Another great year has come to a close, and we’d like to share some highlights with our community! The dedication and talent of our choristers, along with the support from their families, faculty, and volunteers, have made unforgettable experiences, growth, and accomplishments possible. We deeply appreciate your continuous encouragement in fostering these young people’s choral education.
Our city’s passion for music shone brightly this year as we enrolled more choristers than ever before and hosted community performances that reached hundreds of audience members. Here are some program highlights:
- Vivissimi began the December season with a performance at Providence O’Christmas Trees, while Sorella and Dolcine participated in a fundraiser for Lowell Elementary School. Entrata and Cantamus performed for the residents of Aljoya retirement community, Allegra collaborated with the Byrd Ensemble in Lessons and Carols, and Prime Voci delivered two stunning performances of their annual concert, Carmina Angelorum.
- In January we started a second section of Piccolini on Wednesday afternoons- an organizational first! These young singers quickly developed their skills and performed a recital for families in March, alongside our other young ensembles. In the same month, we hosted a concert for Allegra and Cantamus at Our Lady of the Lake Church. On April 1, Sorella and Prime Voci sang at our Voices fundraiser, helping us raise over $50,000.
- In May, Prime Voci presented a powerful concert titled Unsung Voices, featuring works by female composers. Attendees were moved to tears by the performance, with many expressing their gratitude for the unique musical experience. Highlights from the concert can be found on our YouTube channel.
- …and of course in between all of the concerts and recitals, our choristers were making great strides in their vocal technique, ear training, theory, and musicianship. Not to mention the strong bonds of friendship that develop over the season during rehearsals, snack breaks, retreats, and carpools.
We are grateful for the financial support we’ve received from individuals, foundations, and government entities this year. Their generosity, including over $80,000 in individual donations, $75,000 in grants, $15,000 in corporate matching gifts, and over $20,000 from other fundraising activities associated with our Voices fundraiser, has played a vital role in our success.
As we look ahead to next year, we are filled with anticipation and excitement for what lies ahead. With many eager singers signed up to audition, we expect to have an even greater number of choristers. We will open a second section of Dolcine, alongside our two sections of Piccolini, and welcome new members to our upper ensembles. We plan to team up with other choral groups in the region, which will surely enrich the musical experience of our choristers. Cantamus and Prime Voci will have the opportunity to travel for festivals and competitions, meeting other choristers from around the country and around the globe, respectively.
All of this growth means an increased need for your support. If you haven’t yet made a donation to Seattle Girls Choir this year, we encourage you to do so. Donations from friends and family like you will put us in a strong position for next year. We will be able to provide financial aid to more families, offer discounted tickets to concerts, and give choristers the most comprehensive and supportive choral education possible. In order to do more, we need more help. Thank you for considering how you can support Seattle Girls Choir!
And thank you once again for being an integral part of SGC. We look forward to another incredible year of music, growth, and community impact.
-Sarra, Meaghan, and the whole SGC team