Who We Are
ChildrenSong of New Jersey is a choral music education and performance program based in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The program serves children between the ages of 8 and 18 in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties. The organization’s mission is to provide quality music instruction with the goal of attaining the highest level of artistic excellence in choral music performance.
The Chorus endeavors to enrich the lives of children from all religious, racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. A special effort is made to serve children who have limited opportunities for such experiences due to the circumstances of their schooling. Need-based scholarships are available.
ChildrenSong, now in its 18th year, has performed at:
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The choir has performed under the direction of Doreen Rao, Rollo Dilworth, and Bob Chilcott. Choristers have performed in a commercial for Korean Air LInes, at Citizens Bank Park for the Philadelphia Phillies, and participated in a recording session for the song Rocket Man by Elton John to accompany a book about runner Steve Prefontaine. The choir also performed with Caroline Jones, an up and coming performer who featured their performance at her family's famous light show spectacular in Greewich, Connecticut.
The Chorus also hosts educational events for area teachers and students, including the annual Children’s Songfest and various teacher workshops.
Through its music activities, ChildrenSong fosters the personal and social growth of its members and promotes their sense of self-esteem. It gives children a feeling of accomplishment and pride and exposes them to the values and benefits of other societies through multicultural music.
ChildrenSong of New Jersey’s choral sound is rooted in the traditions of the classic children’s chorus. It is a choral tone that cultivates the celebrated clear tone of the English boychoir but transcends it to include the vibrant qualities and heady vocal sounds of American youth. The repertoire draws from a broad range of musical genre both international and multicultural.
A number of activities occur in support of the organization and its mission. ChildrenSong of New Jersey is a volunteer-run organization, staffed through a network of committees. Under direction of the Board of Trustees parent volunteers handle the the critical operations of the Chorus, which include practice and performance management, control of various ChildrenSong assets including music and finances, uniforms, public relations, travel and tour logistics, and logistics associated with specific fundraising events.
ChildrenSong’s Form 990 IRS filings are available on the GuideStar site (registration required).