Dear ECC families, friends and collaborators: on behalf of the entire ECC Staff and Board, thank you for an absolutely wonderful 2015-2016 Season! Have a great summer, and we look forward to seeing you again in the fall for the next exciting chapter on our musical journey. Warmly —Gary Geiger, Artistic Director
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.
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 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 2015-2016 Season opened with a featured performance by our Concert Choir at the Illinois One State Together in the Arts conference in September, followed by a multitude of Holiday events including the Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert and the Downtown Evanston Holiday Bash & Tree Lighting. Collaborations this spring included the International Friendship Concert with Japan's Kyoto Concert Choir and the North Shore Choral Society, the return of the Three Choirs Live Choral Festival with Pro Musica from Oak Park and Anima from Glen Ellyn, and our annual appearance at the Young Evanston Artists Festival. The ECC is also proud to join forces with our neighboring institutions. This past season marked the beginning of new ECC Junior Choir branches at the McGaw YMCA Children's Center and Chiaravalle Montessori School as part of our continuing efforts to reach out to young people across Evanston's diverse spectrum of families.
We are currently on hiatus for the summer, and are busily preparing for the 2016-2017 Season. 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 is a recipient of the Mayor's Award for the Arts.