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In 1956 during the Civil Rights Movement, Rev. Christopher Moore founded what was then called the Children's Chorus of the First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park. Today, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir Program of Uniting Voices serves youth from Hyde Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

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 Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir Program, 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 Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir Program has been invited to sing for community functions in Hyde Park and beyond, such as the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and the Hyde Park Symphony Orchestra. Hyde Park singers have also collaborated with renowned ensembles like Tenebrae and the Artemisia Trio. Select singers have recently performed in Turandot and La bohème at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bernstein’s MASS at Ravinia Festival. Members of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir Program have toured throughout the United States, most recently to Washington D.C., Ohio, Puerto Rico, New England, Michigan, and New Mexico.

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There's a feeling that everyone is welcome into our choir community because of how diverse our group of singers is. We have singers coming to us from different religious, racial, socio-economic backgrounds, and we have created a safe space where each of those singers can express themselves either to reflect, discuss the music that we are working on, or even just express how they are feeling that day.

Magdalena Delgado Conductor, Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir
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Magdalena Delgado

Program Assistant

Elinor Keener

Rehearsal Schedule & Location

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Allegro: 4:15-5:15pm


First Unitarian Church of Chicago
5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.

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 per income level 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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