The Washington County Children’s Chorus was founded in 1995 by Christine Guy as a group dedicated to developing the ability of talented youngsters to sing together in harmony. Admission to the Chorus is by audition where children between the ages of seven and the completion of high school demonstrate the ability to match pitches and sing a harmony line.
The Washington County Children’s Chorus has performed in concert in Washington County, Maine at numerous locations and events, including collaborative efforts with Down East Community Hospital in a program promoting healthy lifestyles for young people.
In 1999 the WCCC teamed up with a neighborhood chorus of the Chicago Children’s Choir and Bangor’s Heritage Singers to present concerts at the Performing Arts Center at the University of Maine at Machias and the Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine, Orono. In the fall of 1999 the WCCC provided “back-up” to folk superstar Judy Collins at her holiday concert at the Maine Center for Performing Arts in Orono. In the fall of 2000 the Chorus traveled to Chicago for a week of rehearsals, performances and sightseeing.
In 2004 the Chorus traveled to the European nation of Luxembourg to participate in the 60th anniversary of WW2’s Battle of the Bulge. Performing at various locations, both modern and ancient, and learning about the country’s history was a special adventure.
In 2006 the Chorus traveled to Washington DC where it performed at various venues and had an excellent guided tour of the nation’s capital.
The WCCChorus released a compact disc in 2001 entitled “A Little Downeast Christmas.” The release of a second CD, “Peace, Light and Joy Around the World” occurred in November, 2009.
In June, 2010 the Chorus returned to Luxembourg in the heart of Europe for concerts and educational sightseeing. The Chorus teamed up with the Diekirsh Children’s Choir to participate in local events, performed in several concerts, met local students and musicians, entertained the Grand Duke and Duchess, and generally discovered what “the old world” is all about.
The Board of Directors and parents of the Chorus members made this an almost no-cost trip for all Choristers through fundraising and generous donations from businesses and individuals. Parents and chaperones paid their own way. Our hosts in Luxembourg provided many of our meals at no cost.
In June of 2014 the Chorus travelled to the Burgundy region of France. Based at a campground on Lac des Settons, the choristers performed in and toured numerous cities, villages, castles and cathedrals, winding up with a performance at Vespers service in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Developing a devoted fan base in the area, the group was immersed in the culture and history of the region, being invited to perform at formal events honoring the past and to participate in dinners and dances in the present. Again, this trip was made possible through the fundraising efforts of the directors and parents of the chorus and donations from businesses and individuals.
The Children’s Chorus is supported by the volunteer efforts of its Director, Accompanists, Board of Directors and the Chorus’ parents. There is no charge for participation. Financial support is received from Washington County businesses, the donations of individuals, Machias Bay Chamber Concerts, Inc, the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Community Foundation, and the United Way. Donations may be sent to Washington County Children’s Chorus, P O Box 707, Machias ME 04654. Rehearsal facilities are provided by Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Machias, Maine.