SYRACUSE CHILDRENS CHORUS INC

Rating: 4.75 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: The Skyline - Ste 7 753 James St Syracuse NY 13203 USA

Mission: The Syracuse Children's Chorus creates collaborative experiences in which young people share their joy of singing, develop their sense of beauty and deepen their commitment to excellence through choral music education and performance

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Syracuse CHildren's Chorus is a wonderful organization for motivated, musical students. Through SCC, children are able to develop excellent music skills through excellent directors and high-quality choral music. The young singers come to appreciate the value of music as a beautiful and powerful form of communication.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

-listening to the outstanding concerts given by SCC -working with some of the singers in SCC -noticing/ hearing how both of my sons' voices have improved through their participation in SCC -noticing how my students and sons have developed an appreciation and respect for the choral art

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

-make it more affordable -offer more scholarships -special focus on recruitment of boys -special focus on recruitment of students from more diverse school districts

Rating: 5 stars  

This is my daughter's first year with SCC and she has truly loved her experiences thus far. Her chorus director is outstanding. She engages the children and keeps them enthralled throughout their weekly 90-minute lessons. I cannot say enough great things about the breadth and depth of the musical education they are exposed to, from reading music, complicated chorale pieces, to breathing techniques and exercises. Having it on the Syacuse University campus at Crouse College is also a nice tradition and so exciting, too. Such a worthwhile chorus experence for the children and a wonderful gem for the Central New York community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a parent and community member, I have been able to attend SCC concerts in the past and this year. They are always professioanlly done and so well received. The Christmas Concert is not to be missed. The children's voices sound so angelic and spiritual. SCC provides the children the encouragement and tools to sing to the best of their ability, which is truly awesome to behold.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think SCC does a fantastic job with hosting 4 concerts per year plus additional concerts with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and other venues, including the local zoo, Disneyland, Carrier Dome, etc.. Perhaps a couple other public presentations by SCC (such as at the Mall or at local schools, or during local music fests?) could further showcase the talents of the chorus and spread the word to music teachers throughout the CNY community?

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Volunteer experience was great - very organzied and gave great directions to newbies.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Volunteer experience was an opportunity to meet other parents of choristers. Well worth the time and effort.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Appreciated!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I was in the choir for 6 years, and my family has been involved since 2000. My siblings and I have all been in it and we are all musicians. SCC has been instrumental in my music life, I am a student at Eastman School of music and I attribute much of my interest in classical music to SCC. It gave me something to look forward to every week and performing with choirs is one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences a child can have.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life and the lives of other children. Many are now in colleges for music ans SCC started them out.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more resources. They make such an impact and don't get enough credit around Syracuse.

Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been in the Syracuse Childrens Choir for 2 years and not only have I have seen amazing improvement in her singing voice, but in her self-esteem and attitude. They expect that you will deliver high caliber work, and if you love to sing, you gladly give that. They do realize that these are children, and just the right balance of nurture is added into the mix. She is having a wonderful experience being part of this choir.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As dismissal parent, I get to hear the kids sing every week - I should say that I get to hear the kids improve every week!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make a campaign to the elementary/middle school teachers of the school districts to make them more aware and vocal in regard to the SCC. Other than this (which really isn't a change, just an enhancement!) I can't think of anything that needs changing!

Rating: 5 stars  

This is my daughter's first year as a member of the Syracuse Children's Chorus and we could not be more impressed. The musical/vocal instruction she receives is top quality, and her musical director makes rehearsals fun and interesting as well. The program also provides the participants valuable lessons on discipline and responsibility as part of a semi professional musical group. The administrative staff is skilled and well organized. Communications to parents occur regularly via email and website postings, and rehearsal and concert arrangements are well planned. These things make it easy for parents to follow through on chorus requirements. We couldn't be more pleased.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing how my daughter enjoys the experience. She remembers the vocal instruction she receives and the music she has learned and sings it around the house. She loves to participate in the concerts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change the unforms to something more comfortable for the children to wear.

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

How did you find this group?

By research. Our school's music instructor did not publicize this opportunity to the students.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To continue my daughter's musical instruction.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

The Syracuse Children's Chorus is the best organization for children who wish to enhance their musical experience. Unlike school and church organizations, they are made up of children with exceptional talent who are serious about learning music. Many of the children who have been in the chorus have gone on to musical careers studying at colleges like Eastman, Syracuse University, and Julliard to name a few. They find a comraderie with other children of like talents and bring to the community a phenomenal experience in musicianship. In addition to their regularly secheduled concerts, they have performed at Children's hospital openings, weddings, funerals, and have been featured performers at places like Walt Disney World and Music Educators National Conference. The children have the opportunity for small group performances, solos, and charity performances. The Syracuse Children's Chorus helps develops these wonderful children with a wide variety of music from all across the world, performing them in the native languages, and teaching them an inner discipline that carries over into all facets of their lives. The Syracuse area is definitly blessed to have them as a part of their community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have two daughters with a love of all types of music that will benefit them the rest of their lives. Both are planning careers in music.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes that I would make at this time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Get more parents to volunteer

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Made many new friends from all over area.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

very fulfilled

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

Mu daughter is a 5th year member of the chorus and has loved every minute of it. She has had such wonderful experiences and opportunities, such as singning with the SSO to touring in Disney World. The music she has been exposed to has been wonderful. We really had a ball this christmas season listening to satellite radio and hearing Choir music that she has had the opportuity to perform over the years.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching my daughter grow in so many new ways!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change some of the rehersal times to allow not only the kids in the choir the opportuity to explore other areas such as sports, but bring more kids into the choir who feel they do not have enough time to fit it in.

Rating: 4 stars  

Syracuse Children's Chorus is a treasured resource is the Syracuse community. It offers unparalled musical education to children beginning in fourth grade through high school. The chorus offers progressive experience and three choir levels to students of various skills and backgrounds. They foster a high level of professionalism, excellence and personal achievement in the area of music education and performance. Their performances frequently premier music from highly saught after conductors and composers around the world. The chorus has a long history of touring both domestically and internationally. The experience has been nothing short of outstanding for our family and my choirster.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter has been a choirster in the Syracuse Children's Chorus for four years. She is currently at the highest level of choirs, the Chorale. Her growth both musically and personally has been outstanding. The musical education has a direct impact on choirsters school academic performance, personal poise and desire for excellence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue frequent communication and involvement by choirsters and parents in the evolution of the chorus. Continue to attract top notch choral conductors.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Parent volunteer activities allow us to interact with the public as well as form relationships with other parents dedicated to the organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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