SING DC! is CCW’s community outreach program designed to provide introductory choral training to under-resourced students in the Washington DC community at no cost to participating students or hosting school. The constituencies of SING DC! are any and all students with love for singing who have not had access to a structured training like CCW. In a nurturing environment where no prior voice training is required, they learn proper vocal technique, basic music theory, how to develop musicality and expression. In addition, the SING DC! students build important life skills at the same time: collaboration, communication, discipline and self-confidence. By making this outreach program available on-site and free to students, we hope to break down the barriers of economic and geographical challenges, and empower the young voices right in their neighborhood.
Program Status: Spring 2016
We will soon start a new partnership with Creative Minds International Public Charter School and be their first after-school Choral club open to their 2nd through 5th graders.
Program Status: Fall 2015
This fall CCW started a new partnership with The Washington School for Girls. SING DC!, CCW’s introductory choral music program will be offered weekly throughout the whole school year to 3rd and 4th graders as part of their arts curriculum. What an exciting new adventure!
Excerpt from Washington School for Girls Winter Concert December 2015 with our Sing DC! girls!
We are also working on building new partnerships with other schools in the district.
Program Status: Fall 2014
SING DC! renews its partnerships with Capital City Public Charter School and Truesdell Education Campus, NW Washington, DC. At Capital City public Charter School, the program will focus on 2nd to 4th graders, while at Truesdell, the students will come from 3rd to 5th grades.
Program Status: Spring 2014
SING DC! started at Capital City Public Charter School, NW Washington, DC in September 2013.
After a successful first 10-week session led by Ms. Sonya Knussen (also CCW’s PREP Class instructor), the SING DC! students developed both their musicianship and confidence, and presented their skills in a showcase, to which their parents, teachers, and friends were invited.
Based on last semester’s success, CCW is now pursuing its second semester of SING DC! at Capital City Public Charter School, which started on January 21st. It has been exciting to bring back the students from last semester and welcome new students who will discover choral music for the first time.
Also, SING DC! has expanded and is now partnering with another nearby D.C. public school, Truesdell Education Campus, reaching out to many more students in the community.
Our spring curriculum included vocal dynamics, pitch-matching, musical memory, call and response, rounds/canons, and internal rhythm exercises. SING DC students from both schools performed in front of their peers, teachers and families in their respective school, at the end of the 10-week session.
Program Status: Spring 2013
On September 19th, 2012, Children’s Chorus of Washington began the pilot semester of SING DC! at Cesar Chavez Parkside Middle School, located in Northeast DC.
After a successful 10-week session led by Ms. Sonya Knussen (also CCW’s PREP CLASS instructor), the SING DC! students developed both their musicianship and confidence, and presented their skills in a showcase, to which their parents, teachers, and friends were invited.
Based on last semester’s success, CCW has begun the second semester of SING DC! at Chavez Middle on January 29th. It has been exciting to bring back the students from last semester and welcome new students who will discover choral music for the first time.
Our spring curriculum includes vocal dynamics, pitch-matching, musical memory, call and response, rounds/canons, internal rhythm exercises.
“…Our school serves one of the District’s most underserved neighborhoods, and for the first time, the halls of our school are filled with beautiful music. Please continue to support SING-DC!’s important work here at Chavez Parkside MS, as they partner with us to transform our school and neighborhood.”
– Vice Principal, Cesar Chavez Parkside Middle School
“What I enjoyed most about SING DC! was that I got a chance to explore and find different levels and tones of my voice.”
– A participant (8th grader)
“Yes, I would participate in SING DC! again. Hopefully they can come to Chavez High School next year, so I can participate.”
– A participant (8th grader)
We thank the following supporters of SING DC! program:
Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Morgan Family Foundation, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation
The Campbell Family Foundation