The mission of the Pensacola Children's Chorus
is to foster the personal and social growth of its members and transform the community through inspirational musical experiences.
Since its formal beginnings in 1990, the Pensacola Children's Chorus has sought to inspire and transform the lives of young people through music and the performing arts. Formed out of the children's choir program of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, PCC formally incorporated in 1994 as an independent 501(c)3. Today, PCC performs for an audience of 25,000 individuals each year in 40 community performances.
PCC's performance résumé is vast, though its first concert similar to the Broadway-style musical revues it mounts today began in early 1990s with the first Showtime performance. Held in the parish hall of First Presbyterian Church to a large crowd, it was clear that a move to a bigger venue was in order, and thus performances at PCC's Saenger Theatre became a staple of the regular concert calendar. Soon after, the first Christmas on the Coast came to life in 1995 and has since been a beloved holiday tradition in Pensacola.
In 1997, operations relocated to a permanent facility on the campus of First Presbyterian Church, a place it still calls home today.
Artistic Director Alex Gartner was appointed by the Board of Directors in 2016. Since this time, PCC's program offerings have dramatically expanded to include 9 resident choirs, multiple summer camps, and several community initiatives. During the 2020-2021 season, PCC reached an estimated 18,000 K-12 youth through in-person and virtual programming.