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History 1964 - TODAY

Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus celebrated its 55th season in 2019-2020. One of the leading children and youth choral organizations in North America, its rich heritage has served as an artistic and educational model for many years. Recent national awards include the ASCAP Adventurous Programming award from Chorus America, the Tribute Award from Chicago A Cappella, the Non-Profit of the Year Award from the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce, the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America and the American Composers Forum, and the once-in-an-organizational lifetime Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America.

The Chorus is dedicated to transforming young lives through excellence in music education and choral singing. Its six ensembles serve children from over 35 different Chicagoland communities, with outreach programs reaching 1000 additional children annually. International tours have taken the Chorus to six continents.  Anima (AH-nee-mah) is the Latin word for breath, life, soul, spirit.

Performing frequently with Chicago’s major musical organizations, Anima's singers have performed under many of the world’s most eminent conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bernard Haitink, Semyon Bychkov, John Nelson, Jane Glover, Christoph Eschenbach, Claudio Abbado, and Georg Solti. Also committed to new music, Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus has commissioned over 80 new works for young voices in its history. Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus was the first children’s chorus in America to be recognized and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts for the professionalism of its work and captured four Grammy awards for its performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti.

Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus last appeared with the CSO in Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in October 2018, and for a series of performances of the holiday classic Home Alone (music by John Williams) in December 2017. Recent highlights include a concert tour to Greece in June 2018, an appearance with Grant Park Music Festival in August 2018 in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, and a tour to Washington D.C. including a festival performance at the Kennedy Center in June 2019.
JUN
2006

1964

THE BIRTH OF LIMMUD FSU

Glen Ellyn Children’s Theater Chorus founded by Barbara Born

Director 1964 – 1972

1969

GETTING BIGGER IN MOSCOW

First performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Featuring Berlioz’ “Damnation of Faust”

45 performances with the CSO to date
OCT
2007
SEP
2008

1971

HOLY LAND ARRIVAL

Glen Ellyn Children’s Theater Chorus becomes program within the Glen Ellyn Park District

1972

FROM UKRAINE WITH LOVE

Doreen Rao becomes Music Director

Margaret Hillis extends “Honorary Membership” to the Chicago Symphony
Chorus


GETC debuts at Ravinia

Over 20 Ravinia performances to date
OCT
2008
OCT
2008

1973

FIRST TIME IN JERUSALEM

We change our name to Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus (GECC)

1974

PARTY IN THE USA

GECC makes their first recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Mahler’s “Symphony No. 3”
AUG
2009
SEP
2009

1975

FAR EAST – HERE WE GO!

GECC makes their performance debut at Grant Park

1976

ITS TRUSKAVETS TIME

We begin charging tuition for our educational programs
SEP
2009
OCT
2010

1977

ODESSA TALES

GECC hires first administrative staff member

The chorus, along with Doreen Rao, is profiled on Chicago CBS program “Two on Two”

1979

CONQUERING THE CAPITAL OF CULTURE

Premieres 1st commission

Gordon Binkerd’s “On the King’s Highway”

80 works by 40 composers have been commissioned to date
SEP
2011
SEP
2011

1980

TEKUMAH IN VINNITSA

First benefit auction

First international tour to England

The chorus has taken 18 international tours to 6 continents to date

1982

WHEN NEGEV CAPITAL MEETS LIMMUD

The chorus receives tax exempt status and becomes its own nonprofit organization
SEP
2011
MAY
2011

1983

GLOBAL SUMMIT IN JERUSALEM

GRAMMY and Grand Prix du Disque Awards

Recording of Berlioz’ “Damnation of Faust” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Georg Solti

1984

NEW JERSEY IS OURS!

GECC is first youth/children’s chorus in US to receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

Bill Buhr named Principal Accompanist
MAY
2012
JUN
2012

1986

LET THE MOLDOVA GAMES BEGIN!

