MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST
SING! CHORAL PROGRAM LAUNCHES 2019-2020 SEASON
Free, after-school choral initiative doubles its footprint, drawing from 29 Santa Barbara schools
Join Sing! at the SB Holiday Parade on Dec 6
Santa Barbara, CA — The Music Academy of the West’s Sing! Program is a free, after-school choral initiative open to students in Santa Barbara County ages 7-12. Now in its second year, the program has grown to serve over 200 participants representing 29 schools in addition to homeschoolers. The program has also doubled its physical footprint this season, with rehearsals taking place at six elementary schools throughout Santa Barbara County: Adams, Canalino, Franklin, Harding, Hollister, and Isla Vista, selected in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Education Office.
The impact felt by the participating schools was recently touted in the SB Independent article about Franklin Elementary’s rise in test scores and how on-campus extracurricular activities such as Sing! allows students to flourish.
Music Academy of the West has stepped into a void for students who enjoy the arts. They have filled school hallways with quality choir instruction that has provided student engagement, confidence, talent, and admiration for vocal music. Their program is evaluated by the smiles of various students from numerous schools across the city who are benefiting from weekly lessons that will change has enriched their lives tremendously.
— Casie Killgore, Franklin Elementary Principal
The 2019-2020 schedule of performances launched on November 2 at the Salute to Teacher’s celebration, and continues December 6 at the Santa Barbara Holiday Parade. In addition to a robust concert schedule, a select group will perform in the 2020 Summer Festival, comprising the children’s choruses in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Ravel’s The Child and the Magic Spells (L’enfant et les sortilèges). The Sing! curriculum is designed by Music Academy Director of Innovation and Program Development Kevin Kwan Loucks in tandem with Choral Directors Christine Hollinger, Daniel Newman-Lessler, and Erin McKibben.
Performing at the Salute to Teachers celebration, conducted by Sing! Site Manager Hailey Atwell.
Sing! teaches you how to sing and brings kids together.
— Rowan Smith, Chorister, Hollister Elementary School
Learning new music is cool to get to sing, even if I can’t. I like singing here. Ms. Erin is really nice and funny and I have a really good time at Sing!
— Christopher Jimenez, Chorister, Harding Elementary Schoo
We learn new songs every year, and we meet new friends. Before, I used to sing off key and now I sing perfectly!
— Amelia Gorman, Chorister, Adams Elementary School
UPCOMING SING! PERFORMANCES
Dec 6, 2019 | 67th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade
Jan 22, 2020 | Santa Barbara Unified Choral Festival | San Marcos HS
May 9, 2020 | Final Concert | Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West
The impact of Sing! extends beyond providing the highest-level arts education for students throughout our community. Choral singing improves students’ well-being. Students see their unlimited potential and experience how great instruction and hard work help them reach it. They see themselves as artists, as contributors, as performers, and as part of something bigger than themselves. The Music Academy is truly opening the world of classical music to children and families from all backgrounds and impacting our community.
— Ellen Barger, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, SB County Education Office
The Music Academy of the West’s innovative Sing! Program is a free, after-school choral initiative open to students in Santa Barbara County age 7-12. The Program takes place after school at six elementary schools throughout Santa Barbara County: Adams, Canalino, Franklin, Harding, Hollister, and Isla Vista, selected in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Performance opportunities include concerts and collaborations with the Music Academy family of artists, and future appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra. The program is free of charge.
The Sing! curriculum is designed by Music Academy Director of Innovation and Program Development Kevin Kwan Loucks in tandem with Choral Directors Christine Hollinger, Daniel Newman-Lessler, and Erin McKibben. The program’s objectives are to help children gain confidence, work together, learn about their own and others’ cultures, expand their imaginations, and appreciate having music be a part of their lives. For more information, visit musicacademy.org/sing
Sing! is generously supported by the Santa Barbara Foundation, the James S. Bower Foundation, Mary Jane and Andrew Cooper, the Hamister Family, Michelle Joanou, David W. Keller, The Lucky One and The Little One Foundations, Carole MacElhenny, Marilyn and Richard Mazess, Sonos, the Walter J. and Holly O. Thomson Foundation, and Ann and Dick Zylstra.
ABOUT MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST
The Music Academy of the West advances the development of 21st century classically trained musicians and cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences. Founded in 1947, the Academy operates on a 10-acre, ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, California. Music Academy of the West’s world-renowned eight-week Summer Festival offers nearly 200 events. Programs comprise voice, vocal piano, collaborative piano, instrumental, and solo piano. The Academy began a four-year partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2018 focused on education and performance on both continents. For more information, visit musicacademy.org.
photos: Phil Channing
Released: November 26, 2019
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Music Academy of the West