The Worcester Children’s Chorus (WCC) was founded in 2008 as a program of the Master Singers of Worcester by co-directors Jennifer Kane and Malcolm Halliday. A partnership was also formed at that time between the WCC and Assumption College making WCC a choir “in residence” at the College where the WCC enjoys rehearsal and performance spaces as well as other resources.
The Chorus began as one ensemble with 33 singers, making its debut performance on Sunday, October 19, 2009 during a “Mostly Mozart” program with the Master Singers of Worcester.
In response to increased interest, in fall 2010, the Chorus split in to two ensembles with the addition of the Da Capo training choir under the direction of Philip Montgomery. During this year, the WCC became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on September 3.
Since its inception in 2008, the WCC has expanded to four ensembles. In September 2015, Dr. Pamela Mindell succeeded Jennifer Kane as the second Artistic Director of the WCC.
The Worcester Children’s Chorus has performed with many area ensembles, including: The Master Singers of Worcester, The Assabet Valley Mastersingers, The Salisbury Singers, the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, the Worcester Youth Orchestra, and the Worcester Chorus. Select members of the chorus have also performed on three occasions at Carnegie Hall, participated in the International Children’s Chorus Festival at Canterbury Cathedral and London, as well as the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans. In 2016, the WCC was featured at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, where they performed the Star Spangled Banner before tens of thousands.
This September the WCC will celebrate its 10th Anniversary Season. Celebrations will include a gala concert and reception at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The season will culminate with a tour to Canada in the summer of 2018.
The WCC is proud to be “Partners in Music” with the Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester.