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.