Columbus and Central Ohio Children's Chorus Fdn dba Columbus Children’s Choir
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760 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Dr. Kerry Ann Haberkern  
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CEO/Executive Director
Dr. Kerry Ann Haberkern
Managing Director
Board Chair
Mrs. Lynn Coons
Community Volunteer

Fostering the personal growth of children through meaningful experiences in music education and vocal performance. 

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We performed in Granada, Spain as a result of a special invitation to the prestigious International Festival of Music and Dance.

  • We performed with the Columbus Symphony in the Holiday Pops and Carmen.

  • We performed for thousands in the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast. 

  • We completed our first season of the Community Engagement Unit, which provides music education to singers with limited access in King Lincoln, Franklinton, and South Linden. These services are offered free of charge.


  • We will present the fourth annual Children’s Choral Festival. The two-day event provides workshops for students grades 3-8; professional development for music educators; and a public performance at Capital University.

  • We will see increased visibility in the community as we celebrate our 20th anniversary.

  • We will increase the amount of need-based scholarships given to meet the needs of the community.

  • We will continue to work towards a diverse and well-rounded board of directors. Recruitment efforts will remain a priority for the current trustees.

  • Our conductors will receive enhanced professional development that results in a more uniform curriculum.

Background Statement

The Columbus and Central Ohio Children's Chorus Foundation, or Columbus Children’s Choir (CCC) is a nonprofit children’s choral program founded in 1996. Through the Kodály training philosophy, CCC provides children with the opportunity to explore music and expand their musical skills to the highest level of their interest and ability. CCC conductors guide singers by teaching them to appreciate a variety of musical styles, encouraging them to maximize their musical ability, and enriching their lives by exposing them to performance opportunities both locally and around the world.

Annually, the Columbus Children’s Choir serves more than 500 children and educators. CCC provides opportunities for children in grades k-12, with scholarships available to families with demonstrated need. In addition to year-round choirs, CCC annually partners with Columbus City Schools to offer the Middle School Honors Chorus. Every music teacher in the district is invited to select students in grades 6-8 to participate in the 8-week program that culminates in a performance at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast. 

CCC singers have traveled and performed at local, national, and international venues. They have sung with such notables as Celine Dion, Marvin Hamlisch, and John Lithgow; at national conferences of The American Choral Directors’ Association and the Organization of American Kodály Educators; and with the Chautauqua Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra. In June 2010, CCC received first place in the Youth Division of the American Prize Competition in Music, and in December 2011, the New World Singers traveled to the White House to sing for open house visitors during the holiday season. The New World Singers earned a bronze medal at the 2012 World Choir Games, and shared their talents in June 2014 at Grenada, Spain's prestigious International Festival of Music and Dance.

Statement from Dr. Kerry Ann Haberkern, Managing Director

Columbus Children's Choir fosters the personal growth of children through meaningful experiences in music education and vocal performance. Through high-quality music instruction program, we inspire artistic excellence, music literacy, and experiences that our singers take with them for a lifetime. As an organization, we are proud of the presentation, confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills our students learn by participating in our programs.

As a member of the central Ohio arts and education communities, CCC aspires to build and strengthen relationships with our neighbors and colleagues to contribute work and services that positively impact the lives of audiences, artists, and young singers everywhere.

Statement from Mrs. Lynn Coons , Community Volunteer

The board of the Columbus Children’s Choir is dedicated to the mission of the organization, fostering the personal growth of children through meaningful experiences in music education and vocal performance. As CCC progresses through it's three-year strategic plan, the trustees have a renewed commitment to the mission, sustainability, and growth of the organization, in order to serve our children efficiently and effectively. Under new artistic direction, the Columbus Children's Choir is expanding its reach to our surrounding communities. Working with Columbus City Schools and community arts organizations has allowed the Choir to create access to music for children who may not otherwise receive music education. The board continues to work with CCC's staff to balance governance and oversight, in order to best serve the children of central Ohio.



Dr. Kerry Ann Haberkern, 
Term Start 1/2015 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

Kerry Haberkern's work with the Columbus Children's Choir brings her full circle from growing up in the 90s music and theatre education programs of Columbus. Since that time, she has been involved in the performing arts in nearly every capacity. In 2013, she earned the doctor of musical arts degree from The Ohio State University, where her research focused on bassoon pedagogy. Kerry and her husband are founding members of the xYz Quintet and its engagement program the Chamber Music Experience, which is praised for its work teaching children to compose and perform their own music. As a performer, she held appointments with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and was a resident artist of the Music and Sound Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Dr. Haberkern holds degrees from the Louisiana State University; the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada; as well as The Ohio State University.

Mrs. Jeanne Wohlgamuth, 
Biographical Statement

Jeanne Wohlgamuth signed on as the artistic director of the Columbus Children's Choir (CCC) in June 2012. She is the vocal music teacher at Dublin Jerome High School, where her choirs have consistently received superior ratings at the Ohio Music Educators’ Association contests. In spring 2011, the Jerome choir traveled to Austria and wowed audiences with their beautiful singing. Mrs. Wohlgamuth toured Western New York and Niagara Falls, Canada with CCC's Santa Maria Choir in 2008. Mrs. Wohlgamuth is a graduate of Lowell University in Massachusetts and has studied at the Voice Care Network. She is on the faculty of the Master of Music in music education program at Capital University.

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 50 
Staff Retention Rate: 100% 


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Management Succession/Training Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Years Plan Considers 4
Current Plan Adopted 12/2012
Additional Organization Information

CCC partners with Columbus City Schools, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Transit Arts, Central Community House, Ohio Arts Council, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast to provide its engagement programming. 

