Southern Colorado In Harmony Festival, an outreach program of the CS Children’s Chorale of the stage of the Pikes Peak Center. This image includes elementary school choirs and the Pikes Peak Singers of the Children’s Chorale serving as the host choir.
Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale has a full weekend of events planned to celebrate the organization’s 40th Anniversary in Colorado Springs. Starting on Friday, June 2, at 7:00pm in downtown Colorado Springs, the Children’s Chorale will be presenting their ‘Celebrating 40 Years of Dreams’ gala at the elegant Mining Exchange and Gold Room.
“We invite the community to join us in celebrating our fortieth anniversary,” says Children’s Chorale executive director, Marcia Hendricks. “We will return to our roots, while looking forward with real anticipation to our future.”
The first Children’s Chorale public concert was in the lobby and vault of the Colorado National Bank in downtown Colorado Springs in 1977. The Mining Exchange Hotel was chosen to begin the 40th anniversary weekend celebration events because it was originally a bank and it has a reminiscent vault in the lobby where the Summit Ensemble and the Pikes Peak Singers, (top choirs of CSCC) will perform. Guests will move from the vault area to the Gold Room for dinner and dancing, while enjoying additional performances by several returning alums-who are now professional performers across the nation.
The following day, Saturday, June 3, at 12:30pm, the Alum Luncheon will take place at the at the CSCC Rehearsal Hall.
“After rehearsing with our alums, we will treat them to a luncheon celebrating their time in Children’s Chorale,” shares Hendricks. “Bob Crowder and Brad Peterson [founding directors], as well as former and current staff will be joining us to celebrate too.”
The weekend of celebrations will culminate in a grand finale at 3pm on June 4, at the Pikes Peak Center with the highly anticipated ‘40 Years on Broadway’ at the Pikes Peak Center which 1,500 people are expected to attend.
All four groups of the Children’s Chorale will perform along with alumni of the organization. This concert will feature CSCC Broadway favorites from four decades of award-winning performances. The annual CSCC Silent Auction will also be held in the Lobby of the Pikes Peak Center during this event.
Photo by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography
The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale (CSCC), was founded forty years ago as a civic children’s choir, and has grown from a single choir of twenty-five children to four core choirs, two performing arts classes, and a satellite program serving the west side including Manitou Springs, Cascade, and Green Mountain Falls. CSCC members come from every school district within the Pikes Peak region. In its forty years of existence, the Children’s Chorale’s outstanding performances have been recognized both nationally and internationally.
On the world stage CSCC choirs have been honored with three first-place gold medals and have performed at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. In the U.S., the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale has been a guest performer at the Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall on numerous occasions.
CSCC presents two major concerts each year at the Pikes Peak Center and over 100 smaller concerts, workshops and other training sessions serving 34,000 people with the gift of song and prides themselves in creating poised young leaders who serve their community for years to come.
Photo by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography
Children’s Chorale outreach programs are central to its contribution to the community and include the School Blitz Program, Workshops and Residencies, Adopt A District and Partner School Programs, Tuition Assistance Program, the Southern Colorado In Harmony Festival, satellite programs, the Generations Initiative, and a Colorado touring program which reaches out to rural communities throughout the state.
The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale is honored to be the recipient of the El Pomar Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities for 2002, and has also been recognized for excellence by the Pikes Peak Arts Council. In addition, CSCC was the 2005 recipient of the Mayor’s Award for International Outreach.
“We want our community to experience our vision of ‘sharing our dreams of a better world through song’ which inspires everything we do,” says Hendricks. “The focus of the Children's Chorale is always excellent musical education in a caring environment, which allows each child to reach their full potential-in both their music aspirations and their lives as a whole.”
All Children’s Chorale programs meet or exceed state instructional standards in the areas of music, dance, and theater and are structured to create in each child a total performer. Students learn music theory, sight-singing, choreography, staging, along with professional and personal etiquette.
Performance opportunities throughout Colorado Springs, nationally, and internationally help to create in each singer a sense of community and global awareness. Through international exchanges, whether they are hosting international groups here or by traveling, the CSCC gives young people the opportunity to serve as musical ambassadors to people from all over the world and encourages the breaking down barriers and prejudices, while using their artistic platform to help build a better world.
“The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale is a stellar example of young people contributing to the quality of life in our community,” enthuses Hendricks. “Over 7,000 young people from across the Front Range and from all walks of life, and every socio-economic background, have been part of our program over the past 40 years.”
“We continue to hold true to the dreams of our founders in creating a place of excellence for young vocal musicians in our community and that we always uphold Bob Crowder’s values of creating great people in the process of creating beautiful music,” she states.
“The Children’s Chorale is honored to have served in this community for 40 years,” says Hendricks. “As a vital element of the cultural tapestry of Colorado Springs, we will continue to share our inspiring message and our dream of helping to create a better world through song-for generations to come.”
Tickets can be purchased the following ways: by calling 888-929-7849; at pikespeakcenter.com; or AXS.com. General information on the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale is available online at: www.kidssing.org ‘Like’ us on Facebook! Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale
Who: The choirs of the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, celebrate 40 years in Colorado Springs at the Pikes Peak Center with a tribute to Broadway musicals and serving the community through song. Concert sponsors include: Penrose/St. Francis Health System, Ent Federal Credit Union, Olson Plumbing and Heating and media support from The Gazette and KCME
What: 40th Anniversary Weekend of Celebrations with the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale
When: Friday, June 2, 2017 at 7pm and Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3pm
Where: Friday event is at the Mining Exchange, 8 South Nevada Avenue and
Sunday concert is at Pikes Peak Center 190 South Cascade Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs
Tickets: Start at $12 and are available by calling 888-929-7849;
at pikespeakcenter.com; or AXS.com