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.
As was the case for many performing arts organizations, our 2019-2020 Season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, but WE ARE BACK! Sure, the pandemic is still here. And so are we. We have always striven to be inclusive and accessible, and to that we now can add "adaptable." This is a very different season for us indeed, as almost every aspect of life is different for almost everyone. This season there are no live performances, for the safety of our singers and audience alike. But we are still making music, and we're still sharing it with everyone. We're just doing it a little differently. "Virtual choir" is the thing right now! All season we've been learning and rehearsing new songs--in online sessions, small managed live sessions, and individually. This December we laid down tracks and collected our voices to produce a Virtual Holiday Concert, which was a great boost for our spirits and helped propel us forward into 2021. And we're going to do it again for a Virtual Spring Concert in May of 2021.
Thank you for your support as we persevere and fight to keep going. 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 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 Wilmette Pops Children's Chorale (beginner-intermediate). You can read more about each Choir here.
Registration for all ECC Choirs for the remainder of the 2020-2021 Season is now closed. The ECC goes on hiatus every summer, so the next opportunity to join would be for Fall Semester 2021. We welcome your inquiries about our program. We reformatted our programs this season in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and our rehearsal formats for Fall Semester 2021 remain to be seen as we all wait and see how progress with the pandemic unfolds. 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.