The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale was founded in 1977 as a civic children’s choir, and has now grown from one choir of 25 children to four choirs with an enrollment of nearly 200 children in grades 1-12 each year from throughout the Pikes Peak Region.
The Chorale’s musical excellence has earned them national and international recognition as one of the country’s outstanding children’s choirs, and they have been honored with three first place Gold Medals in international competitions. They have traveled to Japan, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and in 2011 toured in South Africa. In the United States, they have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2004, the Children’s Chorale pioneered the Pikes Peak International Music Festival – In Harmony, a festival which has now been hosted in cities around the world. The Festival returned to Colorado Springs in 2010, with nearly 300 young musicians participating in the week-long festival. The Children’s Chorale has been the recipient of the El Pomar Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, and the Mayor’s International Award for International Outreach.
Although the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale has garnered an exceptional array of awards and recognitions abroad, its heart and spirit is firmly rooted in Colorado and the Colorado Springs community. A main focus is its outreach program within the state, including its Eastern Plains Youth Choir Festival, Adopt-a-School Festivals, School Blitz days, Raise the Roof Boychoir Festival, an extensive tuition assistance program, workshops in schools, and concerts all over the state for groups including Pikes Peak Hospice, Cancer Survivors, CASA, and nursing homes.