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November 14, 2012

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November 14, 2012

I sang in the Choir for many years and it was a fabulous experience! Not only did I learn about music and singing, but I made wonderful friends and great memories.

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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?

2007

November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

This choir has been integral to my son's development. He has gained confidence and skills that go well beyond singing. But, yes, the singing has been beautiful and brought me to tears many times. I love the San Diego Children's Choir!

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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?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

I have been very fortunate to hear these young people sing and see them perform. You can't help but feel good and warm to hear them. They are truly gifted.

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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?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

Both of our children were in the Choir for a number of years. It instilled both confidence and a love of music that has stuck with them and will for the rest of their lives. Our daughter now plays in the school band and plays the piano at home. Our son plays guitar and piano and sings in his high school honor choir. He was also selected to sing in the California All State High School Honor Choir. Both children have very high grades and we believe one of the reasons is their stronger connection to the school through music. Due to budget cuts the music programs in our schools have been cut severely. The Children's Choir helps fill that void and we believe is a great investment in your children's education and development and is well worth the cost and effort.

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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?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 2, 2010

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October 2, 2010

When I was a kid in the Choir - beginning as a charter member in 1990, I stuck with it through my high school graduation ten years later - SDCC was the best thing in my life. My friends there were irreplaceable; coming from all social groups and socio-economic backgrounds, our differences were checked at the door as we celebrated our common love for music and performing. The instruction was impeccable; founder/director Polly Campbell had complete control over her roost of choristers, and along with music, taught us posture, nutrition, professionalism, and inter-cultural respect. My memories were incredible; no other kid I knew had been to Europe four times before her eighteenth birthday, had sung in Royal Albert Hall in London and Il Duomo in Florence, had formed an adoptive relationship with a family in Normandy. Unfortunately, Polly passed away shortly after I left the Choir, and the organization struggled to continue meeting the standards its founder had so effortlessly set. An unyielding search for "the next Polly" resulted in several short-term music directors over the next few years. This lack of stability and familiarity made choristers and their families question their own commitments to the organization. By the time I returned to work in the Choir's office in 2006, however, it seemed the worst of the chaos was over. Things were running smoothly: we had a good group of employees and a great group of volunteers. The middle and high school kids were preparing to tour Europe once again. The Choir made one final attempt at finding a music director the following spring, then decided to embrace the system that had been working for the past few years: a sort of checks-and-balances system between the Board, the office and executive staff, and several talented and competent teacher/conductors for the different age-level choirs. Working in the office was both hectic and rewarding. There was almost always more work than the small staff could handle, and as a result, the Executive Director often seemed to be working 24-hour days. It seemed like one more consistent and committed pair of hands would have evened out the workload perfectly, taking stress off the Exec Director and making the whole organization run more smoothly; however, this is a dream that remains outside of the Choir's current budget. Seeing the happy kids and the proud parents at various concerts and outreach events always made the workload feel worth it; it also always strengthened my wish that this organization would one day get the extra help it deserves, so that we could reach out to more young San Diegans, who on a whole are starved for music education in their schools. I left my job at the Choir on good terms in mid-2007, and now return each week to sing with the budding Alumni and Young Adult Ensemble. I look forward to the day when I can enroll my own children in the Choir; I have total faith that, by then, we will have smoothed out the last of the kinks, so that SDCC can become the best thing in my kids' lives as well.

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

Member: 1990-2000; 2009-present. Staff: 2006-2007

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

Employ another person to help behind the scenes; force the Executive Director to take a much-needed and well-deserved vacation.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Exposure to different kinds of music, different kinds of people, and different cultures. Lasting friendships I've made.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredible - they are warm and welcoming, truly passionate and committed to this organization and its mission statement. I consider many of them like family.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand! Give more scholarships to underprivileged kids; start more branches in different parts of San Diego; employ more office workers; advertise more widely; change more lives.

Ways to make it better...

