Our History

The Palatine Children's Chorus was founded in 1987 by Judy Meyer Hays and since then has become one of the Chicago area’s premiere children's choruses. Supported by the Palatine Park District, the PCC program has grown to include children as young as 4 and as old as 18 in 6 individual choirs led by 6 adult staff. Under Artistic Director Susan Falbo’s leadership (1994-2012), Concert and Honors choirs began touring in 1997, experiencing cultures and music as far east as Vienna and as far west as Hawaii. During our 25th “Dare to Dream” anniversary year, we focused on new goals and opportunities for all of our singers, even our youngest, and rededicated our energy to our mission, giving children enthusiastic, energetic music education and outstanding performance opportunities. New Artistic Director Rachel Rosellini, a former PCC singer, is continuing that dedication: to nurture in each singer the confidence, satisfaction, and joy music brings.

To find out more about our individual choirs, please go to Our Choirs

Our Tours

1997- Niagara International Music Festival

Our very first tour was to the Niagara International Music Festival in Niagara Falls, Canada. We saw the sites, rehearsed under the direction of Doreen Rao, and learned a lot about touring!

1999- National Children's Choir at Carnegie Hall

Under the direction of Henry Leck, the Concert Choir made its Carnegie Hall debut.

2000- 100th Annual Hobo Day's Festival in Britt, IA (Honors Choir)

A little bit off the beaten path, Honors embarked on their first tour to Britt, Iowa for the annual Hobo Days Festival, and then continued on to Minneapolis before heading home.

2001- Wales, London and Canterbury Cathedral

Concert Choir traveled across the pond to the United Kingdom for 10 days, where our singers performed in Cardiff, Wales with a Welsh children’s chorus; Stratford-Upon-Avon; Windsor; London; and twice in Canterbury Cathedral where they studied with David Flood, cathedral organist and choirmaster.

2003- Quebec and Montreal

Like traveling to Europe but without the distance, Concert Choir toured the French-Canadian province in 2003. See pictures from our tour here.

2004- New York City (Honors Choir)

Honors Choirs second tour included a performances at South Street Seaport and St Patrick's Cathedral

2005- Pacific Rim International Children's Choir Festival in Hawaii

In 2005, the Concert Choir again had the opportunity to sing under Henry Leck's direction. With a number of other children's choirs from across the country, we sang concerts in both northern Oahu and in Honolulu.
To see pictures from our Hawaii tour, please visit our photo site from the tour.

2007- 20th Anniversary Celebration Tour to Austria and Italy

To celebrate the choir's 20th anniversary and their 10th year since beginning their touring program, PCC embarked on another trip to Europe including some of Europe's most musical cities: Vienna, Salzburg and Venice. In Salzburg, the choir performed as part of the Cantus Salisburgensis.
To see more about the Celebration Tour, visit our tour blog.

2008- San Francisco (Honors Choir)

Honors Choir spent a lovely weekend in the city by the bay, performing in St. Mary's Cathedral and at the Golden Gate Park Bandshell.
For pictures and video from the tour, visit the tour blog.

2010- Crossroads Children's Choir Festival in Nashville

Concert Choir spent 6 days in Music City, USA, rehearsing under the direction of Stephen Hatfield and performing on the famed stage of the Ryman Auditorium.
For pictures from the tour, visit the tour blog.

2012- Barcelona and Madrid

Concert Choir spent 7 days in Spain, rehearsing under the direction of Henry Leck and performing in many wonderful venues including Sagrada Familia.

2014- New Orleans

Concert Choir attended the Crescent City Children's Chorus Festival and had a great time!

2015- New York

Concert Choir performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the world premier of Exodus, a magnificent piece composed for orchestra, adult voices, and children's voices by acclaimed composer Earnestine Rogers. PCC was thrilled and honored to receive this invitation.

2016- Ireland!