The World Children's Choir is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run entirely off the generous donations from family, friends, community sponsors, and foundation grants. It is with your help that the choir can continue to support children in the local community and touch those in need worldwide.
Your tax deductible contribution of any size makes it possible for World Children's Choir to train and present singers from culturally, socially, and financially diverse communities. WCC singers bring their beautiful voices and messages of unity, hope, and peace to many audiences.
The World Children's Choir, appointed to the Artists Roster of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has performed for three U.S. Presidents (George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush); Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations; Queen Noor of Jordan; Queen Sofia of Spain; Mikhail Gorbachev; Justices of the United States Supreme Court; on numerous occasions at the White House and on Capitol Hill; for national and international television broadcasts; the White House Pageant of Peace, Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony; in the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Concert Series; and with the Wolf Trap Opera Company at the Filene Center.
Contributions may be made through our secure PayPal donation link or a check mailed to: World Children's Choir, 2128 McKay Street, Falls Church, VA 22043.
Reyhan passed to Heaven in a tragic accident in 2017. To honor Reyhan’s life, and her beautiful voice, heart and spirit, World Children’s Choir has established a scholarship in her name. Reyhan sang with us for seven years, and was a private voice student of the choir’s artistic director. She was much loved by her fellow singers and all who knew her. Reyhan, full of joi de vivre, always smiling and ready to do anything, was an inspiration and a leader. She loved and lived her short life to the absolute fullest.
Besides singing she was a very talented athlete, playing many sports, and also an instrumentalist. She particularly enjoyed and excelled on her cheer dance team, and competed nationally. Although all of us who knew and loved Reyhan are devastated, we know she is truly singing with the angels in the Heavenly Choir. We extend our love and deepest sympathies to her family. We will keep her close in our hearts and minds forever. Until we meet again, we love you, precious girl.
Eren Guendelsberger, passed away on December 26, 2017. Eren grew up in the World Children's Choir, joining when he was a little boy and singing with us until he graduated from high school. He was the artistic director's private voice student until his voice changed. James Selway, WCC associate director, gave him voice and piano lessons during his high school years. Eren attended their summer opera camp, performing in six productions. With WCC he sang in Carmen with Denise Graves and the National Symphony at Wolf Trap; in The Magic Flute at George Mason, and with Julie Andrews in a Disney Gala.
Eren also played violin in the Arlington County Honors Orchestra and a small ensemble, guitar, and djembe drum. Eren excelled academically, and was a member of the National Honor Society. He graduated from Oberlin College last spring, and was selected as the recipient of the R.J. Thomas Award. The monetary award is bestowed upon an outstanding CSCI major based not solely on grades but also involvement and contributions to the computer science department. Following graduation, he was immediately hired by Google.
More importantly than these many accomplishments, Eren had such a gentle, kind, caring and loving heart and spirit. WCC director remembers when his mother, Nese Boztepe Guendelsberger, introduced us so many years ago, but seems like just yesterday. What all of us at WCC will always remember is his loving kindness that included a sprinkle of mischievousness from time to time. When we saw that sparkle in his dark, warm eyes, we knew he would say something funny. It was such a joy to teach Eren. We will always remember him, and know he was given a wonderful welcome from the Heavenly Choir. Farewell until we meet again, dear friend.