The Logansport Children's Choir, a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation, was founded in October 1988. Selection was made by auditions, which were open to third through eighth grade boys and third through twelfth grade girls from all public and private schools in Logansport, Indiana and surrounding areas. Those selected were encouraged to stay through middle school, and, in our Chamber Choir, into high school.
Divisions of LCC
Concert Choir: Consisting of students in grades 3 through 8, this group brought young singers together with experienced voices for the benefit of both.
Chamber Choir: Consisting of students in grades 6 through 8 from the Concert Choir, as well as veteran members of LCC in high school, this group was formed to provide our experienced singers with an opportunity to perform more advanced literature, and to progress at a pace appropriate to their level of experience. In major touring years, fifth grade students were invited to join the Chamber Choir in the second semester.
The choir has performed, in addition to local concerts, for the Indiana Music Educators Association (three times), the Indiana Elementary Music Educators Association, the Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association, for the National Convention of the Psi Iota Xi sorority, and for the Midwest Kodaly Music Educators Association. The group has also traveled to the International Children's Choir Festival in Canterbury and London, England and toured the northeast, including Niagara Falls and Toronto, Ontario. In 2001, the choir visited Italy, Austria, and Germany, with performances in Rome, Florence, Vienna, and Salzburg. In the summer of 2003, the choir participated in the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans, including tour stops at Mammoth Cave, Huntsville, Alabama, Memphis, and St. Louis. In the summer of 2005, the choir made their third European Tour, participating in the International Children's Choir Festival in Canterbury as well as singing and touring in the great cathedrals of London and Paris - including Notre Dame. The choir also was invited to and performed in the Midwest Choral Festival in May of 2006, hosted by the Indianapolis Children's Choir. In the summer of 2007, the choir toured the northeastern U.S. with stops in Boston, Hershey, PA, and Niagara Falls, including participation in the Vermont International Choir Festival in Stowe, Vermont. LCC celebrated its 20th Anniversary Season in 2008 with over 50 alumni returning to sing at the annual Spring Concert. The choir returned to Europe for the fourth time in July 2009 to participate in the Salzburg (Austria) International Choral Festival, including visits to Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany and Czech Republic. In the summer of 2011, the Chamber Choir again participated in the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans as part of a 12 state tour of the southern United States. To celebrate the Logansport Children's Choir's 25th season in 2013, the choir participated in the Pacific Rim Choral Festival in Hawaii. In the summer of 2015, the choir toured Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and Niagara Falls in Canada as well as Boston and the Northeastern United States. In addition to singing in and visiting Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, the Chamber Choir performed in Carnegie Hall in June 2017 as part of the National Children's Choir Festival under the director of Emily Ellsworth of the Children's Chorus of Greater Chicago as well as presented a concert in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. The choir completed their 12th major tour in June 2019, touring the southeastern United States with visits to and/or concerts in Nashville, Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Jefferson's Monticello, and Lexington, KY. The Chamber Choir traveled to Washington DC in June 2022 to visit and sing in some of the nation's most historic sites along with stops in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The choir celebrated its 35th and final season (for now) during the 2022-2023 school year with over 120 alumni in attendance at the Spring Concert.
The group has sung with choirs from 17 states and 5 countries as well as with several of Indiana's finest children's choirs. In addition, through the Logansport Performing Arts Council, the choir has had the opportunity to perform with recording artists Brenda Lee, The Lettermen, Judy Collins, and Rita Coolidge.
The choir has performed under the direction of internationally recognized conductors Mary Goetze, Henry Leck, David Flood, Z. Randall Stroope, and Robert DeCormier, and has commissioned five new compositions by recognized composers, including Mary Goetze, James Mulholland, Ruth Dwyer, liturgical composer, Steven Warner, and 2016 ACDA Raymond W. Brock Composition winner, Alex Berko. Numerous individuals from the choir have been selected for state, regional, and national honors choirs, representing our choir and city in New Orleans, Chicago, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Chattanooga, Washington D.C., Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Charlotte, NC, Denver, and Dallas.
LCC is a member of The Consortium of Indiana Children's Choirs.
The purpose of the choir was to offer talented students opportunities to learn more about music in general, and choral singing, in particular, than can be accomplished in the classroom or in the school choir. Rehearsal time was divided between warm-ups, exercises designed to teach proper singing techniques and musicianship, and work on pieces for performances. Literature was carefully selected to be appropriate for children's voices, and to expose the children to fine music, both by today's composers and by the masters of the past.
Founder & Director
Tim Cahalan is the former choir director at Logansport High School, Logansport Junior High School and Logansport Intermediate School as well as the former director of choral activities for the Logansport Community School Corporation in Logansport, Indiana, having retired from his teaching duties in May 2023. Mr. Cahalan received his BME from Indiana University and a MM degree from Butler University. He is a member of NAfME, IMEA, and ACDA. He has led reading sessions for choral directors at IMEA and ICDA conferences, has presented a clinic session on the child voice at the IMEA conference, and is a frequent clinician for choral festivals at both the elementary and junior high/middle school levels. In 2002 and 2008, Mr. Cahalan directed the Indiana All State Children's Honor Choir. He was selected as the 2009 Outstanding High School Music Teacher for the State of Indiana. Mr. Cahalan was the Area 3A chairperson for the Indiana All State High School Honor Choir. He also retired as the director of music for All Saints Catholic Church in Logansport in June 2022 after serving there for 37 years. He continues to bring music to the youth of Logansport through his private voice studio.
Board of Directors
The Logansport Children's Choir is a not-for-profit corporation, which is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. These individuals give their time, talents, and expertise to ensure that the goals of the choir are met in a clear and business-like manner.
The current Board of Directors consists of:
Candice Hinkle, President
Cassie Bault , Vice President
Kevin Brandt, Treasurer
Shelby Graham, Secretary
Carrie Klute, Member
Tim Cahalan, Ex-officio member
Accompanist & Choir Administrator
Susan Cahalan was accompanist and choir administrator for the Logansport Children's Choir. Mrs. Cahalan received her BS in Education from Indiana University. In addition to accompanying all LCC rehearsals and performances and carrying out numerous administrative duties for the choir, she was instrumental in planning and organizing all choir tours. Mrs. Cahalan is also a part-time organist/pianist at All Saints Catholic Church and accompanied all the choral ensembles at Logansport High School, Logansport Junior High School and Logansport Intermediate School, retiring from those duties in May 2023.