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is formed for each Children of the World in Harmony International Youth Choir & Dance Festival.  The choir is comprised of singers selected from all participating choirs and other singers who apply directly to sing in the Festival Choir.

Voices Without Borders (VWB) selects an internationally renowned director to conduct the Festival Choir.  The choir is featured in the Festival Gala Concert, at its own concert, and other related concerts during the festival. Previous VWB Choir directors have included Jester Hairston (USA), Evy Lucio (Puerto Rico), Linda Manuilow (USA), Alfredo Mendoza (Mexico), Pablo Puente (Mexico) Professor Yang Hong Nian (China), Dr. Yip Wai Hong (Hong Kong), Erkki Pahjola (Finland), Sanna Volvanna (Finland), Elza Lakschevitz (Brazil), Oscar Escalada (Argentina), and Dr. Julian Ackerley (USA).

Dr. Julian Ackerley conducted the 2017 Festival Choir.

Director of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus since 1980, Julian Ackerley has achieved national and international acclaim as an accomplished conductor and administrator of choral performing arts organizations. His many successes include national and international tours, numerous critically acclaimed recordings, and collaborations with national symphony orchestras and opera companies. He is an experienced teacher having taught at all levels from elementary to college. In addition to serving as director of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, Dr. Ackerley has also been the Associate Conductor of the International Children's Festival Chorus and Conductor of the American Youth Choir, a national honor choir of both boy and girl singers. As AYC conductor from its inception in 1999, Dr. Ackerley has conducted in international festivals in China, Mexico, South America and Europe.

Dr. Ackerley brought extensive qualifications including a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona with training in music education, choral conducting and voice performance. He served as the National Boychoir Chair for the American Choral Directors Association and is active as a guest conductor and choral clinician. Also, in July 2017, he conducted the International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival.