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 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.