2015 marked the Diamond Anniversary of One Voice Children’s Choir, which originated from a group of children who sang at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Their beloved Director, Masa Fukuda, made such an impact on them that they asked to continue to sing together. Through the efforts of supportive parents the choir continued and in the summer of 2005 the group was named One Voice Children’s Choir.

The choir is comprised of 140 children ages 4 to 18 who reside in northern Utah along the Wasatch Front. Since its inception over 500 Utah children have had the opportunity to participate in the choir. One Voice Children’s Choir has received numerous awards including the John Lennon International Music Award and the Best of State Award for Best Children’s Performing Group as well as the BOSS statue for the most outstanding in the Arts and Entertainment division.

In early 2014 One Voice Children’s Choir was featured with Alex Boyé in a music video cover of “Let It Go” from the Disney movie Frozen. The video went viral with over 60 million YouTube views and was named YouTube’s Top Cover of 2014. Later that year the choir competed on America’s Got Talent and was selected as one of the Top 48 acts in the country. In August 2014 over 100 choir children traveled to New York City and performed in the live quarter-final round of AGT at Radio City Music Hall. One Voice Children’s Choir continues to produce frequent music videos and performs more than 40 times a year with an aim of sharing their talents joyfully with people around the world.

One Voice Children’s Choir is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Its Vision Statement reads: Through music, we inspire, enrich, uplift, and serve our global community, while building youth as One Voice.

 

What’s so special and unique about the One Voice Children’s Choir?

  • They are a big “musical family,” and children and parents treat each other as such.  Children build and support one another instead of being competitive.
  • Everything they sing is original material, or original arrangements of traditional material.
  • Their songs are “value oriented,” through which children share positive, uplifting, and inspirational messages.
  • They do not separate into different groups – They have a 5-year-old and a 18-year-old in the same room. That’s the beauty of this choir; children of all ages coming together as one and creating a unique sound.
  • They are non-profit with the Board members who give of their time and effort, as well as many wonderful choir parents, each doing a little (instead of one individual doing everything) in order to sustain the choir.
  • They are closely connected to various local and national recording artists with whom they collaborate on stage.
  • Children are trained in recording studios. Many of these children are hired to do professional work in the music industry.
  • While learning to work as a team, children also have opportunities to shine as soloists. The majority of their current students can just step forward, grab the mic, and entertain their audience.

 

We would like to thank our annual sponsor Campbell Scientific.  Your support of the choir over the years is deeply appreciated.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Masa Fukuda is an international award-winning composer, arranger, and producer.  Born and raised in Japan, his early education with Yamaha’s top music program “Junior Original Concert” (JOC) gave him college-level training in music theory, dictation, keyboard harmony, improvisation, and orchestration.  He achieved a Level-6 certification at age of 10 and ended in 3rd Place in the national songwriting competition sponsored by Asahi Newspaper.  He came to the United States at the age 16 to study abroad, to explore diverse music, and to pursue his musical career.  He attended Brigham Young University with a scholarship and graduated in 2002 with BA in Media Music Composition with Golden Key International Honor Society Certification.  His music was used during the 2002 Winter Olympics Games and was featured on the gold-faced commemorative CD for the Olympics “Light Up the Land.”  By giving over 1,600 elementary school chorus children an opportunity to record in professional studios and educating them about the recording industry, Fukuda won his reputation as a “champion of children.”  In 2003, he was awarded with the rare John Lennon “Dream Power” Music Award presented by Yoko Ono and George Martin for his original music “Innocence of Youth” (lyrics by Jeannine Lasky.)   As an arranger and producer, Fukuda has worked for David Archuleta of the American Idol (Season 7), Justin Williams (Season 8), Jarrett Burns of the group ANSER (X-Factor, 2011), and Alejandro Melecio (Latino Idol, 2012.)  His most recent achievements are seen on YouTube for Alex Boye: the viral video “Let It Go” (a FROZEN cover) with over 40 million views, “Happy,” (Pharrell Williams cover) and “Wayfaring Stranger,” featuring a Grammy nominee Jenny Oaks Baker.  Despite all his success as an arranger and producer, Fukuda thrives on cultivating talents. He gives countless hours of his time teaching and helping choir children achieve their goals and dreams.  It is his ultimate passion, and it shows.