The Charlotte Children’s Choir was founded in 1986 under the umbrella of the Queens College Pre-College arts program (now Queens University of Charlotte). The original purpose of the choir was to provide unique educational and performance opportunities for boys and girls in the Charlotte-metro area with the goal of attaining the highest level of artistic excellence in choral music performance. The Choir was incorporated as an independent 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization in 1989. In 1992, the Charlotte Children’s Choir began a summer camp program, Celebration in Song, designed to offer a choral exploration opportunity for minimal cost to young singers in the Charlotte area. Additionally, the Charlotte Children’s Choir was a founding member of the Piedmont Invitational Children’s Choir Festival (PICCF) designed to provide enrichment opportunities for singers in the many children’s choirs in the North Carolina Piedmont. In 2015, the Charlotte Children’s Choir merged with Community School of the Arts to strengthen its visibility in the community and to continue offering exceptional educational and performing opportunities for Charlotte children.
The structure of the choirs has changed through the years to provide maximum benefit to the singers who represent a variety of public and private schools in and around the Charlotte region. In the 1990s, a high school women’s ensemble was added to provide extended training for young women who had aged out of the children’s ensembles. A few years later, Cantare began as a place for boys with changing and changed voices to continue singing. Currently, choir membership consist of children ages eight to eighteen in 3 core ensembles.
Through the years, The Choir has enjoyed unique performance opportunities with professional organizations like the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina, Carolina Voices, American Boychoir, and Canadian Brass. The Choir has performed at state, regional and national music educators’ conferences, appeared on NPR’s “From the Top” and performed at the White House. The Choir has toured nationally and abroad, enjoying performances in landmark locations in Washington, DC, New York City, France, Italy, and Scotland.