Founded in 2001 by Liz Barrett, All Children's Chorus of Annapolis (ACCA) is a community chorus that strives for vocal excellence, diversity in our membership, and making a difference in the lives of our children by teaching them the rewards of hard work, team play and service to the community. A non-profit 501(c)(3) Maryland corporation, ACCA has a Managing Artistic Director, Assistant Director, and Accompanist. The corporation is governed by a Board of Directors.
We are proud of our comprehensive vocal education program that includes regular individual vocal instruction for each child. Our weekly rehearsals focus on vocal technique, ear training, Kodály solfege exercises, and performance discipline. Approximately twelve or more performances during the school year are held at various locations throughout the area. Highlight performances include a recent tour to Paris, singing with the Barenaked Ladies at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Holiday Sing at the Hippodrome, formal concerts with Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Opera and Opera AACC, singing at the U. S. Naval Academy Chapel, participation at area festivals, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, the Young Voices of Maryland Choral Festival, the Boys and Girls Club, celebrations for local VIP’s, sing-a-longs, memorial celebrations, and outreach concerts. Civic-minded professional area musicians will accompany the children from time to time.
The members of ACCA are serious about their music. There are three levels for children ages 6 to 18: Training Chorus, Treble Chorus and Chamber Singers. The artistic directors select music carefully to ensure the artistic merit, the challenge to the children, and a diversity of styles. The music transcends cultural and theological boundaries, from old Welsh folksongs to the classics of the old masters to the best of contemporary composers. The Chorus has been cited by the County Executive for a commitment to excellence and diversity. Members of the chorus have been selected to participate in the highly regarded All-State Choruses, Honor Choirs of the American Choral Directors Association conferences, as well as having landed roles with most regional theater companies including Washington National Opera. ACCA is the pride of Annapolis.
We welcome and actively seek children from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and neighborhoods. Our children attend different places of worship and schools in Annapolis and the surrounding areas. Our music provides the choristers the opportunity to sing in different languages and across the boundaries of other cultures and theologies. Membership is by audition. Our funds are raised through tuition, fundraising projects, an annual fundraising concert, and private and corporate donations.