The International Children's Choir

The International Children's Choir

The International Children's Choir, whose existence was inspired by the song, "Let There Be Peace On Earth", has been delighting audiences around the world with song and dance since 1957. Comprised of children five to seventeen years of age, dressed in authentic costumes representative of their own unique ethnic heritage, The International Children's Choir is a celebration of our similarities and differences.

In 1966, the Choir opened the well-known attraction, "It's A Small World", at Disneyland and received a gold record for the recording of the ride's theme song. In 1984 the Choir was part of the opening ceremonies of the XXII Olympic Games in Los Angeles and in 1986 the Choir performed for Pope John Paul at the Los Angeles Coliseum for his American Papal tour. They have also sung for President Reagan and former First Ladies Hilary Clinton and Barbara Bush.

Over the past decade, Choir members have experienced many special opportunities in spreading the message of peace. A few of our singing and dancing highlights include:
1994 The Christmas Tree Presentation for The White House with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
1995 Performing with Alabama at the 50th Anniversary of the American Country Music Academy
1996 Riding on the 1996 Rose Parade Float for the City of Long Beach
The International Children's Folk Festival in Sochi, Russia
The beginning of the Coca-Cola Olympic Torch Relay with David Foster and at Olympic City
1997 Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
The People-to-People Interaction Concert Tour in Central Europe
1998 The Environmental Media Association’s Award Ceremony with Kenny Loggins
The 20th Anniversary of Camp David Accords with President Carter and Dr. Sadat
The Friends of Child Advocates’, “Give the Light of Hope to a Child” with Debby Boone
1999 The Beverly Wilshire Hotel to sing Happy Birthday to Barry Manilow
The 2nd Annual International Nile Children’s Song Festival in Cairo,Egypt
The L.A. Celebration 2000 singing “One Hundred Years from Now” with KABC
The LA Co. Probation “Remembering Children Who’ve Died” at Chandler Music Pavilion
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center Designation Ceremony
The World Peace Ceremony at Hsi Lai Temple
“Good Day Live” for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at House of Blues
The Long Beach Fire Department’s 31st Annual Meritorious Awards Ceremony
The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon with Maureen McGovern
The 30th Anniversary of the World Watershed Summit in Washington, DC
GospelFests at House of Blues in Hollywood, Downtown Disney and Las Vegas, Nevada
United Nations Day Celebrations for Pasadena, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Alta Dena
LA World Affairs Council 50th Anniversary with Larry King and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan
Multi-Faith Community Prayer Breakfast with Sheriff Lee Baca
Opening Ceremonies for the Peace Park of Long Beach
Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity Culmination Ceremony
Performing at the Polynesian Cultural Center and Ala Moana Center Stage in Honolulu, Hawaii
UNICEF’S Universal Children’s Day 2004, Los Angeles
“Operation Holiday Smiles”, US Armed Forces Family Holiday Party, for the USO
Multi-Faith Community Prayer Breakfast with Sheriff Lee Baca
Annual Multi-Faith Prayer for World Peace Ceremony at the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights
60th Anniversary Remembrance of the bombing of Hiroshima
Community Arts Showcase at Disneyland
Annual Tree Lighting aboard the Queen Mary
U.S. Olympic Touring Committee at Long Beach Convention Center
House of Blues Hollywood for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Organization
Performing at the United Nations, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Ground Zero, Ellis Island and the New York Aquarium
Performances at Disneyland, Disney Hotel and Disney California Adventure.
Performing at Knotts Berry Farm
Performing at Queen Mary Chill and Ice Kingdom - Yearly event
Performing at Queen Mary Tree lighting Ceremony
2012 - Celebrating 55 Years!
2012 - Mister Steven Celebrating 20 years as Choir Director
2013 - Grand ReOpening of Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX Airport
Grand Opening Harbor Gateway Neighborhood Park

The Choir has been featured on television and interacted with such celebrities as:
The Judds, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Shirley Jones, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Dionne Warwick, Ben Vereen, Michael Jackson, Alabama, David Foster, Richard Carpenter, Kenny Loggins, Michael Sembello, Victoria Rowell, Robert Guillaume, Angela Basset, Courtney Vance, Debby Boone, Barry Manilow, Olivia Newton John, Rosa Parks, Maureen McGovern and many others.

Internationally, the Choir has carried their musical message of peace to many parts of the world, including Mexico, Finland, Israel, Switzerland, Central Europe, Egypt, and Russia.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower called the International Children's Choir, "The world's littlest ambassadors." Through song and dance the Choir continues to carry on the tradition of spreading the message of peace and good will throughout the world. Though the voices and faces may change, the message remains the same: “Let There Be Peace On Earth And Let It Begin With Me!”