About Us

“One of the finest choirs in the country”
-Gregg Smith, conductor and composer, New York, NY

The internationally acclaimed Syracuse Children’s Chorus has performed from Carnegie Hall to California to China, serving as Central New York’s musical ambassadors to the world. Founded at Syracuse University in 1981 by Barbara M. Tagg, the Chorus is recognized for musical excellence and as a model for performance-based choral music education.

“Receiving a commission from the Syracuse Children’s Chorus was a very high honor for me. Their commitment to excellence was a great inspiration, one that lifted me to write my favorite composition, STARS SONGS FACES.”
-Nick Page, song-leader, Boston, MA

The Chorus provides children with outstanding musical training, exceptional performance opportunities and a means for creative expression. The skills and attitudes fostered in every rehearsal – musical creativity, responsibility, critical thinking and analytical skills, cooperation, dedication, teamwork, concentration, attention to detail, appreciation of diversity and a commitment to excellence – are all attributes that serve not only the individual children, but also society as a whole, as choristers go on to become productive adults and the leaders of tomorrow.

“The Syracuse Children’s Chorus is a beautiful instrument, whose commitment to commissioning new works for children’s chorus is unparalleled. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to write for this wonderful ensemble.”
-Shawn Crouch, composer, Miami, FL

Throughout its history, the Syracuse Children’s Chorus has frequently collaborated with artists of international stature, including Libby Larsen, Bob Chilcott, Ruth Watson Henderson, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Eileen Strempel, Fabio Mechetti, the Voices of Liberty, Doreen Rao, Daniel Hege, Alice Parker, Stephen Paulus, Shawn Crouch, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Open Hand Theater, and the late Christopher Keene and Calvin Custer. The Chorus has commissioned and/or premiered more than eighty-five works by significant composers from the United States, Canada, England and China, and received the 2007 and 2002 ASCAP Chorus America award for Adventurous Programming. The Chorus has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Aaron Copland Fund, and Syracuse University and has been heard on National Public Radio’s The First Art and Performance Today, as well as on international broadcasts in England, Hong Kong, China and Canada.

“The Syracuse Children’s Chorus is one of the great cultural jewels of Syracuse and Central New York. I thoroughly enjoy working and performing with these magnificent young people. The training and nurturing care young musicians receive in the Syracuse Children’s Chorus helps to prepare them not only for future endeavors in music, but to become good citizens of the world.”
-Daniel Hege, Music Director, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

Choristers have sung in more than nineteen languages and have performed and soloed in numerous national and world honors choirs. National and international highlights of the Syracuse Children’s Chorus include performances for the International Society for Music Education (Amsterdam, Holland), the Music Educators National Conference (Minneapolis, MN), the American Choral Directors Association (Boston, MA), Keynote Arts Associates Children in Harmony and Children’s Holiday Choral Festivals (Orlando, FL), Choral Music Experience Tenth Anniversary Institute (Chicago, IL), the World of Children’s Choirs 2001 International Festival and Symposium (Vancouver, British Columbia), the first International Children’s Choir Festival and World Conference (Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guilin, and Guangzhou, China) and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales where a Syracuse Children’s Chorus chorister won the vocal solo competition. Their most recent tours include a tour to New York City in April 2008 as featured performers for the Gregg Smith Singers Legacy Festival and to Orlando, FL in May 2010 as guest performers at the American Adventure rotunda in Epcot.

“For 30 years, the Syracuse Children’s Chorus has been looked to as THE standard in the Children’s Chorus movement. With excellence in and dedication to music at its heart, SCC has sent generations of choristers off into their adult lives with music as their life-long companion. Over the years it has been a joy and honor to make music with the Syracuse Children’s Chorus.”
-Libby Larsen, composer, Minneapolis, MN

Through their participation in the Chorus, children experience the joy of singing and contribute to the development of the American choral tradition.

“I believe that the Syracuse Children’s Chorus is one of the most important and notable cultural institutions in our community, not only for their exceptional musical work, but also for what they bring to the educational development of their members: discipline, teamwork, hard work, sense of accomplishment and purpose, and self-esteem.”
-Fabio Mechetti, Music Director, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra