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Chicago Children’s Choir’s mission has an impact that spans generations and includes a network of more than 50,000 alumni who continue to inspire and change lives.

Our alumni are global leaders who blaze trails in their industries with an emphasis on community, education, and activism, representing excellence in every aspect of their work.

Our alumni network's international reach advances opportunities for all as they amplify new voices and ideas across many professional fields including science, government, education, business, entertainment, technology and more. These leaders continually engage with and support CCC through stewardship, volunteering, performing and connecting with current singers and audiences.

Choir Years: 1999-2001

Cory Cleggett

Cory Cleggett is a systems engineer for Northwestern Memorial Hospital who says that helping others is “in my DNA.” His extensive volunteerism includes helping youth develop computer skills, coaching youth sports, providing mentorship, as well as supporting many organizations including Chicago Children's Choir. For his efforts in helping the homeless and other volunteerism, he was a recipient of the 2020 Humanitarian Award at Northwestern Medicine’s 41st Annual Humanitarian Awards Program service. The awards are presented to Northwestern employees and physicians who embody Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s humanitarianism. Family is first and nothing brightens Cory's day more than waking up and hearing his sons call for him, or his morning talks with his wife.

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Choir Years: 2005-2007

Elle Ramel

Elle Ramel is an economic and community development professional with a focus in business growth, land-use, and city innovation. She is founder of City Open Workshop—a pro-bono planning and design service group for Chicago communities—and the Chicago Director of GET (Gender Equality in Tech) Cities. GET Cities is an initiative designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of women in tech to meet the demands of the industry’s future. As Chicago Director, Elle helps to build and connect the tech community, to create new pathways into tech, and to work with academia to accelerate the pipeline of female talent. Elle is a graduate of Yale University and received her Master’s in Urban Planning from Cambridge University. She is a member of CCC’s Ambassadors Board.

Choir Years: 1998-2009

Joe Kern

Joe Kern was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago where he first discovered CCC through the Beverly Neighborhood Choir. CCC helped connect him to different global communities and cultures at a young age and laid the foundation for his work with Habitat for Humanity through college and his service as a community health volunteer with United States Peace Corps (Zambia 2013-2015). He is currently a General Surgery Resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with interests in global health and access to surgical care for lower-income communities. He continues to be engaged in diversity and inclusion efforts and strives to provide mentorship and guidance to high school, college, and medical students whenever he is able.

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View alumni featured in CCC’s 2019-20 Annual Report.

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