Children’s Choir in large holiday demand


The Indianapolis Children’s Choir is in midst of its busiest time of the year.

The year was made even busier with Thanksgiving coming so late.

ND ICC 1210 Josh Pedde head shot

“We’re highly in demand,” ICC Artistic Director Joshua Pedde said.

The holiday performances include Dec. 13-14 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis. Angels Sing, featuring the most advanced choirs, will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14; Celebrate the Season will perform at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14; and the Sounds of the Season’s concert is set for 3 p.m. Dec. 14.

The theme is music from movies.

“We spent some time researching all the holiday music we find in different movies,” said Pedde, a Carmel resident. “Even as background music, ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ has ‘Jingle Bells as a background song. There is a lot of research. The preparation goes back to the beginning of October to start getting all the music learned.”

The ICC serves approximately 5,500 children, including a large group from Hamilton County.

Erin Mayer has two children, Katie and James Mayer, in the ICC

“As a parent, I have really enjoyed the fact that she has become a better singer and grown in confidence over the years that she has been involved in ICC,” Erin Mayer said.

ND ICC 1210 Katie Mayer head shot

Katie, a Carmel High School freshman, said the best part of her experience with the ICC was her trip to Europe last summer. She sailed down the Danube River on a river boat cruise for several days and got to visit Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Germany.

Katie is a member of Indy Voice 1 and has been involved in the ICC since second grade.

James, a third-grader at Mohawk Trails Elementary, is a member of ICC’s Carmel prep choir.

“As a family, we have really enjoyed watching them perform together at concerts over the past year,” Erin Mayer said.

Bethany Eckert’s son, Braedon, is a CHS freshman and a member of Indy Voice 1.

“This opportunity has allowed our son to experience so many different events and meet so many amazing people, it is hard to narrow it down to one best, but friendships, deep, meaningful and close friendships is pretty much the top of the list,” Eckert said. “As parents, we are thrilled that Braedon has the opportunity to be part of this choir, full of motivated and extremely talented young people. They know how to work hard together to memorize scores of music, but they know how to play together as well. The friendships that are made in choir are lasting friendships.

“Our son’s dearest and best friends have grown up with him in the choir. In the craziness of the world that we live in, this is a time each week where Braedon feels loved and appreciated by his friends.”

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