Uniting Voices Chicago was founded in 1956 as a direct response to the Civil Rights Movement. Originally named the Children’s Chorus of the First Unitarian Church of Chicago, the youth choir program was formed to celebrate the racial and economic diversity of the city. During the 1950s, a significant number of Black people relocated to Chicago, causing the city’s Black population to grow from less than 10 percent to nearly 25 percent in less than a decade. This rapid influx of Black people strained racial tensions in the city, and it wasn’t long before Chicago became a major center for activism during the Civil Rights Movement.
Uniting Voices Chicago, formerly known as the Chicago Children’s Choir, is exploring the history of the African diaspora in their latest performance, NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter reports.
Lonnie Norwood, Director of Africana Studies and Conductor of Englewood Neighborhood Choir and Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir, joined The Creative Solutions podcast host Izolda Trakhtenberg to discuss how music teaches us history.READ MORE
Musicians from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras were featured in a newly-released video for the Chicago Bulls. Seven young musicians from CYSO, ranging from 9th-12th grade, joined musicians from Chicago’s Musical Arts Institute and singers from Uniting Voices Chicago. The group performed a spirited version of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the “Black National Anthem,” on the Bulls court. The performance was edited together with footage of Chicago Bulls players both on and off the court. The video will be played before Bulls home games throughout the month of February in honor of Black History month.READ MORE
Lonnie Norwood from Uniting Voices Chicago talks about their Black History Month concert series and the importance of highlighting the amazing contributions of Black people in the music sphere and beyond.
The opera’s exquisite overture was exceptionally alluring, as was the later arrival of a spirit-raising group of children with heavenly voices who are part of Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly called the Chicago Children’s Choir), led by its outstanding chorus master, Josephine Lee.
Also meriting mention is the return of Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir), which offers a moving song of thanks after children turned into gingerbread come back to life following the witch’s demise.READ MORE
Several groups performed at the ceremony including the Southern Illinois Children's Reunion Choir, the Illinois Air National Guard Band of the Midwest and Uniting Voices Chicago.
In the latest episode, we talk with an iconic Chicago-based children's choir that was created in a direct response to the civil rights movements to bring people of all background together.
Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children's Choir) joins the Steve Cochran Show to kick off the holiday season!READ MORE
The program keynote speaker this year is David Hall, president of the University of the Virgin Islands. Hall is also a distinguished legal scholar who is recognized internationally for his contributions to legal scholarship on race, social justice, leadership and constitutional law. The internationally renowned youth choral ensemble Uniting Voices Chicago will be the featured artists at the Commemorative Program.
The Chicago Children’s Choir has changed its name to ‘Uniting Voices Chicago’ to expand its goals and values as an organization.
The Chicago Children’s Choir has helped thousands of young people find their voice for decades.