Children’s Choir in popular holiday demand


For Abby Schafer, participating in the Indianapolis Children’s Choir is the perfect way to hone her skills.

“ICC gives me the opportunity to do what I love every week, sing, and also helps me to grow as a musician,” the 11-year-old Fishers resident said. “I learn music theory and techniques from my choir director that help me to become a better singer. I have loved making friends with kids from schools all around Indianapolis who love singing and music like I do”


This is a busy time for Shafer, a Holy Cross Lutheran fifth-grader, and the rest of the ICC.

“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.”

The ICC serves approximately 5,500 children, including a large group from Hamilton County. Schafer is in her third year.

“I loved singing in the ‘Sounds of the Pacific’ concert at Hilbert Circle Theatre last spring,” Schafer said.  “We learned many songs from different cultures and languages. It was very special to sing on the stage at Hilbert Theatre.”

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