Pro Musica Youth Chorus educates, empowers, and welcomes young singers to grow and express themselves joyfully through diverse and exceptional musical experiences. We provide a musical home where children can develop, share their voices, and become a part of a singing community.
"Land is something sacred to all of us, whether we consciously appreciate it or not — it is the space upon which we play, live, eat, find love, and experience life" (Native-land.ca). Visit this online resource to learn more about land acknowledgements -- what they are and why they matter -- as well as learning about whose land you reside on and how you benefit from living on what was traditional territory of indigenous people.
Pro Musica Youth Chorus acknowledges that here at our home at First United, (who generously hosts our rehearsals and concerts,) we are on the traditional territory of several indigenous nations including Peoria, (including Kaskaskia, whose descendants are counted among the Peoria,) Bodwéwadmi (Potawatomi), Myaamia (Miami Nation of Indiana and Miami Tribe of Oklahoma) and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Oglala Sioux).
We further acknowledge that these native nations are present among us now (with more than 65,000 Native Americans living in the Chicagoland area). We are learning more about the true history of our land and its stewards -- past, present, and future – and we formally recognize that we are on Native land as a way to offer respect.
"You are on Native land" -- from the introduction to the Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories -- a new and highly recommended exhibit at The Field Museum.
Pro Musica Youth Chorus performs in a variety of venues, in community and ecumenical events, and professional engagements. PMYC sings annually with the
Joffrey Ballet at the Auditorium Theatre, and has sung with Chicago Choral Artists, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest at Orchestra Hall, The Oriana Singers and City Voices in the annual Sing We Joyous holiday concerts, sang the National Anthem for the Chicago White Sox, and performed during intermission at a Chicago Wolves hockey game. Pro Musica collaborates regularly with other local youth and adult choruses.
PMYC has been the Featured Choir in the National Children’s Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall. They have a history of international touring, including trips to England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. They have sung in London, England at Westminster Hall for the New Year’s Day Celebration, and for the Lord Mayors of London.
Pro Musica Youth Chorus began in 1990 as the Oak Park and River Forest Children’s Chorus. Originally just one ensemble under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Paulin, the Chorus expanded quickly into a multilevel organization supported by an artistic and administrative staff and a board of directors. Currently, the chorus has five performing ensembles with singers pre-K through 12th grade.
Through developmental, performance-based programs that explore a diverse range of the finest choral music, the Chorus transforms natural love of song into artistic excellence; teaches musical skills and appreciation; promotes personal poise, confidence, and responsibility; develops cooperation and teamwork; and prepares leaders of artistic life for our communities. We are grateful to Bill Chin and Beth Albrecht for their dedication over the years and for their continued support.