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Chicago Children’s Choir

The Chicago Children’s Choir is a non-profit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music.

Founded in 1956,the Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music eduction organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. The Choir currently serves 2,800 children, ages 8–18, through choirs in 45 schools, afterschool programs in eight Chicago neighborhoods, and the internationally acclaimed Concert Choir. Under Artistic Director Josephine Lee, the Choir has undertaken many highly successful national and international tours, received a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for the 2008 documentary Songs on the Road to Freedom, and been featured in nationally broadcast television and radio performances, most recently on NBC’s Today show and the 2007 PBS series From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall.

In 2004, Chicago Children’s Choir released its first studio recording, Open Up Your Heart, and in March 2006, the soundtrack for the musical Sita Ram. In February 2008, the Choir released Songs on the Road to Freedom featuring music from and inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. These recordings are available from, iTunes, and