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 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 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 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.
The 2019-2020 Season is shaping up to be one of our most exciting ever, combining traditional recurring performances with new collaborations—plus a new adventure (more about that later…). This coming semester the Concert Choir makes its annual appearance at two favorite Holiday events, the Downtown Evanston Tree Lighting and the Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert, followed by our own gala all-ECC Holiday Concert at Alice Millar Chapel on December 15th. Two days later the Concert Choir joins forces with our newest group, the Wilmette Pops Children’s Chorale (a joint venture with the Wilmette Park District), for another Holiday Concert at Wilmette’s Community Recreation Center.
Then in 2020 things really get interesting! We’ll start the year by celebrating MLK Day with the City of Evanston. In March our annual fundraiser, The Warm Up, will be held on our home turf at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center for the first time ever. New collaborations are in the works with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Piven Theatre for winter and spring respectively. And that “adventure” we mentioned earlier will be our first ever tour! We’re taking our show on the road in April to Cleveland, OH. Our Concert Choir will be focusing on “songs of empowerment” for the semester, and our tour theme is “Empowering Our Youth.” We’ll sing a concert with the children’s choir from the Cleveland Institute of Music, be the featured performers at the prestigious Music in a Sacred Space concert series in Solon, and we also plan to sing at Mayfield Middle School and The Hospice of the Western Reserve. Back home we’ll make our usual appearance at Evanston’s YEA Festival, and put a cap on the season with our all-ECC Spring Concert on May 17th.
Registration for all ECC Choirs for the 2019-2020 Season closes October 15th. Contact us now to get in on the action!
Our primary rehearsal location is the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Studio 107, in Evanston. The ECC's Choirs for the 2019-2020 Season are: Concert Choir (advanced), Youth Chorale (beginner-intermediate), "Story Choir" (grades 1-5), "Family Choir," which anyone can join (adults too!), and the new Wilmette Pops Children's Chorale (beginner-intermediate). You can read more about each Choir here.
Registration for Fall Semester 2019 is now closed for all ECC Choirs. We welcome you to visit any rehearsal or inquire about joining us in January, when the next semester begins. You can register online ahead of time for any Choir, or use our standard Registration Form. For more information, or to schedule a Concert Choir audition,
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) non-profit organization.