This website is dedicated to preserving and making widely available the history and music of the Inland Children's Chorus, which was an original and historically unique contribution by American industry to young people, the community, and the performing arts.
The Chorus was sponsored from 1936 to 1970 by the Inland Manufacturing Division of General Motors Corporation to give 8- to 16-year-old children of employees "a musical education and training which they otherwise might not be able to obtain and to make a contribution to the cultural life of Inland employees and the community." Inland engaged Broadway theatrical designer and Tony Award nominee Raymond Sovey to stage the concerts. The Chorus often performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and gained national acclaim on radio and television. The Inland Children's Chorus has been called "one of Dayton's greatest by-products of industry." (DPO70)
View a one-minute video profile of the Chorus history from the Dayton Daily News developed by journalist Lisa Powell of the Cox Media Group. Listen to Inland General Manager John D. O'Brien (six-minute audio) as he suggests why a corporation might value tradition and the performing arts. Mr. O'Brien's comments were given at the 25th anniversary concert following one of the area's most damaging ice storms. Learn the history of Inland: see GM Heritage Center posting and Inland 50th anniversary booklet.
Help complete our history by sharing your comments or memories on the forum page and by contributing memorabilia for the website and Special Collections. To help maintain and preserve this website, please consider a gift to the InlandChorus.com Trust.