The founding of the Barrington Children's Choir was the realization of a vision cherished throughout the career of Founding Artistic Director, Peggy Crawford: uniting the purity and simplicity of children's voices with the finest traditional and contemporary choral music.
Established in 1986, the Barrington Children's Choir (BCC) is currently comprised of over one hundred thirty choristers, in grades two through twelve, from many suburban communities. The following training is offered:
- Grace Notes - grades two through four, designed to inspire the youngest voices to sing with beauty while laying the foundation for continued choral training.
- Prelude - grades three through seven, training and performing choir designed to prepare choristers for Chamber Choir.
- Chamber Choir - grades six through twelve, primary performing choir, most experienced and focused choristers.
- Bel Canto Choir - elite ensemble open to any chorister grades nine through twelve.
- AcaBellas - auditioned acapella group, select members grades eight through twelve.
Each choir rehearses weekly, performs at the annual Winter & Spring concerts and performs at numerous civic, church and corporate events. The choirs typically tour every other year. The Chamber Choir participates in both domestic & international festivals, while the Prelude Choir travels domestically.
The organization is managed by a staff of choral directors & accompanists, an Administrative Director, and a Board of Directors that manage a high level of parental involvement which focuses on volunteerism and fundraising events.
Artistic Director & Conductor: Carol Sesso
Chamber / AcaBellas
With more than 40 years of musical experience, Carol has been the music director at various churches, directed high school, and children's choirs, children's musicals and plays, and has taught and coached piano and voice students. In District 220 she taught music at all levels, elementary through high school, coaching award winning acapella ensembles and choirs. In 2007 she joined the staff of BCC as an accompanist for the Noel Choir. A few years later she became the Intermediate Ensemble director, and in the spring of 2017 Carol was named Artistic Director. Building on the vision and mission established by founder Peggy Crawford, Carol's desire is that the choristers would find their experience with BCC to be one of connectedness, collaboration and community. She is driven by the belief that singing in our choirs develops not only musical skills, but also self confidence, self expression, discipline, work habits, team cooperation, poise, and life long friendships. Carol and her husband, Ralph, are long time residents of Barrington. They are the proud parents of four adult children, two of whom were BCC choristers. When she isn't conducting rehearsals or planning performances, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with her 7 (soon to be 8) grandkids! Carol holds a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan. Her graduate study was performed at Vandercook College of Music.
Conductor: Joyce Haqq
Joyce has 20+ years of teaching and directing experience with all age levels, ranging from infants (Kindermusik) through community college. She currently teaches choir at the middle school and high school levels in Barrington 220. Prior to joining Barrington 220, Joyce taught at Stevenson High School for 8 years. Most recently she has also directed "Ladyjazz", a co-curricular ensemble at Stevenson High School. Joyce graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in Choral Music Education. She is currently pursuing her master's degree from Concordia University of Chicago.
Conductor: Becky Clark
Grace Notes / Bel Canto
Becky has been a part of BCC since 1986. Becky currently teaches in Palatine School District 15 where she incorporates theater and dance into her musical programs. Becky holds a Master's degree in music education from Vandercook College and has studied with notable choral directors including Dr. James Litton and Henry Leck.