March 1, 2010
I have the great pleasure of being one of the founding members of the World Children's Choir. What Sandy and Jim began in 1990 is one of the most incredible opportunities for youth in the DC area. More than simply fostering a knowledge and love of music, the choir promotes diversity and an understanding of world culture. Kids from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds come together to produce music in an atmosphere that is truly warm and welcoming. The high level of musical excellence really sets WCC apart from other choirs in the area. Not only do choir members develop their voices, but they learn pronunciation (in numerous languages!), diction, and phrasing of many different styles of music. Through voice lessons, masterclasses, summer workshops, and a rigorous rehearsal schedule, choir members present performances that are top quality and a sheer joy to be part of. During my time with WCC, we sang at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and at numerous high-profile festivals and events. One of the things I liked best about WCC is Sandy and Jim's inclusion of very young children. While they are often too young to get everything "right", their exposure to music and the discipline of performance is invaluable to fostering their future appreciation of music. My time with the WCC cultivated my love of classical music, which then developed into a career. Even though I've been gone from the WCC for more than 15 years, I still hold my time there dear to my heart and believe very strongly that it deserves all the support it can get.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
WCC gave me the opportunity to perform a wide variety of music in extraordinary venues!
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
incredibly dedicated and welcoming.
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MY ROLE:Former volunteer & I was a founding member of the WCC, singing in numerous concerts and later working with the organization in their summer workshop.