CSA Children’s Choir to join in SingFest celebration of song

CSA Children's ChoirThe CSA Children’s Choir, directed by Mary Lynn Doherty, will participate in SingFest, Anima’s annual community celebration of song Saturday, Feb. 28, at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

This community engagement event for schoolteachers, community choir conductors, and their motivated students, includes afternoon workshops and culminates in a public ticketed performance at 7 p.m. in the McAninch Arts Center. The performance features Anima and special guests the Soul Children of Chicago as well as SingFest participants.

Founded in 1964 as the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, Anima currently includes four vocal ensembles. Award-winning conductor and music educator Emily Ellsworth has served as artistic director since 1996. Doherty is a proud alum of the GECC and will join the organization June 6 in its 50th Anniversary Concert.

For more than 30 years, the mission of Walt Whitman’s Soul Children of Chicago has been to “educate the minds, elevate the spirits and illuminate the souls of our youth” and to “serve the community as a non-denominational, non-profit educational organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our youth”.

CSA Children's ChoirBringing together children of all backgrounds through choral music is one of Doherty’s passions.

“SingFest is an exciting opportunity for members of the CSA Children’s Choir to perform with Anima, Soul Children of Chicago, Red Rose Children’s Choir, Elmhurst Children’s Choir and several other area groups” from four Illinois counties, she said.

The CSA Children’s Choir meets for weekly rehearsals and gives several concerts throughout the year. The Spring Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in the Recital Hall of the NIU Music Building. The choir’s season runs from September through May. Children interested in joining next fall should contact Doherty at (815) 753-2435 or mdoherty@niu.edu.

For more information on the Community School of the Arts, call (815) 753-1450 or janderson17@niu.edu.

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