In 1974, Colorado Children’s Chorale founder, Duain Wolfe, was asked to assemble a children’s chorus to perform in productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Central City Opera. Through that process, Mr. Wolfe recognized an ongoing need in the local arts community for a professionally-trained children’s choir. After the initial performances, the group was established as the Colorado Children’s Chorale with a primary mission as a performing ensemble and community resource.
Since its founding, the Chorale has extended its reach as a major performing arts institution beyond Denver and the Colorado Front Range through touring. This provides the ability to serve communities worldwide through music and expose our young members to other cultures, perspectives, and musical traditions, as well as serve our city, state, and our country as cultural ambassadors. Performing arts organizations call the Chorale when they require child performers, and choir members regularly perform alongside professional musicians. The Chorale also produces its own annual concert series and is engaged to perform for inaugurations, community celebrations, public concerts, private occasions, and high-profile events.
The Chorale’s mission was expanded in 1994 to include Education Programs which provide mentorship and guidance for teachers, and music and performance training for their students, at low or no cost. Through this program, the Chorale also brings music into schools through interactive performances which support curriculum standards.
In 2006, the Chorale partnered with its first public school to form a weekly community choir for children in the surrounding area. Today, the Chorale supports three non-audition community choirs, providing free access to performing arts that children within these communities may not otherwise experience.
Led by Artistic Director Deborah DeSantis and Executive Director Meg Steitz, the team consists of nine full-time and three part-time employees. In addition, 14 contract rehearsal assistants and pianists work consistently, but less than 20 hours per month. The Chorale also maintains 34 high-school-aged employees on the payroll – alumni of our program – whose primary role is production and logistical support for rehearsals and concerts.