GRAMMY Award

Recording of Shoenberg’s “Moses and Aaron” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and Sir Georg Solti

1987

OLYMPICS IN NAZARETH ILLIT

GRAMMY Award

Recording of Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with James Levine
JUN
2012
NOV
2012

1988

THE TALE OF UZHGOROD

Lucy J. Ding is named Music Director

Doreen Rao becomes Music Director Emerita

1990

LIMMUD COLORS WHITE RUSSIA

Sandra Snow is named Music Director
JUN
2013
OCT
2014

1993

THE CANADIAN START

Lisa Roberts Sirvatka is named Music Director

1996

LVIV WELCOMES LIMMUD

Emily Ellsworth is named Music Director
OCT
2014
DEC
2014

1997

ON THE SHORES OF KINNERET

GECC sings with Sir Georg Solti on last recording made before his death

Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

1999

FOURTH CONTINENT-CHECKED!

GECC has premiere collaboration with the Soul Children of Chicago

The chorus has collaborated with the Soul Children 4 times to date
SEP
2015
MAR
2015

2000

MAKING PEACE IN KAZAN

GECC takes its first international tour beyond Europe/North America
Travels to Australia and New Zealand

2001

IT’S WEST COAST, BABY!

GECC receives the ASCAP Award
from Chorus America, for Adventurous Programming
JAN
2016
MAY
2016

2005

MINSK IS OURS

GECC commissions and premieres Imant Raminsh’s opera “The Nightingale”

Featured performers at Chorus America’s national conference

GECC receives the ABBY Award for Arts Management Excellence
from the Arts & Business Council of Chicago

2008

LIMMUD BY THE RED SEA

Anima-GECC receives the once-in-an-organizational lifetime Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America

Changes name to “Anima – Young Singers of Greater Chicago”
MAY
2016
FEB
2017

2009

MULTI-NATIONAL JOURNEY IS ON

Anima has its first performance with the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Performs Berlioz’ “Damnation of Faust”

GECC has performed 4 times with the Lyric, including a feature performance in the 2010 production of Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Anima receives the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America and the American Composers Forum

2012

LIMMUD COMES TO BAY AREA

Composer accompanies Anima on tour for the first time

Imant Raminsh traveled to his homeland of Latvia with the chorus on their Baltic tour
MAY
2016
FEB
2017

2013

MULTI-NATIONAL JOURNEY IS ON

Anima receives the ASCAP Award from Chorus America for Adventurous Programming

Anima received the Tribute Award from Chicago A Cappella

Anima received the Non-Profit of the Year Award from the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce

Brandon Pemberton is named the first Assistant Music Director

2014

LIMMUD COMES TO BAY AREA

Anima GECC celebrates 50 years and moves back home to 501 Hill Ave, Glen Ellyn
MAY
2016
FEB
2017

2015

MULTI-NATIONAL JOURNEY IS ON

Anima joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for their performance of Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et Les Sortilèges and performs the midwest premier of On the Transmigration of Souls by John Adams with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Choir

2016

LIMMUD COMES TO BAY AREA

Composers Stephen Hatfield and Roshanne Etezady join Anima as composers in residence
MAY
2016
FEB
2017

2017

MULTI-NATIONAL JOURNEY IS ON

Anima is invited to sing in Crowd Out Chicago, a 1000–voice performance by and for the people of Chicago at Millennium Park, in celebration of the Chicago Humanities Festival

2018

LIMMUD COMES TO BAY AREA

Anima premiers David Brunner’s HandSpeak,
a work that enables deaf and hard of hearing students to make music with a choral ensemble

Chorus America invites Anima to perform at its national conference

Charles Sundquist is named Artistic Director
MAY
2016

Anima

/AH-Nee-Mah/

The Latin word for Breath, Life, Soul, Spirit.

The joy of singing, fun, friendship, skill mastery, sharing, self-expression, professionalism, discovery, learning, teamwork, self-assessment, outstanding opportunities.
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