Chicago Children's Choir

Founded as a single choir in Hyde Park at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, today Chicago Children’s Choir serves more than 4,600 youth who represent all 57 Chicago zip codes. The Choir’s founder, Reverend Christopher Moore, believed in using music to unite youth from diverse backgrounds. That simple yet powerful mission has grown exponentially, with programs in 85 city schools, 10 neighborhoods, a choir for boys with changing voices and the world-renowned Voice of Chicago. Under the leadership of President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir’s mission has been elevated to a world stage, using music to create global citizens and revolutionizing the youth choral arts.

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JOSEPHINE LEE – President and Artistic Director of Chicago Children’s Choir
Acclaimed artist and global visionary Josephine Lee serves as the President and Artistic Director of Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC), where she has revolutionized the field of youth choral music through cutting-edge performances of diverse repertoire and innovative collaborations with world-class artists. Through her vision and leadership, Ms. Lee has established CCC as one of Chicago’s premier cultural institutions, solidifying partnerships with renowned arts organizations, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Ravinia Festival and directing new works that capture the pulse of contemporary life in the global age. Ms. Lee has led Chicago Children’s Choir in performance honors for such dignitaries as former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama preceding the 2017 Presidential Farewell Address; his Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso for his 2011 message in Chicago; and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his 2011 inauguration. 

Recent projects include the co-creation of the original world musical Sita Ram with David Kersnar of Lookingglass Theatre, which enjoyed sell-out performances in its 2012 remount; an original piano composition, The Good Goodbyes, commissioned by Frank Chaves and River North Dance Chicago; the development of a fully staged theatrical work with the Q Brothers; and an original suite for piano and cello, Ascension, commissioned by Ballet Chicago. Ms. Lee was also a collaborator on Chance the Rapper’s Grammy Award-winning Coloring Book and led choruses in studio recordings for the album and tour performances in 2016.