Polly Campbell hadn't passed away.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

They always seem to need more committed people: staff, volunteers, choristers, donors.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Glee is a TV show. San Diego Children's Choir is the real thing. And so much more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 1, 2010

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October 1, 2010

Since my late wife, Polly Campbell, with a Board of ten directors, developed the San Diego Children's Choir I, of course, was a willing partner in many ways. General office management as well as bookkeeping for a non-profit organization is not all peaches and cream, especially when the two persons responsible are man and wife! But it didn't take me long to know that the operation of the Choir was more important than each of us. My other 'chore' was accompanist for the single choir until suitable pianists could be found. During the twelve years before Polly died an amazing transformation occurred that can only be told by the Choir members and their parents by was observed daily by the Choir personnel. Those transformations were observed in the body of the choristers who were transformed from standard students into positive-going, energetic, intelligent human beings, ready to do what-ever it takes to accomplish what-ever it was they wanted. As many research projects have shown, music practice embodies changes in the way the brain operates, not only in learning how to sing but also in how to do other mental projects such as calculations, writing of essays, understanding others, and more. All of this began with the development of the San Diego Children's Choir, was nurtured along by the leadership and teachers over the twenty years the Choir has been in operation, and will continue on into the future. Thank you for allowing me to share this humble opinion of the San Diego Children's Choir. James Campbell former Interim Music Director The San Diego Children's Choir

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

the review I have printed.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

Our daughter, now 11, has been in the choir since first grade. She's loved all of her conductors, even while chafing sometimes at the discipline. Now she's skilled in music reading, singing and professional demeanor, some of which she learned without even realizing that what she was experiencing was instruction according to a clear methodology - she just thought she was practicing and having fun. Though she has started and stopped several activities, including violin, which she does at school mainly to remain social with her musical friends, she's constant and dedicated with her singing. I don't know how far she'll go, but I won't be surprised if she keeps it up for her entire academic career and beyond.

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I've been a chaperon at probably 95% of the concerts that my daughter has been in. I've enjoyed helping make sure the concerts have come off well, and it's been good getting to know the conductors, staff and other parents.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

The San Diego Children's Choir is able to pick up where our schools leave off, whether it is at the elementary, middle school or high school level. In fact, some school programs are now non-existent due to California's budget crisis. Studies have shown that children who perform in choirs do better in school and later in life. The San Diego Children's Choir gives children from throughout San Diego and neighboring communities the opportunity to perform in settings that inspire them.

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

Listening to the parents of the choiristers, volunteers, staff and other board members on how well the children are doing both when they are in the choir and after they have left in college and their careers.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

I joined the San Diego Childrens Choir when I was in third grade, and I loved it so much that I stuck with it until I graduated high school 10 years later. The choir was a great experience for me, I learned how to sing, but also how to blend with others, how to shape the tone of my voice, how to sing multiple part harmony (up to 6 or 8 voice parts in some songs!) and how to act professional while performing. While in the choir I had the opportunity to travel as well. In the youngest choir there were several weekend tours to places such as Los Angeles or other near by cities, which allowed us youngsters to learn proper tour behavior before moving up to the Concert choir. Concert and Youth choir get to travel to much further places, and often times the choirs travel together, which allows the younger Concert Choir to look up to the older Youth Choir as role models. I was lucky enough to travel to Oregon, Germany/Austria, Italy and Australia during my time in the choir. All of these tours allowed me to experience different places, cultures, foods, and sing songs from the area. I have hundreds of cherished memories from choir tours, and anyone who has ever gone on one will tell you how much they loved the experience. Many of my good friends that I am still in contact with today were friends I made while in the choir, and traveled with while on tour. I cant say enough good things about the San Diego Childrens Choir, the music is excellent, and the conductors are always well prepared and have music suited to the level they are conducting. The office staff are hard working and friendly. The opportunities to perform are excellent and include a winter concert and a spring concert each year, and also chances to carol during the winder season, performances with the San Diego Symphony, performances in Copley Hall downtown, and many more! I loved every rehearsal and looked forward to every performance that we had. I was very sad to leave the choir when I graduated from high school, but was extremely happy to hear that an alumni choir was starting up.

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

Prep Choir, Concert Choir, Youth Choir, Alumni Choir

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The singing! I have cultivated such a love of music and I attribute most of this to my involvement in SDCC. I have made lifelong friends while in choir, and have had the opportunity to travel and learn about other cultures.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All the staff and volunteers are there because they love the organization. Most of the volunteers are parents of choristers, and all are happy, friendly, well informed and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide more opportunities for low income families. They have started community choirs for children in low income neighborhoods at greatly reduced fees (free even!)to give as many kids as possible the chance to sing. More money would help increase grow.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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