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.
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.
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 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.