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 inception in 1990, the Pensacola Children's Chorus has been firmly committed to inspiring and transforming the lives of young people in Northwest Florida through music and performance. PCC's story begins with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, who organized the Pensacola Symphony Children's Chorus in 1990. They appointed Susan Pote to serve as director and her husband, well-known composer Allen Pote, to serve as accompanist. The chorus's base of operations was First Presbyterian Church, a place it still calls home today.
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.
In 1994, the organization formally separated from the Pensacola Symphony to create the Pensacola Children's Chorus, an independent 501 (c) 3 corporation. 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.