The Music Academy's first community choral program

About SING!

About SING!

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 imagination
  • and appreciate having music be a part of their lives.

SING! with us

SING! with us

Participants of the Sing! Program rehearse one to two times a week at the site of their choosing:

Adams Elementary School: Mon 2:30–4 pm / Wed 1:30–3:30 pm
Canalino Elementary School: Wed 2–4 pm
Franklin Elementary School: Mon 3–4:30 pm / Fri 3–4:30 pm
Hollister Elementary School: Tue 3:15–4:45 pm / Fri 3:15–4:45 pm
Harding Elementary School: Tue 2:35–4:05 pm / Thu 2:35–4:05 pm
Isla Vista Elementary School: Wed 3–4:30 pm

Rehearsals begin the week of September 23, 2019 and will conclude on May 9, 2020 for the final concert at Hahn Hall. 

In addition to weekly rehearsals, the Sing! Program has one Saturday All-Choir rehearsal per month at the Music Academy of the West that concludes with an afternoon pizza party for participants and families. Special summer performance opportunities will also be available through the Music Academy of the West’s Summer School and Festival.

If you have any questions, please contact Alexa Lopez at [email protected]

2019-20 Performances

A Salute to Teachers: Sat, Nov 2, 2019  / Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West

67th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade: Fri, Dec 6, 2019

Santa Barbara Unified Choral Festival: Wed, Jan 22, 2020 / San Marcos High School

Final Concert: Sat, May 9, 2020 / Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West


To enroll your child in Sing!, please complete and submit our online REGISTRATION FORM

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.


In rehearsal at one of the flagship locations, Franklin School.

Performing at the Santa Barbara Unified School District Choir Day in January.

Having an introductory “lesson” at the Music Academy of the West.