The Davis Children’s Chorale was organized in 1995 by Rachel Kessler to perform the children’s chorus in Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion for the Greater Sacramento Bach Festival. Since its inception, DCChor has performed in several choral festivals, at weddings and for area organizations, along with their annual Christmas and Mother’s Day concerts, and Memorial Day commemorations. The Chorale appeared with the Davis Community and River City Chorales in the west coast premiere performance of Andrew Carter’s Te Deum, with the composer conducting. This concert resulted in the first CD recording of the Davis Children’s Chorale. Their second CD, entitled Two for the Price of One, is available for purchase at any DCChor concert.
In 1998, selected members of the DCChor participated in their first international tour, attending the Canterbury Festival in England, with Jean Ashworth Bartle, guest conductor. They gave additional concerts in London and Bath. In 2003, the Chorale hosted their own choral festival, visited by a children’s choir from Pilzen, Czech Republic (Mariella). DCChor reciprocated the visit with a tour of the Czech Republic in April, 2004, also performing in Prague, Karlovy-Vary, and Neustadt, Germany. In April 2003, DCChor traveled to New York City as part of the Heritage Children’s Choir Festival. This tour received national attention in both the Los Angeles Times’ Local and National editions (see image). At the festival, the ensemble received a perfect plus score and was commended on its tone quality as well as the ability to sing in foreign languages. While in NYC, the Chorale toured the UN, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Empire State Building. While visiting Ground Zero, they sang The Irish Blessing — a very moving experience for them as well as for those listening. Their last evening was spent on a Festival dinner cruise that circled the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It was a great trip, filled with many wonderful memories.
On May 8, 2009, twenty-five members of the Children’s Chorale traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Festival of Gold Competition, sponsored by Heritage Festivals. All choirs which participated in the competition sang in a mass chorus on May 12, 2009 at the Kennedy Center. Several members of the DCChor joined singers selected from other choral groups to be part of an Honor Choir, which also performed in the final concert.
The Davis Children’s Chorale was featured in a Spring 2003 and more recent performances with the Davis Community Chorale.