Trenton ~ Trenton Children's Chorus (TCC) is winding up the year with its annual Spring Concert on Friday, May 12 at 7:00pm. The culminating event features children in grades K through 12, from all six of the organization’s choirs. The inspirational theme of this year’s concert is Stand Up, encouraging participating youth to proactively support the things that matter to them. The concert will feature a song from the immensely popular Broadway play, Hamilton, and I Can’t Keep Quiet, by Los Angeles-based artist MILCK, among others. The concert will be held at Covenant Church, 471 Parkway Avenue in Trenton. Admission is free and open to the public.
Trenton Children’s Chorus is an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to empower the academic, social, and spiritual lives of children through artistry in music. TCC provides exceptional music education, academic support, and leadership training to the young people it serves in the greater Trenton, New Jersey area, regardless of each child’s financial situation. Founded in 1989 as an outreach project of two churches in Princeton, New Jersey, Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Episcopal Church, TCC began as an entirely volunteer-run organization with 11 choristers in its first year.
In an urban area where approximately 20 percent of students do not complete high school, 100 percent of TCC’s graduates attend college. Furthermore, TCC offers scholarships to its participants who are pursuing college or vocational degrees, matching family contributions to these costs up to $1,000 per semester. TCC strives to help its participants appreciate the value of self-discipline and commitment to a goal, broaden their outlook on life, recognize the importance of community, build skills that will promote their future success and happiness, enhance their self-esteem, and embrace the transformative joy of music.
Today, TCC serves more than 150 children in grades K through 12. TCC offers choral music education, drumming and keyboard instruction, performance opportunities, music theory instruction, tutoring, homework assistance, SAT prep, college application help, and summer camp scholarships. Tuition is determined based on a sliding scale and no child is ever denied participation because of limited resources.
TCC is known as one of the best children’s choruses in the country and has performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, the United Nations, the National Cathedral, and Princeton University; for the swearing-in ceremony of former United States Representative Rush Holt at the Library of Congress and for the inauguration of Governor Chris Christie; in concert with Bobby McFerrin and Dave Brubeck; and for corporate, community, church, and private events in the Greater Trenton area.
In the next five years, the organization intends to demonstrate that choral singing and other kinds of music study in a setting like TCC’s can be a path to empowerment for children, families, and the community at large. Indeed, TCC aims to show that teaching children and youth to make music gives them the essential tools for success in academic, social, and workplace endeavors.
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