About Barrington Children's Choir

Carol Sesso, Artistic Director

Carol Sesso, Artistic Director

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. Today, with Barrington Children's Choir in its 34th season, the program continues to impact lives through music under the leadership of our Artistic Director, Carol Sesso. 

Mrs. Sesso is responsible for crafting the vision of the BCC choral program.  As director of our Prelude Choir and our Chamber Choir, and the ensembles AcaBella and Bel Canto, she helps build a program centered around two major performances and many other performance across our season. Mrs. Sesso is supported by our Grace Notes director, Joyce Haqq, who helps our developing singers grow through performance experience and education. 

Established in 1986, the Barrington Children's Choir (BCC) is currently comprised of over one hundred twenty 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.

A History of Barrington Children's Choir