SCC set as one of its initiatives the importance of reaching out to diverse and under-served children in the community in order to share the many intangible benefits of excellent music education. Since 2012 this initiative has included the following:
- The Young Musicians Project of Imagine Syracuse—a collaborative event, which included workshops in music, poetry, art, dance—led by guest artists and musicians exploring themes of peace, conflict, friendship and community building.
- “Visions of Peace” a community concert at Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University.
- Scholarships through grant funding from the Reisman Foundation, the Helen R. Brady Memorial Fund, and the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, allow young singers from Cathedral Academy at Pompei, a multi-cultural community, the opportunity to participate as full members of the Syracuse Children’s Chorus.
- “Let the Children Sing!” choral festival and workshop held annually. School children and their music teachers from a diverse cross section of our community join SCC for a fun and inspirational day of interactive learning, ending with a festive concert open to the public. A variety of music— including pop, gospel, and world music— has been performed, led by guest artists and composers such a Jim Papoulis, Emily Ellsworth and Lee Kesselman. The event provides the children and teachers with the skills, motivation, and enthusiasm to take what they have learned, thereby enhancing the choral singing experience in their individual schools and music classes.