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.
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
Watch: This Land is Made for You and Me During a time when the future of many singing-based groups is uncertain, the Wilmington Children’s Chorus (WCC) is paving the way forward for Delaware’s arts organizations. In late July, WCC gathered members of our Performing Choirs outdoors to sing together for the first time since March.\ These outdoor rehearsals looked vastly different from rehearsals pre-COVID. WCC gathered choristers in groups of 30 or less. Children were required to complete symptom screenings and had their temperature taken upon arrival. All choristers were kept 8 feet apart and the singers and staff wore masks at all times. The successful gatherings will serve as a model for our fall season. Not only was this an opportunity to see each other in-person for the first time in four months, it was also an opportunity to honor the music of our spring season. While this isn’t how we planned to present “This Land is Made for You and Me,” we are still strong believers in its message. One in 11 Delaware residents is an immigrant. We’re proud to present highlights from “This Land is Made for You and Me,” a musical celebration of Delaware’s five largest immigrant populationsRead 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