Founded in 1994 by Dr. John Alston, The Chester Children’s Chorus provides members with singing, music theory, dance, and instrumental instruction and spans classical, gospel, and other musical styles. In recent years, CCC performances have become a popular weekend ticket, attracting standing room only and racially and economically diverse audiences throughout Delaware County. CCC student and Chester resident Rashad Rawls, 11 ascribes CCC’s popularity to members’ dedication to each other and love of good music. “We sing really good music that brings people joy and that’s why so many different types of people see us. We sing everything from pop to classical and people know that we’re a family.” Dr. Alston adds, “When our children sing, they know that their excellence makes their community a better place. And when people hear us sing, they know that excellence is possible in Chester.”
Dr. Alston knows first hand the power of music and the arts in transforming lives. He comments that his own life was transformed when he joined the Newark Boys Chorus as a youngster. Because the city of Chester, near Swarthmore, reminded him of the tough neighborhood where he grew up, Dr. Alston was determined to use his talents as a teacher, conductor, and singer to offer the children of Chester the same opportunity to change their lives through music that the Newark Boys Chorus had given him.
Empowered by his personal history, Dr. Alston has emerged as a respected advocate for art instruction in schools and the improvement of Chester - Pennsylvania’
For more information on Chester Children’s Chorus Tribute to Dr. King and future events, please contact Kirsten Halker-Kratz at (610) 328-8180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chester Children’s Chorus @ Swarthmore College: The Chester Children’s Chorus uses music as a vehicle to offer children who live in the Chester-Upland School District the opportunity to expand their intellectual and cultural horizons and strengthen their life skills. www.chesterchildrenschorus.org
The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts: The mission of The Chester Fund for is to provide children in Chester with a world-class education: one that combines academic rigor with artistic creativity; encourages personal responsibility;