History and Mission

Festival Choir singing at the 2015 Holiday Concert

Dr. John Alston, former associate professor of music at Swarthmore College, founded the Chorus in 1994 to offer Chester children the same opportunity to change their lives through music that he was offered as a boy by the Newark (NJ) Boys Choir. The chorus began with seven boys from one elementary school and currently has 130 boys and girls, ages 8-18, from every school in the district. 

Today, the CCC numbers 130 children, ages 8-18, from every school in the city of Chester, PA.  The mission of the Chester Children's Chorus is to provide an intensive, sophisticated, and joyful choral music experience to young people of the city of Chester and to support their academic achievement and personal development. 

Our motto is "Strong voice, strong mind, strong spirit."