World Children's Choir
United States of America
The World Children's Choir serves as a voice for children worldwide — giving voice to the interests of all children, celebrating cultural diversity through music, promoting positive international relations, and asking people to work together to create a peaceful, healthy world for children. Through singing, the children learn how music and art expresses emotion, creates shared experiences, bridges differences, tells stories, produces beauty and enriches others.
The World Children’s Choir is concerned about the children of the world and the future they face. By pursuing our mission we believe that we contribute to building a world of peaceful respect, friendship, cooperation, and prosperity among nations. We believe that working together to produce beautiful music and other kinds of art enables the children to create friendships based on mutual understanding and respect. By bringing children from many cultures and nations together in song today, we can sow the seeds of a more peaceful world tomorrow.
The choir has been appointed to the Artists Roster of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Performances have been given for former U. S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama; Queen Noor of Jordan, Queen Sofia of Spain; Justices of the United States Supreme Court; on numerous other occasions at the White House, the Kennedy Center, on Capitol Hill; for national and international television broadcasts; and in international concert tours and cultural exchanges.
World Children’s Choir, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, founded in 1990 by its current artistic directors, Sondra Harnes and James Selway offers rehearsal and performance training in voice and opera, and performance opportunities for children and teens ages 4 – 18 who live within 250 miles of the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Virtual video projects are open to children, teens, and adults throughout the world.
World Children’s Choir singers’ special event highlights include U.S. Presidential Inaugural Event: The National Day of Service; Moms Rising Gathering: Turning Sadness Into Action, U.S. Congress; three performances for our nation’s greatest heroes at the Congressional Medal of Honor Dinner, Library of Congress and other venues; performances of The Lord of the Rings at Wolf Trap; the National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence at the Washington National Cathedral; the Marshall Legacy Institute Clearing the Path Gala; National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Conference: Beyond Borders; and a Millennium Stage Concert as part of the Kennedy Center Voices of Our Nation Festival.