The International Children’s Choir, now in its 25th year, is the realization of Dr. Kathy Sorensen’s vision to create a musical ensemble that celebrates folk music traditions, therefore deepening the understanding that one has of the humanity of others. Her doctoral research involved interviewing immigrants and refugees and asking them to sing their favorite songs. Many people interviewed had left oppressive regimes which had destroyed their instruments and outlawed their traditional folk music in an effort to take away their cultural identity. Her belief that music unites people and that it serves as a window into the soul of people from other cultures has led to the formation of a dynamic choral community.
The ICC, which includes children ages 6-17, is world renowned for singing in many languages and performing in authentic, colorful costumes from around the world. They have represented the American continent in the opening ceremonies of the World Choir Olympics in Xiamen China, performed in Austria, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Norway, and Russia and have sung for the Dalai Lama, royalty, heads of state, and for hundreds of dignitaries and delegations from around the world. The group has collaborated with the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Fredericke von Stade, John Williams, and the King Singers, and they have sung for video game and movie soundtracks. “But of course, our choir members are from right here in Utah; from different backgrounds, races and religions. Everyone is welcome!”