The proclamation, signed by Village President Alexander Demos and presented by Village Clerk Catherine Galvin, referred to Anima as the “travel team of local youth choirs” and lauded the chorus its international reputation for excellence. In its 50 year history, the Chorus has performed worldwide and under many eminent conductors. It has also won several national awards from Chorus America, most recently in 2013, plus four Grammy Awards for recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Artistic Director Emily Ellsworth thanked the Village Board and said the Choir was “proud to have its home in Glen Ellyn for the past half century.” Anima recently moved its administrative headquarters to the Main Street Recreation Center near downtown Glen Ellyn, where rehearsals have been held for over 45 years. “You can call us the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus forever!” Ellsworth added.
The proclamation also praised Anima for bringing many parents and singers to the Village for practices and concerts at least four days per week year-round and the remarkable opportunities and education the chorus has offered the youth of the Glen Ellyn community over the years. “We are thrilled by this recognition and intend to keep our Glen Ellyn base for another 50 years!” concluded Ellsworth.