The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. — Aristotle
Dear Seattle Girls’ Choir Friend and Supporter,
I’m hoping to see you at our annual Holiday Concert at Town Hall on December 14th, where in addition to hearing beautiful, festive music, you may see a quiet girl who, when cheered on by her choir, stood up in rehearsal to sing a challenging solo, giving her the confidence to someday be a public speaker. You may see a girl who will someday decide to give back to the community as a teacher, inspired by the friendships, acceptance, and support she has found at Seattle Girls’ Choir. You may see the girl who will go on to receive a medical degree with the same work ethic she learned in SGC when studying a very difficult passage of music at home so that it was spot-on for the next rehearsal. Seattle Girls’ Choir provides a strong choral education for our 150 girls this year, but it provides so much more: a safe, supportive environment for learning life skills and finding lifetime friendships.
These girls and many of their parents know that studying music and singing together provide a rich sense of belonging. A rehearsal begins with a canvas of silence, but in working together, the girls under the guidance of their conductors create music that is grander than any one person could produce alone. It’s the phenomenon of a team, a team that relies on each other. As a team that sings together, a choir shares something very special. It’s a team that inhales and exhales together with absolute community and oneness, creating with that breath carefully and thoughtfully produced sounds for hours upon hours each year. It’s a team that comes together in concert to present stirring sounds and moving messages about the strength and potential of the human spirit. Young girls raise their growing voices with sound reaching the very back of a huge hall followed in turn by young women singing an intricate, multi-layered message of hope. Yes, a choir – the whole – is indubitably greater than the sum of its parts.
It is this spirit of unity that makes the Annual Fund so important to Seattle Girls’ Choir. The Annual Fund is SGC’s fundraising priority. It is an opportunity for all of us who believe in the value of music to the human spirit, and who believe in SGC, to come together and contribute to a single cause, to act as one entity.
Tuition covers only about half of our operating expenses each year. Your tax deductible gift to the Annual Fund will go directly toward this year’s operating costs such as paying our staff and space rental. Your generosity will enable us to continue to provide girls in the Puget Sound area with meaningful, life-changing opportunities, an outlet for their love of singing, and a place to belong — regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
Our Annual Fund goal this year is that each and every friend, parent, neighbor who believes in the power of the SGC experience gives generously to reach our $50,000 goal. Please join me in giving generously. In working together, we accomplish more than closing the tuition gap. If we all work together, we can speak together with one voice to say that we deeply value the beauty of music that the girls and faculty of SGC offer to the world, that we commend the hard work of our girls and our staff, and that we recognize the benefits of this hard work on the girls’ futures.
Barbara Jamison Logan
Board President and SGC Parent