CCC partners with organizations such as Columbus Symphony, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Franklin Park Conservatory, and Columbus Gay Men's Chorus to provide diverse performance opportunities.


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mrs. Lynn Coons,
Board Chair Term 6/2013 -  5/2016  
Board Members
Mrs. Betty Cattrell,  
Mr. Steve Cotter,  
Mrs. Debbie Crnkovich,  
Mrs. Vernoica Fenney-Okafor,  
Mr. Larry Icenogle,  
Dr. Mark King,  
Ms. Kimberly Kirtland,  
Dr. Jane Leiby,  
Mr. Robert Shane Paul CPA,  
Mr. Aaron T. Rausch,  
Mrs. Katherine Wolfe,  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 87% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 100%
Gender Female 58%
  Male 42%
Race African-American/Black 8%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 92%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
Suzanne Accetta ,
Peter A. Costanza Ed. D. ,
Mr. Rick A. Delaney ,
Dr. Jim Gallagher ,
Mr. Ken Keller ,
Mr. Michael Kirkman J.D. ,
Mr. Nathan Medley ,
Mr. James Skidmore J.D. ,


Community Engagement

Engaging community partners is a key aspect of CCC's strategic plan. Our choirs perform for and with a variety of organizations across central Ohio including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Columbus. We participate in charity events benefiting Nationwide Children's Hospital; corporate events for State Auto; and city events such as the Grand Illumination, put on by Columbus Parks and Recreation.

An additional program the organization hosts for musicians in our community is the Children's Honor Choir Festival. Music instructors from elementary and middle schools across the state are invited to recommend several singers to participate in a one-day workshop with a master conductor. The 2013 festival featured Dr. Robert Ward from The Ohio State University, and 2014 will feature Fernando Malvar-Ruiz of the American Boy Choir. Malvar-Ruiz will also host a workshop for teachers interested in additional professional development.


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Concert Season

The choir annually presents a season of three concerts: fall, winter, and spring, during which each of the five choirs performs its practiced selections. The literature performed varies widely depending on the level of the choir and the theme for each concert. In addition to the regular season concerts, the choir collaborates with a variety of arts organizations across the city, such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The Middle School Honors Chorus performs at the winter concert and at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast with one of the CCC choirs.

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Local, National, and International Performances

The Columbus Children's Choir offers local, national, and international performance opportunities to singers in grades K-12. Throughout our 18 seasons as an independent choir, CCC singers have had the honor of performing at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall and the White House; and across Europe, Russia, and the United States. CCC earned first place in the 2010 American Prize and a bronze medal at the 2012 World Choir Games.

In June of 2014, CCC's premier touring choir will perform at the prestigious International Festival of Music and Dance in Grenada, Spain.

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Children's Music Education

The choir's mission of fostering the personal growth of children through meaningful experiences in music education and vocal performance is the foundation of CCC's music education program. Conductors use the Kodaly method of music education to deliver sequential curricula that encourages appreciation for a variety of literature; enables singers to maximize their own musical ability; and enriches their lives by exposing them to a variety of performance opportunities.

Young Musicians are invited to join without auditioning. Singers in grades 3-12 are placed in the ensemble most appropriate to their age, personal musical development, and skill through an audition process.

Choir structure:

Young Musicians: K-2
Isabella: Grades 3-4, beginner
Nina: Grades 3-4 , more experienced
Pinta: Grades 5-8, learning to read and sing part-work
Santa Maria: Grades 5-8, more advanced reading and part-work skills
New World Singers: Grades 5-12, excellent vocal and part-work skills

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CCC Outreach Activities

The Columbus Children's Choir currently runs two outreach programs that bring music into the lives of less advantages students.

First, our Middle School Honors Chorus is in its fifth year of operation. This partnership with Columbus City Schools brings together students in grades 6-8 to learn additional music techniques from CCC conductors under the Kodaly philosophy. Students generally learn at least one piece in a non-English language, and work on music reading.

Music in the House is a partnership between the Columbus Children's Choir, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Central Community House, and Transit Arts. This program helps deliver weekly music instruction to the students at Central Community House's afterschool program.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 06/01/2015 - 05/31/2016
Projected Revenue $253,590
Projected Expense $253,590
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenues by Source

  2015   2014   2013  
Total Direct Support $86,322  $76,569  $58,860 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $86,322  $76,569  $58,860 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $59,354  $37,499  $42,239 
Interest and Dividends $87  $124  $194 
Membership Dues $99,911  $110,215  $100,593 
Special Events $35,007  $39,488  $42,977 
In-kind $35,030  $17,146  $9,350 
Other $1,238  $2,438  $2,534 
TOTAL REVENUE $316,949  $283,479  $256,747 

Expense by Type

  2015   2014   2013  
Programs $167,962  $152,224  $138,006 
Administration $86,269  $72,388  $56,158 
Fundraising $50,778  $58,408  $55,217 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $305,009  $283,020  $249,381 

Assets and Liabilities

  2015   2014   2013  
Total Assets $93,581  $92,159  $83,769 
Current Assets $91,818  $90,860  $81,896 
Total Liabilities $4,047  $14,565  $9,295 
Current Liabilities $4,047  $14,565  $2,269 
NET ASSETS $89,534  $77,594  $74,474 


TCF Staff:

Three one-time events took place in 2012: Kente Project, World Choir Games, and the White House Tour. This caused a decrease in revenue and expenses for 2013.

Documents Form 990 2015 Form 990 2014 Form 990 2013

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