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Bringing choral music and performance opportunities to under-served youth in West Philadelphia

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About this Project

The Singing City Children's Choir is based in Philadelphia, PA. Our mission is to uplift youths in under-served communities in Philadelphia by providing music instruction and choral singing as well as performance opportunities. One day per week during the school day and three Saturdays a month during the school year, plus eight days during the summer, the Singing City Children's Choir will provide a safe haven for kids grades 3 through 7 where they learn to sing and work together as an ensemble. A performance-based program that aims for excellence, we will perform concerts five-six times a year. Rehearsals will culminate in the performance of a new work-The Children's March-that tells the story of the 1963 march in Birmingham, Alabama, that helped lead to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The SC Children's Choir is led by Steve Fisher, who is also co-founder and director of the Keystone State Boychoir. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, as well as master’s degree in music from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. He studied conducting with Alan Harler, composition with Richard Broadhead, arranging with Alice Parker, and piano with Alexander Fiorello. In 1998, Temple University awarded him the prestigious Presser Foundation Award, which recognizes “a graduate student who has the potential to make an outstanding contribution in the music world.”

In a time when society is becoming more fragmented and young people are feeling isolated despite the growing use of social and other media, choral music brings people together. With exceptionally low barriers to participation, singing in a choir has the power to meaningfully unite youth of different ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The money raised by our backers on Kickstarter will fund the following expenses:

-Sheet music for our students.
-Buses to transport students to and from Saturday rehearsals.
-Concert attire

Thank you for supporting music as a force for change in the community.

The Singing City Children's Choir

Children's Choir in rehearsal
Children's Choir in rehearsal

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    Your name (or your organization's name) added to the Singing City Children's Choir website's Support page and a personal thank you card from a member of Singing City.

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    You receive your very own, brand new, limited-edition Singing City Children's Choir T-shirt.

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    You receive a set of Singing City note cards (10 cards and 10 envelopes) with photos representing 65 years of choral singing.

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    You receive the new Singing City CD - Together We Sing, featuring Singing City's adult and Children's Choirs and a limited edition Children's Choir T-shirt.

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