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Campanella Children's Choir and Educational Center unites children of different backgrounds on a wonderful path to artistic growth.
For almost 20 years Campanella Children's Choir helps regulate a busy intersection of cultural, ethnic, social, and heritage torrents within a diverse community of Chicago suburbia. As the choir grew from small group of singing toddlers to an award winning choral ensemble, it became the core of Campanella Educational Center, with a main goal to help children find and develop their artistic individuality thru music, arts, and teamwork.
In general, a choir is a true example of "all for one and one for all" work pattern, because here, like nowhere else, the team performance depends on everybody's contribution and responsibility. One of the most important lessons children learn at Campanella is that only a truly united team is a key to both collective and individual success. Campanella's choral education philosophy helps children find their own unique voice within the choir while supporting others, which require attentive listening to each other and creative cooperation.
At Campanella, we bring the choir's approach of creative cooperation to other aspects of artistic education.
As part of Campanella's Unite Thru Music program, students from diverse cultural backgrounds learn and grow together in a collaborative and stimulating creative environment. At Campanella, children perform songs in many languages - English, Russian, Spanish, French, Czech, Yiddish, Italian, African Bemba and Xhosa, and more, and from many cultures. It teaches them to understand, support, and accept each other's differences while working cooperatively as a team.
In addition to choir and solo singing, Campanella offers drawing and painting, art appreciation and art history, music drama, music theory, theater writing and staging, creative stage movement, and themed parties and camps. Our diffusing program is designed to culturally enrich children in the best traditions of classical education. The unique combination of our classes and clubs prepare kids to become creative leaders in the future life.
With an honorable goal of cultural education, Campanella is a true replica of the great American melting pot.
Campanella is not affiliated with any religious confession. Currently, the Center is located inside of St. Giles church, and we are grateful for this opportunity to erase borders between diverse backgrounds of our members while promoting tolerance, acceptance, and mutual understanding. United under one roof of St. Giles, we promote the world's musical culture by participating in local and national choir festivals, cultural programs, and events. Campanella's worldwide repertoire includes classical and modern songs, folk music of all continents, and opera. Children of American, mixed, and immigrant families from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Korea, Mexico, and other countries sing and learn together in an open atmosphere of cooperation and support.
Campanella instructors are a group of like-minded professional educators and volunteers on a mission to discover and unfold children's natural creativity and talents, and help them reach their full potential. Careful attention is paid to kids with special needs, so they feel accommodated within the choir and able to reveal their creativity.
An active part of the community, Campanella helps unite it thru the music.
Campanella's concerts and performances have a significant cultural impact on the community. Choir performances at St. Gilis fill up the church four or more times a year, giving a unique cultural experience to the Wheeling/Glenview/Northbrook community.
Invitation concerts at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center gather a significant audience of holocaust survivors and their descendants; bring voices of the new generation to the museum; and give children a priceless opportunity to feel their heritage.
Annual Christmas concerts at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry are kids favorites because of the fantastic combination of big-audience performance and full day of museum explorations with family and friends.
Campanella Children’s Choir actively participates in Chicago JCC events, gives nursing home concerts, and participates in national music festivals.
Campanella hires professional musicians for top choirs concert accompaniment. Semi-annual live music concerts with hired musicians and big screen show of art masterpieces gain popularity among Campanella students, their families, and the community.
Campanella's projects combine creativity with a very limited budget.
From past years to the very recent days, Campanella Children's Choir have conceived, rehearsed, and performed a long list of singing and music drama performances. A great success was the January 2019’s concert “Spin Around the World”, featuring folk music and enacted folk tales from Africa, North America, Europe, and Latin America. Getting ready for the concerts and shows, children have many opportunities to express their creativity and train their leadership qualities, while working together on artistic concepts, techniques, and idea execution.
In the future, we hope to fulfill a number of wonderful projects that involve singing, acting, painting, and stage directing. Campanella's creative plans are only harnessed by our limited budget. Still, staying within tight financial boundaries never stopped us form planning and fulfilling many exciting projects.
A non-profit organization, Campanella exists for the sake of art, with a focus on choral singing.
In order to fulfill our mission we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support.
To keep attendance fees affordable to families, and to be able to provide scholarships for those who needs it, Campanella needs your help! Premises rental, special equipment, additional rehearses, costumes, transportation, etc., etc. can not be covered by the student's tuition.
Your generous donations will allow Campanella to broaden children's cultural horizons, help them culturally enrich the community, and become a truly intelligent, wide-educated leaders of the future America.
Every donation makes a difference. Help Campanella change the world into a better one.
Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us!
More information about Children's Educational Center Campanella:
- chris Barkidjija
- olga kulkin
- Julia Mukhina
- Meghan MacKinnon