Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus (Glen Ellyn, IL)

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The Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus offers instruction to children of all ability levels, from preschool through high school, performing a wide range of music. Photo courtesy of the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus

For the past 39 years, the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus (GECC) has helped nurture budding musicians in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois with the belief that all children are inherently musical. In FY 2003, it received an NEA Arts Learning grant of $15,000 to support the continuation of its many classes, workshops, performances, and outreach activities.

GECC offers instruction to children of all levels of ability from preschool through high school. The chorus performed a wide range of music, from classical masterworks to jazz and opera. Music from different cultures and in different languages was used as the curriculum, and the repertory included works from Australia, Latin America, Newfoundland, and Africa. GECC also regularly commissions new works, and in the past five years has commissioned works by composers Stephan Paulus, Steven Leek, Wayland Rogers, and Jennifer Shelton.

GECC tours locally, nationally, and internationally, performing recently throughout the Midwest, at Carnegie Hall, and in Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil. Following its successful tour in Australia in 2002, GECC invited The Australian National Children's Chorus, or Godwana Voices, to perform with them during its Honors Chorus SingFest, an annual day-long workshop. In 2003, 75 local music teachers and 450 of the most interested students participated in classes, rehearsals, and musical activities. The day culminated with a joint performance of the GECC, Godwana Voices, and the Honors Chorus.

(From the 2003 NEA Annual Report)