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TCC'S One Voice 2021: Together Again - Huge Success

Trenton, NJ -- The string lights glimmered and grateful eyes shimmered under the enormous garden tent as Trenton Children's Chorus (TCC) choristers took the stage at Morven Museum and Garden on Thursday, October 7 at the annual One Voice: Together Again benefit. Youthful, angelic voices soared over string melodies provided by Princeton University Sinfonia members; voices that urged attendees to "Hold Fast to Dreams," (a signature piece from TCC's early years). It was a magical moment, signaling the hope of the year that lay ahead.

 

Tanice Fitzpatrick, TCC board member and long-time supporter, said that the young choir uplifted her spirits and helped recall important memories with TCC: "I was impressed, enchanted, and inspired! A very impactful message for all of us right now. I still think about that night and how important it is to hold fast to your dreams."

 

Finally, after a long eighteen months, TCC members performed live once again – albeit masked and distanced - for an enthralled audience of community members. The centerpiece of the evening featured the TCC Opportunity Fund – a development of the Support A Chorister campaign that aims to open doors for every TCC chorister in their academic, social, and musical lives. In an amazing testimony to community support for the young singers, the One Voice benefit brought in over $125,000 in revenue for the organization.

 

"The Opportunity Fund envelopes all of the ways Trenton youth are given access through TCC's program," said Kate Mulligan, Executive Director. "Middle school, high school, and college tuition scholarships are available every year for our choristers. We even offer a matching program to fund music lessons beyond TCC, and we partner with Hopewell Valley Chorus each spring to raise funds for summer camp placements for singers."

 

TCC has plans to work in the future with big-name artists like Tony award nominee Philip Boykin and opera star Angel Blue. The Opportunity Fund brings artists into TCC to work closely with children and young adults to unleash their creative spirits.

 

"Last year, we hosted Damien L. Sneed as our Composer-In-Residence. The kids put together original poetry on the theme of 'overcoming,' and he set their words to music that'll be premiered in February. This year, we are going to Carnegie Hall in May to sing under John Rutter's legendary baton. The Opportunity Fund supports these kinds of programs that go beyond the rehearsal room." While Kate Mulligan has been at the helm of TCC's advancement over the past few years, this will be her final run with the choristers as she moves forward to pursue other ventures.

 

"Working with the phenomenal staff and children at TCC has been an honor and a joy. I am thrilled to have been part of such a successful time for the program, and eagerly look forward to supporting its big plans in the future as a community member."

 

You can get involved and support the Opportunity Fund today by visiting trentonchildrenschorus.org/donate.

 

Trenton Children's Chorus is an after-school program that traditionally provides exceptional choral music education and performance opportunities for over 100 young people in grades K-12 from Trenton and the surrounding communities, as well as academic support, SAT prep, assistance with college application, and summer camp scholarships. TCC's transformative experiences have included performances at the White House, United Nations, the National Cathedral, the Library of Congress, the inauguration of Governor Chris Christie, Princeton University, in concert with Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck and Stanley Jordan and for local corporate, community, church, and private events.

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