Sacramento Children's Chorus

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$376 raised by 5 donors

4% complete

$10,000 Goal

The Sacramento Children's Chorus was co-founded in 1993 by Lynn Stevens and Dr. Donald Kendrick. Ms. Stevens was getting her Masters in Choral Conducting at California State University, Sacramento.  During this time, she had the vision of establishing a local children's choir.  By the summer of 1993, the SCC was up and running, buying music, securing rehearsal space, and recruiting singers.  40 singers joined their voices to form one multi-age choir.  Now, twenty-six years later, the SCC is four choirs strong with approximately 100 singers.  It continues to provide music education and performance opportunities to children all over the Sacramento region, inspiring audiences with beautiful music.  The choir sings in many languages and celebrates different cultures and religions.

The SCC is vitally important today as we watch music education vanish from our schools and our children's lives.  There have been numerous milestones over the years: production of Brundibar - a children's opera, singing with well-known adult choirs like the Sacramento Choral Society, performing as ambassadors in England, France, the Czech Republic, Scandinavia, New York (Carnegie Hall), and the Baltics, appearing at gubernatorial inaugurations and other civic ceremonies, and participating in Mayor Kevin Johnson's "For Arts Sake" initiative by singing at various Sacramento City public schools - part of the Kennedy Center's "Any Given Child" program.  In the summer of 2013, the SCC celebrated its 20th Anniversary by traveling to China - representing Sacramento and the United States and performing in some of China's best recital halls.  In 2018, we celebrated 25 years of music excellence with a new artistic director.

Mission

Our mission is to develop skilled, passionate, and confident students through exceptional music education and performance experiences. SCC provides an opportunity for children in the Sacramento area to learn and perform music at a high standard of excellence. SCC is not affiliated with a school, religious organization, or political party. SCC welcomes all children regardless of race, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation.

Needs

Scholarship for singers in need

Choirs in underserved areas

Community members and parents of singers for leadership roles

Weekly rehearsal space rental fee

New Music for both classical and contemporary.

Tuition does not cover the cost of employing master level teachers and accompanist.

General operating funds are crucial for the financial health of the organization.

Equity Statement

The Sacramento Children's Chorus (SCC) has a strong tradition of inclusion and diversity in its membership. The organization engages singers from different social and economic strata, hailing from three different Sacramento area counties with varying demographics. People of all races, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientation are welcome in SCC and are represented in our membership.

The SCC seeks to eliminate barriers to participation in the world of music by granting scholarships to singers when needed. Our outreach efforts also include working with Title 1 schools for underprivileged youth.

The SCC also takes great pride in its exemplary treatment of our performers, patrons, and volunteers – both on and off stage. Treating people with kindness and respect, as well as helping them to reach their full potential, is entrenched in our organizational values and reinforces accountability. This approach ensures a healthy audition process while fostering a strong sense of belonging. Patrons and performers who feel valued have a desire to return to our performances, to volunteer and assist in helping to further our mission.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Sacramento Children's Chorus

Year Established

1993

Tax id (EIN)

68-0413156

Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$50,001 - $100,000

Organization Need

Funding: Other, Funding: Program, Board Members, Funding: Unrestricted

Local Counties Served

Sacramento

Equity Statement

Equity Statement

Address

4025A Bridge Street
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Service areas

Sacramento County, CA, US

El Dorado County, CA, US

Placer County, CA, US

Yolo County, CA, US

Phone

916-390-9728

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