The Music Academy of the West’s innovative Sing! Program is a free, after-school choral initiative open to students in Santa Barbara County 1st through 8th grade. The program normally 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 program’s objectives are to help children:
- Discover and develop their ability to imagine and express themselves through music.
- Gain confidence in using their voice to communicate ideas and emotions.
- Work together to create something larger than themselves.
- Learn about people and cultures from around the world through singing.
- Foster a lifelong love for listening to and making music.
SING! with us
Sing! Children’s Chorus & Sing! Concert Choir
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Sing! program has moved online to virtual rehearsals and performances. Sing! students rehearse a minimum of two times a week over Zoom with one of our three choral directors. Zoom credentials are sent after registration is completed. All Sing! Children’s Chorus rehearsals take place Mon-Fri from 3:30 pm-5 pm.
The rehearsal schedule is listed below:
Christine Hollinger: M, W, F
Daniel Newman-Lessler: T, W, Th
Erin McKibben: T, W, Th
The Sing! Program also features a Concert Choir for more advanced students. The Sing! Concert Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm-5 pm. Audition is required to enroll in the Concert Choir. Students in this group must also rehearse and perform with full Sing! Children’s Chorus.
Please email [email protected] to schedule an audition and for more information.
The following 27 elementary schools represent students participating in the Sing! Program this season:
Adams / Canalino / Carpinteria / Crane / El Camino / Ellwood / Foothill / Franklin / Goleta / Harding / Hollister / Hope / Isla Vista / K12 International Academy / Kellogg / La Colina / La Cumbre / Montessori Center / Mountain View / Olive Grove Charter / Our Lady of Mt. Carmel / Peabody / Ralph Dunlap / Roosevelt / Santa Barbara Charter School / Washington / World Academy
Lead Foundation Sponsor
Lead Corporate Sponsor
Patricia and Larry Durham
Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation
Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Cheeryble Foundation, the Hamister Family, HUB International Insurance Services, Michelle Joanou, Johnson Ohana Foundation, Karl Kramer Foundation, The Lucky One and The Little One Foundations, Carole MacElhenny, Marilyn and Richard Mazess, Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, Sonos, Anne Towbes, Pam and Terry Valeski, Walter J. and Holly O. Thomson Foundation, and Ann and Dick Zylstra