The Wilmington Children’s Chorus name has become synonymous with excellence: excellence in singing, excellence in performance, and excellence in education. A multi-cultural children's choir, WCC gives youth the opportunity and tools to excel while enriching the community with the unique sound and spirit of children’s voices. WCC involves over 300 singers, ages 5-18, in five different performing ensembles and three Neighborhood Choirs in collaboration with OperaDelaware. They regularly collaborate with the region’s top arts organizations and engage in international exchanges with young musicians from Wilmington's Sister Cities. Since 2002, WCC has provided this high-quality educational program for youth without the burden of tuition or membership fees.
With an added focus on the force for good that WCC has been in our community, the chorus has introduced its new initiative, Better Together, where the choristers use their voices to share a positive message of hope and harmony. As they sing, serve, and stand together, they make a difference in our city.
Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Our year started on January 12, 2020. Choristers began rehearsals for our planned spring concert, titled This Land is Made for You and Me. Our first performance in the new year! It's a WCC tradition to honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by singing spirituals at the Delaware Bar Association's annual breakfast. Our first ever open rehearsal! We invited our families, donors, and friends across the community to come get a "behind-the-scenes" look at a WCC rehearsal. The last normal day. This rehearsal was conducted by Maestro Amado from the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. At the time, they were preparing for a performance of Holst's The Planets with the DSO. WCC tries something brand new! Virtual rehearsals begin following WCC's temporary closure on March 13th. We are so grateful for the dedication and flexibility ofour families. In a historic move, WCC transitions from a project of Cityfest (a non-profit affiliated with the Mayor's Office) to a stand alone non-profit organization!Pictured: our incredible Board of Directors! WCC's 15th annual summer camp looked different from years past. One thing remained - our 99 campers had an absolute blast and learned a lot! The moment weRead More
Meet our New ED! WCC's new Executive Director, Lianna Magerr, sat down to answer some of your questions about WCC! You're new to your position, but you've been with WCC for a long time. What is your WCC story?I joined the WCC musical family as a chorister! I auditioned in 2007 as an eighth-grader and it was a life-changing experience. I grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania, so being exposed to the City of Wilmington and a new, diverse group of friends shaped my world view. That's the magic of WCC - bringing young people from all walks of life together and uniting them through music! It's been quite a journey since then! I love this organization so much, I never left. I worked as an intern all through high school and college. Later, I became the Manager of Operations and one of our Neighborhood Choir teachers. All of those experiences helped me get to know the organization deeply and prepared me for my new role. Lianna at WCC's 10th anniversary concert! What is your favorite WCC moment throughout the years?There are so many to choose from! From my very first performance with WCC (singing at the Barack ObamaRead More
Unlike other community choirs across the country, WCC has no tuition or fees. We have chosen to do things differently so that every child has open access to our exceptional program. WCC is entirely supported by grants, concert tickets proceeds, and individuals like you! Please support the WCC today, and keep music in the lives of the youth of Wilmington!Donate Now