Raising Voices

Raising Voices

The Foundation for Our Future

In 2016, CCC embarked on a three-year campaign to invest in the sustainability, artistic vitality, and expansion of service of the Choir. Raising Voices inspired more than $12 million dollars in support to secure a bright future for the next generation of Chicago’s global leaders.

Artistic Initiatives

Productions, collaborations, and performance partnerships are a cornerstone of CCC, strengthening young people’s voices and sharing their stories. Artistic Initiative funding has laid the foundation for ongoing work—and given new life to projects in response to the evolving landscape of our city. Support empowered new commissioned works, large-scale performances for broad Chicago audiences, and artistic partnerships that inform the Choir’s creative future.

Artistic Highlights

  • CCC’s 2017 One Voice album, featuring compositions by CCC alumnus and Composer-in-Residence W. Mitchell Owners III

  • The critically acclaimed production of Long Way Home, a 2018 CCC-commission in partnership with The Q Brothers

  • 2019 performances of GRAMMY Award-winning composer and CCC alumnus Ted Hearne’s Unsettlement Anthems at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Chicago

  • A CCC winter celebration of our singers and the season, Winter Glow, at The Geraghty in Pilsen

  • The album recording of Long Way Home, released in 2021 and available to stream on all major platforms

  • The development of CCC’s newest commission, Rainbow Beach, throughout 2020 and 2021


Program Expansion

Reflecting on a 65-year legacy of service, Raising Voices centered music’s accessibility and resonance for even more youth in our city. Engagement of up to 5,200 youth was funded by Program Expansion funds over multiple years.

Between FY16 and FY20:

  • School partnerships increased more than 16 percent (from 79 to 92 schools);

  • Neighborhood Choir service expanded by an overwhelming 55 percent (from 629 singers to 972 singers);

  • CCC opened its 11th Neighborhood Choir program in Bucktown in 2019;

  • launched a 12th Neighborhood Choir site in Gage Park in fall 2021; and

  • expanded advanced Presto ensembles at several Neighborhood Choir locations.



The Raising Voices campaign included the establishment of the first-ever CCC endowment, providing vital funds that, over time, will generate regular income to support CCC annual operations.

This reliable and sustainable revenue source will ensure that CCC can respond to economic changes, community needs, or unexpected opportunities—all without compromising our future.

Board of Directors

Donor Community & Philanthropic Leaders

Thank you to the members of the CCC Family who supported Raising Voices and the transformative work made possible by the campaign, forging a path for us to move forward.

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