ABOUT ONE VOICE CHILDREN'S CHOIR

The One Voice Children's Choir originated from a group of children brought together to perform at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.  The choir was founded by Masa Fukuda, who had such a profound effect on the children that they asked him to continue to direct their singing.  In the summer of 2005, the group was officially named One Voice Children's Choir.  Mr. Fukuda continues to direct the choir and, incredibly, he composes or arranges every song performed by One Voice.

Since its inception, One Voice has been met with almost universal acclaim.  The choir has received numerous accolades, including the John Lennon International Music Award, and has been honored with more than 1o Utah Best of State awards, including 4 in 2020.  In 2014, One Voice was selected as one of the top 48 entertainment acts in the country by America's Got Talent, and performed live in the quarter-final round at Radio City Music Hall. 

One Voice Children's Choir is comprised of more than 200 children, ages 4 to 18, who travel from all over Utah and other nearby states to participate in the choir.  They perform more than 60 local, national and international events per year and have performed for representatives of more than 125 nations.  In 2015, the choir was invited to the White House to sing for President and Mrs. Obama.  Shortly thereafter, the US Department of Defense invited the choir to perform at the annual D-Day commemoration ceremonies in Normandy, France.

The choir has built a formidable online presence with over 2.35 million subscribers to its YouTube channel.  In 2014, in partnership with Alex Boye, they produced YouTube's top cover video of 2014, "Let it Go," which now has more than 105 million views.

One Voice Children's Choir is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.  Its mission is to inspire, enrich, uplift and serve the global community through music, while building youth as One Voice.

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 the age of 10 and was awarded 3rd Place in the national songwriting competition sponsored by Asahi Newspaper.  

 

He came to the United States at the age of 16 to study abroad, to explore diverse music, and to pursue his musical career.  He attended Brigham Young University on scholarship and graduated in 2002 with a 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 with David Archuleta of American Idol (Season 7), Justin Williams (Season 8), Jarrett Burns of the group ANSER (X-Factor, 2011), and Alejandro Melecio (Latino Idol, 2012.)  

 

Some of his more recent arrangements can be heard on YouTube in each of the choir's videos, Alex Boye's “Let It Go," “Happy,” (Pharrell Williams cover) and “Wayfaring Stranger,” featuring Grammy Award 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.