The Fairfield County Children’s Choir (FCCC) is a community-based choral program made up of 300 children in grades four through twelve from communities in and around Fairfield County, Connecticut. The FCCC was founded in 1995 to provide children the opportunity to participate in a musical experience which is challenging, rewarding and enjoyable. The FCCC program provides instruction in vocal technique, choral technique, music literacy and the appreciation of music through the practice and performance of great choral repertoire.
The FCCC has performed throughout New England as well as in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Maryland, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, Hawaii, Canada, England, Ireland, Austria and the Czech Republic. The group has shared the stage with such artists as Renee Fleming, Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz, Lawrence Gilgore, Sam Waterston, Christopher Plummer, Nick Page, Ivan Rutherford, Michelle Mallardi, Henry Leck, Bob Chilcott, Jean Ashworth Bartle and Rob Hugh.
Community service events have included performances for the Bridgeport Hospital, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Fairfield & JCCS Holocaust Commemoration Ceremonies, Visiting Nurses Association, Red Cross, Americares, Operation Hope, Catholic Charities, Malta House, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Pilot House, the Junior Women’s Club, the Milford LINKS, the Westport and Monroe Arts Councils, and The South Shore Music Series.
Collaborations for the 2011 – 2012 season included collaborations with Grammy Award Winner Tom Chapin, Connecticut Chamber Choir, Fairfield County Chorale, University of Bridgeport Choirs, Sacred Heart University Choirs, Elm City Girl’s Choir and Princeton Girl’s Choir. In June, FCCC hosted choirs from Australia and Columbia at the first International Choral Festival at Sacred Heart University.
“Powerful sources of spiritual enrichment spring from music… If the child is not filled at least once with the life-giving stream of music… it will hardly be of use to him later on. Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a lifetime”