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Chester Children’s Chorus Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Chester Children's Chorus (CCC) recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a choral concert in the Matchbox attended by more than 130 community members and longtime supporters. The anniversary, part of Swarthmore's Celebration of Black Excellence this academic year, recognizes the tremendous growth of the CCC and the vision and dedication of its founder and artistic director, John Alston H'15

The Chester Children's Chorus provides an intensive, sophisticated, and joyful choral music experience to young people of the City of Chester and supports their academic achievement and personal development. 

The Chorus celebrated their 25th anniversary with a choral concert in the Matchbox attended by more than 100 community members and longtime supporters.

The 25th anniversary of the Chester Children's Chorus is part of Swarthmore's Celebration of Black Excellence this academic year.

The Chorus began with seven boys from one elementary school; it now serves more than 100 boys and girls in 3rd through 12th grades from every school in Chester. 

During their careers, Chorus singers will learn and love Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah, as well as the music of The Beatles, Queen, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin. 

Executive and artistic director John Alston H'15 founded the Chorus while a Swarthmore College music professor who wanted Chester children to have the same opportunity to change their lives through music that he was offered as a boy by the Newark (N.J.) Boys Chorus.