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San Diego Children's Choir

Rating: 4.85 stars   26 reviews 1,723

Address:

123 Camino de la Reina Ste 202 South San Diego CA 92108 USA

Mission:

The San Diego Children’s Choir provides children with choral music education and performance opportunities that foster performance excellence and collaboration at the highest artistic level, nurturing individual development and creating a foundation for lifelong success. The Choir enriches the cultural fabric of San Diego County through the transformative power of music.

Target demographics:

At San Diego Children's Choir, we believe all children, regardless of circumstances, can benefit from music education, working in a team environment and learning to be goal-oriented. The choir recognizes the importance of music education as it increases literacy, self-esteem and sparks creativity. Our music education programs nurture new ways of thinking, communicating Evaluation and problem solving, which are all acquired skills that researchers have shown can lead to academic and professional success. As more and more schools experience budget cuts and discontinue chorale and music programs, children have nowhere to turn for this important element of their education. SDCC fills this gap. Through our Ensembles, Neighborhood Choir, and Early Years programs, more than 300 children, age four-18, experience the joys of singing each year, and no child is turned away due to financial limitations. In fact, each year 30% of choristers benefit from low to no cost programming through the public support of individuals, corporations and foundations.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Last year, we directly helped more than 300 children, ages four through 18, at sites located throughout San Diego County through early age programming for four and five-year-olds, after-school programs in underserved communities, and core choir programming with four age-based ensembles.

Geographic areas served:

The San Diego Children's Choir is the area's only countywide provider of choral music education. It reaches over 300 children annually because weekly programming is offered at five strategically located sites that reflect San Diego's ethnic and cultural make-up. The choir brings together San Diego County choristers from over 130 schools and 67 zip codes to share in the joy of singing together. To attract children from culturally diverse populations, SDCC prepares and performs a wide crosssection of music for the young voice. Repertoire is selected from many languages, cultures, and periods of history, and represents styles from medieval to modern, classical, folk, and gospel.

Programs:

All ensembles perform in two capstone concerts per year at such professional venues as Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall and Spreckels Theatre. The choir frequently prepares choristers as vocal soloists for other professional music groups. In recent years our summer touring destinations have included Australia, England/Wales, Germany, Canada/Pacific Northwest, France,and Italy. This performance record is evidence of the quality of the Choir's music education and its artistic excellence.

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858-587-1087
www.sdcchoir.org

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Reviews for San Diego Children's Choir

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

My daughter started singing with SDCC in 2011 and my son began in 2015. I have loved watching them develop their voices, stage presence and overall confidence as a result of their time with SDCC. They have been everywhere with the choir - performing all over San Diego County and beyond! This has been one of the defining activities of their childhood, and I highly recommend this for all children.

 
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The music teacher, Mrs. Oram is wonderful! Staff is very kind and supportive. Children are engaged, happy, and having fun. Children are challenged and learning music in a fun caring environment.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Such a great program for kids. My daughter enjoys the choir so much. It is time consuming without being overly so. The teachers are great and really know how to work with children.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The classic songs they learn are wonderful and timeless.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

SDCC teaches children how to be great musicians in technique and theory while singing fun songs and through play.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a retired manager of a major, music-oriented, non-profit, I truly believe in the benefits that young people derive from music education. Witnessing the growth of children in the Choir has reinforced that belief. What I did not fully understand was the benefit these young people gain from the "teamwork" required of them in the Choir. I now see that teamwork exposure as a further indication of the wonderful opportunity that San Diego Children's Choir presents to its participating young people.
When one interfaces with these choristers, you quickly appreciate their self-confidence, poise and clarity of expressiveness. Much of that, it would seem, is the result of their involvement in the programs of San Diego Children's Choir.

 
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The San Diego Children's Choir was a large part of my life for 10 years.

From the ages 8-18, I went to weekly rehearsals, performed concerts all over San Diego...and got to travel the world! Because of the choir, I got to visit Italy at the age of 12, France at 14 (during the World Cup!!), Germany/Austria at 16, and England/Wales at 18.

Polly Campbell was an amazing lady and I'm so happy she founded the choir... which let me have so many great experiences (and friends!)

It is because of SDCC that I went on to join the UC Women's Chorale and subsequently the Alumni Chorus at UC Berkeley. This offered me great opportunities, not only travel, but also leadership positions, which in term influenced my career after undergrad.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful organization that reaches out to every corner of San Diego County to bring music education to children where their schools often fall short. The Neighborhood Choir Program especially is a beacon of hope for children in underprivileged areas that do not have the money or the opportunity to participate in any performance art and gives them a healthy and enriching extra-curricular activity.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my son's first year in the choir and he loves it! The opportunity to perform and travel as a group is wonderful. The quality of the children's voices and the adult instruction and leadership is impressive. I am sorry we did not know about the choir earlier.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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