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.
I sang with this choir growing up and it was the best experience of my young adulthood. I learned wonderful music and got to perform at world-class venues, and some of my best friends were in the choir with me. It also allowed me the opportunity to make friends from across town with different life stories and circumstances. I still have music in my life, and I always will.
I am an alumna of the San Diego Children’s Choir. I joined the choir in third grade and
remained a chorister for 10 years, until I graduated from high school. Many choristers
loved the choir because it offered incredible performance opportunities-- we sang every
year with the San Diego Symphony in concert halls that never stopped feeling
enormous, we opened major San Diego conventions and sports games, we toured
nationally and internationally, and participated in choral festivals with young choristers
from all over the world.
These exceptional experiences are important memories of my childhood. But I realize
now, in retrospect, that which has yielded the greatest lasting benefit and pleasure was
the process by which I was trained as a musician and community member: the weekly
rehearsal. Without realizing it at the time, I was being trained in not only music theory,
but in the art of communal effort, the art of listening, the art of committing sustained
energy to a process in which the payoff was not always immediate.
I learned how to place the needs of the choir and the choral sound above my own, and
how to apply my specific skills in aid of a greater cause. When, in the course of choral
training, we first began singing in multi-part harmonies, I was consigned to the alto
section. I had soprano envy. I was convinced that they had the best melodic lines and
the most important parts. I now realize that this was the best thing that could have
happened to me as a singer-- as SDCC founder Polly Campbell explained to me when I
voiced my disappointment, a naturally good ear for tuning and harmony is underused
unless well-trained. Singing internal parts and counter-melodies creates sensitive
singers, attuned to the whole choral voice. It trains the mind and the ear to work in
concert with others, and the individual to value the sound of many voices above the
sound of his or her own.
Now a Soprano, I find myself thankful for the training that I received as a chorister in
the San Diego Children’s Choir. It continues to serve me well. Through college I sang
with La Jolla Symphony Chorus, and now as a doctoral student in history at the
University of Chicago I perform with multiple semi-professional organizations. Choral
singing has given me tools that I use in all facets of my life, as a student, a teacher, and a
Our story with the Children's Choir began 4 years ago. We watched the choir perform their Holiday performance at Copley Symphony Hall. My son turned to me and said "I want to do that". I looked them up online and my son began in January!
As the mother of 4 very active children, I can without a doubt say that the choir has exceeded my expectations. The choir has provided my son access to quality music education through an activity he enjoys going to. We had tried fitting a music activity into his busy sports schedule in the past and found scheduling to be impossible. The Children's Choir has multiple rehearsal sites so when sports practices/games prevented us from getting to our normal rehearsal site we would do a make-up rehearsal at another local site on a different day. This is something I could never accomplish in the past. My son is now more well-rounded than ever. Not only does he enjoy being active in sports, but he can also appreciate great music!
My experience has been so wonderful that I now have 3 children in the choir. My only regret is that I didn't learn about the choir early enough for my oldest son to join. However, even without directly joining, my oldest son has also grown from our experience with the choir by attending all his siblings performances!
Thank you San Diego Children's Choir for providing our children with a quality music education that enriches our family life and will enrich our children's lives for years to come!
We've had a wonderful experience in the choir this year. The teachers are wonderful and have built up my daughter's confidence over the course of the two seasons. They manage to teach the kids so much while keeping it fun. We are looking forward to next season for sure!
The impact that the choir has on San Diego youth is awesome! Increased learning development, opportunities to see the world, great friendships and leadership development. And this commitment looks great on college applications. Fun is included as icing on the cake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our daughter has been singing with SDCC for over 5 years. One of the rewards for us is we get to hear her break into spontaneous singing in the car from time to time. She has also made many friends with other choristers!
My daughter spent 10 years singing with SDCC and I served as a parent volunteer and on the Board of Directors as I so appreciate all the the choir has done for my daughter. Not only did she develop a beautiful voice, gained knowledge of choral music and music theory, she served our community. SDCC was involved in some fabulous community service opportunites. My daughter traveled with the choir, making joyful music all over the world. She made wonderful friends and learned the value of community service. We will forever have a special place in out hearts for SDCC and beautiful memories to last a lifetime. I will forever be grateful for the opportunites SDCC gave to my daughter!
I had the privilege of being a parent volunteer, Board Member and now an Advisor after my daughter spent 10 years in the SDCC. It was the most rewarding experience to watch the children grow in their confidence and maturity as they developed their voices and ability to perform for the community. I encourage families to get involved so that others may benefit from the education and friendships that will last a lifetime.
My son has enjoyed his experience with the choir immensely. When I say "Let's practice your music," he jumps at the chance. I love the choir leader's approach to learning, using games and fun techniques. The kids learn the pieces quickly and correctly with ease. As a singer in an adult choir myself, I think I'd rather use games to learn my music, because memorization is getting harder and harder as I age. Valerie S.
This is an outstanding organization for our San Diego children. Participating students get a unique and high quality musical experience provided by experts intheir fields. Every concert is extraordinary and never disappoints. It is too bad all of our students cannot take part in the valuable experience. Students who areinvolved in music over a period of time out rank their non-music peers academically, socially, civically and emotionally. This fabulous organization is filling a need that no other organization can provide. Thank you SDCC!