Introduction – The Houston Children’s Chorus, founded in 1989 by Stephen Roddy, involves over 200 children in grades 2 through 8 by annual audition. The Chorus is considered one of the top five children’s performing ensembles in the nation. Major funding is provided by the Houston Arts Alliance, the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, the Brown Foundation, Houston Endowment, the Kinder Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, as well as other major corporations and contributors. Education is the primary purpose of the Chorus, with a goal to teach children to achieve high artistic standards through choral singing and performance. Members of the Chorus represent all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.