The San Diego Children’s Choir is opening a new location in Carlsbad, beginning January 2015, marking an expansion into North County for the organization that was established in 1990.
The Carlsbad location will meet in the newly-opened arts building on the campus of the Pacific Ridge School, 6269 El Fuerte Street in Carlsbad, adding to existing locations in Del Mar, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Old Town, and Lake Murray.
The San Diego Children’s Choir is a non-profit organization now in its 25th year, serving nearly 300 children with six rehearsal sites throughout the county. Choirs include grades 1-2, 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12, and the children come together as part of their larger choir to perform.
Designated by the city of San Diego as official “Ambassadors of Song,” the young singers have the chance to experience professional performance opportunities, including collaborations with the San Diego Symphony, California Ballet, the San Diego Master Chorale, CD recordings, and tours. This year, the choir will tour to New Orleans—previous tours have included Europe, Australia, and the U.S.
“The children develop skills in teamwork, self-confidence, and a desire for excellence and success that carries over into other aspects of learning and life,” says Dr. Aaron Mitchell, Artistic Director, citing studies that demonstrate the impact of a music education on other areas of academic and personal development.
Mitchell continues: “In today’s academic world, where the focus is on tested subjects in the schools, it is team music-making experiences like this that fill the gap in a child’s development and make the difference in motivating individuals to succeed.”