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Raising Voices on Chicago's West Side since 2016.

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Since 2016, the Austin Neighborhood Choir has served youth from Austin and surrounding neighborhoods.

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Our Neighborhood Choir Program is a window onto the world and an incubator for global leadership. With our world-class instruction and empathetic approach to music education, these community-based programs bring to life an emphasis on emotional, intellectual, and social development anchored in musical excellence and creative expression.

In the Austin Neighborhood Choir, music education means more than theory, notation, and sight-singing. Through exposure to music that authentically incorporates diverse languages and styles, singers engage in dialogue about the historical and social context of an array of cultures.

The impact of this exposure is compounded by the opportunity for students to connect with young people across the city—and globe—breaking down barriers of race, religion, and socioeconomics, forging life-long friendships along the way.

The Austin Neighborhood Choir Program has performed at a number of events in the Austin community, including Austin Community Celebration: The Aspire Center for Workforce Innovation, Westside Cultural Family Holiday Musical, Pilgrim Congregational Church, and the Austin Chamber of Commerce Chicago Alfresco grant announcement. In December 2018, the ensemble performed for the Illinois House of Representatives 100th General Assembly. Select singers have also performed as part of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show with Chance the Rapper, in Turandot and La bohème at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Bernstein’s MASS at Ravinia Festival. Recent tours have included Los Angeles, Detroit, Puerto Rico, and Chicago.

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The Austin Neighborhood Choir Program is an ensemble that performs high-energy, feel-good music. By bringing peace and love through music with positive messages, we highlight some of the many beautiful qualities of this community. Our music facilitates discussion about culture and history, creating an unparalleled learning experience for Austin youth.

Farlanda Buchannon Conductor, Austin Neighborhood Choir

Performance Highlights

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Farlanda Buchannon

Best Choreographer in Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago 2023 Awards!

Program Assistant

Regina Robinson

Rehearsal Schedule & Location


All singers: 5:30–6:45pm

Presto: 6:45–7:30pm (as needed)


Allegro: 5:30–6:45pm

Vivace/Presto: 5:30–7:30pm


Kehrein Center for the Arts
5628 W. Washington Blvd.

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Program Costs

To learn more about our sliding-scale tuition and how we work to make music education affordable for all families, please visit our Program Costs page.

The tuition scale shows the recommended amount for household income but Uniting Voices Chicago will always work with individual family constraints. Tuition is prorated based on the length of participation for the singer.

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Early Bird Tuition for Dimension and Neighborhood Choir Program $25,000 and under: $45 annual; $25,001-50,000: $115 annual; $50,001-75,000: $430 annual; $75,001-100,000: $720 annual; $100,001-175,000: $1,220 annual; $175,001-250,000: $1,520 annual; $250,001-400,000: $1,760 annual; $400,001 and above: $1,960 annual;

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