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San Diego Children's Choir

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Singing & Choral Groups

Mission: The San Diego Children’s Choir provides children with choral music education and performance opportunities that foster performance excellence and collaboration at the highest artistic level, nurturing individual development and creating a foundation for lifelong success. The Choir enriches the cultural fabric of San Diego County through the transformative power of music.

Target demographics: At San Diego Children's Choir, we believe all children, regardless of circumstances, can benefit from music education, working in a team environment and learning to be goal-oriented. The choir recognizes the importance of music education as it increases literacy, self-esteem and sparks creativity. Our music education programs nurture new ways of thinking, communicating Evaluation and problem solving, which are all acquired skills that researchers have shown can lead to academic and professional success. As more and more schools experience budget cuts and discontinue chorale and music programs, children have nowhere to turn for this important element of their education. SDCC fills this gap. Through our Ensembles, Neighborhood Choir, and Early Years programs, more than 300 children, age four-18, experience the joys of singing each year, and no child is turned away due to financial limitations. In fact, each year 30% of choristers benefit from low to no cost programming through the public support of individuals, corporations and foundations.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, we directly helped more than 300 children, ages four through 18, at sites located throughout San Diego County through early age programming for four and five-year-olds, after-school programs in underserved communities, and core choir programming with four age-based ensembles.

Geographic areas served: The San Diego Children's Choir is the area's only countywide provider of choral music education. It reaches over 300 children annually because weekly programming is offered at five strategically located sites that reflect San Diego's ethnic and cultural make-up. The choir brings together San Diego County choristers from over 130 schools and 67 zip codes to share in the joy of singing together. To attract children from culturally diverse populations, SDCC prepares and performs a wide crosssection of music for the young voice. Repertoire is selected from many languages, cultures, and periods of history, and represents styles from medieval to modern, classical, folk, and gospel.

Programs: All ensembles perform in two capstone concerts per year at such professional venues as Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall and Spreckels Theatre. The choir frequently prepares choristers as vocal soloists for other professional music groups. In recent years our summer touring destinations have included Australia, England/Wales, Germany, Canada/Pacific Northwest, France,and Italy. This performance record is evidence of the quality of the Choir's music education and its artistic excellence.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

SDCC teaches children how to be great musicians in technique and theory while singing fun songs and through play.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful experience working with the Choir for the Tsunami Relief Efforts for the Red Cross at the Japanese Friendship Gardens. Beautiful music for a beautiful cause.