Local singers add voices to Indianapolis Children’s Choir

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Children’s Choir began its 32nd season in late October, and this year several performers are from the Hancock County area, including a few children from New Palestine.

Aubrey Campbell of New Palestine is set to perform in Celebrate the Season at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, while Andie Anderson and Sophie Rosenbaum, both also of New Palestine, will be featured in Sounds of the Season at 3 p.m. Dec. 16, at St. Luke’s.

Joshua Pedde, the choir’s artistic director, is working with the children to feature his style of programming by creating fun yet meaningful concerts, he said.

According to the choir, it is one of the largest children’s choirs in the world.

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Founded by Artistic Director Emeritus Henry Leck and currently led by Joshua Pedde, the choir serves about 5,500 Central Indiana children from preschool to high school ages.

The choir kicked off this year’s season in late October with a renewed focus on its year-round mission to educate students through choral performance, Pedde said. He said he’s looking forward to the upcoming holiday season and is pleased to be working with so many children from outside of Indianapolis, including those from Hancock County.

“One of the things the Indianapolis Children’s Choir is all about is community and bringing people together,” Pedde said.

He said he likes watching all the young singers come together and learn to perform as a group as well as develop friendships.

“It’s wonderful to bring kids together from diverse backgrounds and different beliefs and different cultures,” he said. “We bridge all of that through singing.”

The music coming out of the friendships always ends up being top notch, Pedde said.

The choir will perform its annual Christmas concerts the third week in December.

The special holiday event starts with Angels Sing at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

This year’s theme is “White Christmas” and promises to be a classic holiday concert inspired by legendary singer Bing Crosby.

Patrons will hear traditional carols and songs, but performed with a new twist, Pedde said.

For more details, including dates and times, visit icchoir.org.

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Kristy Deer is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3262 or kdeer@greenfieldreporter.com.