Since 1974, the Colorado Children’s Chorale has brought its artistry and charm to audiences throughout the world. With a diverse repertoire ranging from fully staged opera and musical theater to standard choral compositions in classical, folk and popular traditions, the Chorale performs with an innovative stage presentation and a unique theatrical spirit. In recognition of its artistic excellence, the Chorale was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the prestigious El Pomar Award for Excellence in Arts and Humanities.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Deborah DeSantis and Executive Director Meg Steitz, the Colorado Children's Chorale annually trains 500 members between the ages of 7 and 14 from all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds representing more than 180 schools in the Denver metro area and beyond. Since its founding, the Chorale has sung countless performances with some of the world’s finest performing arts organizations, including the Colorado Symphony, Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, Colorado Ballet, Opera Omaha, Toledo Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the BBC Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. The Chorale has appeared with world-renowned artists Placido Domingo, Zubin Mehta, James Levine and Richard Hickox. It also has performed for numerous dignitaries, including Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama, as well as presidents, emperors and first ladies of the world. Broadcast appearances include NBC’s Today Show; CBS’ Christmas special, the Spirit of the Season, broadcast on CBS 4 Denver; and BBC broadcasts of the Chorale’s Promenade Music Festival performance at Royal Albert Hall. Over the years, the Chorale has commissioned and premiered major works by such notable composers as: Gary Fry, John Kuzma, Samuel Lancaster, Normand Lockwood and Stephen Paulus. In 2008, the Chorale commissioned and presented the world premiere of A Stream of Voices by Gene Scheer and David Shire, a musical written for and performed by children.
The Performance Program includes a series of self-produced concerts, numerous performances with other Colorado arts organizations and touring around the world. The Chorale presents annual performances of Christmas with the Children’s Chorale and Spring with the Children’s Chorale at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, A Classical Afternoon at Montview Presbyterian Church and Performing Small Miracles at Colorado Heights Theater. Coo Coo Cachoo for Kids and Spring Fling Sing! are presented in venues across the metro area. This season also includes performances of Music Man in concert, A Colorado Christmas, Sierra Boggess in Concert and Carmina Burana with The Colorado Symphony, Tosca and Ballad of Baby Doe with Central City Opera. and Carmina Burana with Bravo! Vail.
The Chorale performs by invitation across Colorado, nationally and internationally. Tours have taken the Chorale across the U.S.A., including performances at both regional and national American Choral Directors Association conferences, the White House, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Internationally, the Chorale has been featured in China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Russia, the BBC Promenade Music Festival in England’s Royal Albert Hall, the Ste. Baume and the AICLER Provence International Choral Festival in France and Italy, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Aberdeen International Music Festival in Scotland, the World Vision Children's Choral Festival in South Korea and the Unisong Festival in Canada. This season, Tour Choir will present a series of concerts in Kansas and Colorado in April and May. In June and July, Festival Singers will travel with the Colorado Symphony Chorus to Paris, Strasburg and Munich to perform with local orchestras in extraordinary and historic concert venues.
In addition to the Performance Program, the Chorale offers an extensive mission-supporting Education Program. School Partnerships provide weekly choral music and performance training in targeted schools, offering instruction to students and support for teachers with professional conductors, accompanists, choreographers and other resources as needed. School concerts and workshops serve elementary and middle school students, and give them the opportunity to experience a professional concert by their peers. Community Choirs, including the dual-language Aplausos de Colorado Children’s Chorale, 303 Choir, NE Denver JAMS, Northside Music Project and El Sistema Colorado, provide children the opportunity to rehearse and perform in their own community with no audition necessary. The Chorale Education Program was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant and received an Education Outreach Award from Chorus America.
The Chorale is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It is a Tier II organization of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD); was a three-year grant recipient of the prestigious Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Catalyst Partnership; and was one of 15 Colorado arts organizations that participated in the 2006-08 Boettcher Foundation Cultural Leadership Program through National Arts Strategies. The Chorale hosted the Chorus America 2002 Annual Conference, and was one of five local host organizations for the June 2008 National Performing Arts Convention in Denver.