Lock One to Host Indianapolis Children's Choir

Staff Writer

The Indianapolis Children's Choir will close out the 2017-2018 Lock One Community Arts Season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at the James F. Dicke Auditorium at New Bremen High School.

Tickets are available at Western Ohio Hardware, Minster, or at the door on the day of the performance. For group reservations or for information call (567) 356-2048 or go to www.lockone.org.

Each year, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) serves approximately 5,500 young people in, including more than 2,500 singers between the ages of 18 months and 18 years who are enrolled in the ICC’s weekly, in-depth music education programs. Founded in 1986 by Henry Leck, and under the leadership of Artistic Director Joshua Pedde, the ICC nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance.

Housed on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, participants in the ICC’s programs represent the diversity of central Indiana with children from nearly 20 counties, including all of the Indianapolis area suburbs and nearby rural communities. These children come from more than 359 schools and 56 school districts. Each week, the ICC holds 110 rehearsals and music classes.

The ICC performs in a wide variety of professional settings, helping set a standard of excellence in the children’s choral music world. The choir has performed often by blind audition for national professional music associations including five national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, Organization of American Kodály Educators, and American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

The ICC regularly appears with orchestras, professional artists, and ensembles of the highest caliber each year. In 2013, the choir was honored to sing for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu during his public address at Butler University. The choir has also shared the stage with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Brass, The Chieftains, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Carmel Symphony, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis Opera, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Judy Collins, Denyse Graves, Celine Dion, Sylvia McNair, Sandi Patty, Angela Brown, Marvin Hamlisch, and Barry Manilow. The choir performed the national anthem with Grammy-winner Kelly Clarkson at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis for the largest US television audience in history. Recording extensively, the ICC has produced 15 CDs including those with the Canadian Brass and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Two videos, In Endless Song, and Lives in Tune: The Legacy of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir commemorated major milestones.

The ICC has performed at many major sporting events throughout Indianapolis, including Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016. At the 2004 FINA World Swimming Championships, the choir performed live national anthems for all gold medal award winners. Additional live nationally televised performances have included the NCAA Women’s Final Four Championship Game, US Grand Prix/Formula One, the Solheim Cup international tournament, the Indy 500 Festival Parade, and more.