One Voice Children’s Choir
The One Voice Children’s Choir is comprised of 140 children from northern Utah along the Wasatch Front, Park City area, and Heber Valley. The age of the children who volunteer to be a part of the Choir ranges from four through eighteen. Although some of the members are LDS, not all are, and so the group is non-denominational. The choir got its beginning as the 2002 Winter Olympics Children’s Choir and was organized to promote the XIX Olympic Winter Games held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their theme song “It Just Takes Love” is featured on Light Up the Land: A Commemorative CD of the 2002 Olympics.
The choir was founded in 2001 by Masa Fukuda, an American songwriter, music arranger, and choir director, after composing the song “It Just Takes Love” for the 2002 Winter Olympics. He asked students to help create a commemorative CD for the Olympics. Some of the students, who were also performers in the “Children of Light” production, were volunteered to help train. After the Olympics, 25 students wanted to continue singing together. To keep working with them, Fukuda obtained help from supportive parents to establish the choir as a non-profit organization, and in the summer of 2005, the group was named One Voice Children’s Choir.
Under the direction of Masa Fukuda and Assistant Director, Anne Cecala, the choir meets year-round for once-a-week practices and performs 50 to 70 times. Their genre of music includes pop music, gospel music, classical music, Broadway musical songs, and patriotic songs.
Per their official website, “One Voice Children’s Choir is a non-profit organization that provides children the opportunity to cultivate an appreciation for music and share their talents while delivering a positive message.” Each of their vibrant performances indeed offers a positive message that leaves their audiences feeling uplifted and inspired.
Since its inception, over 500 Utah children have had the opportunity to participate in the choir. The One Voice Children’s Choir has received numerous awards in the recording industry including the prestigious John Lennon International Music Award, presented by Yoko Ono and George Martin, producer of The Beatles. For three consecutive years, 2014 through 2016, the choir has been the distinguished recipient of the Best of the State Award for Best Children’s Performing Group. In 2014, the group received the BOSS statue for the most leading medal winner in the Arts and Entertainment division and appeared on Season 9 of the reality TV show America’s Got Talent but was eliminated in the Quarterfinals in the Judges’ Choice. In early 2014 One Voice Children’s Choir was featured with Alex Boyé in a music video cover of “Let It Go” from the Disney movie Frozen. The video went viral with over 60 million YouTube views and was named YouTube’s Top Cover of 2014. In 2016, the choir won a Utah Music Award for best cover for their music video “Adventure of A Lifetime.”
The One Voice Children’s Choir has also performed for numerous dignitaries including Vice President Dick Cheney, Presidential Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Senator Orrin Hatch, Ambassador to China, Presidential candidate John Hunstman Jr., and philanthropist and humanitarian John Huntsman Sr. They have also had the honor of performing for two Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson – as well as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
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