The Peabody Children's Chorus, founded in 1989, is dedicated to providing age-appropriate vocal training for young people. The Chorus brings children together to rehearse and perform art and folk music of multiple cultures, languages, historical periods and styles. In six ensembles rehearsing in Towson or Columbia, MD, young people gain invaluable experience making music in ensemble settings, and studying ear-training and music-reading.
400 children between the ages of six and 18 participate each year in three levels of training, rehearsing high quality treble music of advancing challenge and sophistication, and performing in public concert at least twice a year.
The Chorus has joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestra Marin Alsop, for performances of Bernstein’s Mass, Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, Britten’s War Requiem, Mahler’s Third Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Adams’ On The Transmigration of Souls, at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore; Strathmore, Bethesda; The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; and Carnegie Hall, New York City. The Grammy-nominated Naxos American Classics recording of Bernstein’s Mass was released in 2009.
The Peabody Children’s Chorus has also performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Lyric Opera Baltimore, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Conservatory’s Opera Theater and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. The Chorus has toured in England, France, Italy, Germany and Austria, performing in places such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, London; Wells Cathedral, Wells; St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome; St. Mark’s Cathedral, Venice; the Stephansdom, Vienna; the American Cemetery, Normandy; Notre Dame Cathedral and in the Dimanches Musicaux de La Madeleine Concert Series, Paris.