SMC Choirs Choral-Orchestral Campaign 2023
Our collective voice includes yours. Join us where heart meets art!
You don’t have to sing or even love singing to join us! The purpose of this campaign is primarily to raise money for hiring and collaborating with guest performers with the SMC Concert Chorale and SMC Chamber Choir. In spring of 2023, we collaborated with the SMC Symphony Orchestra in the performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. In the future, we are planning on performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the SMC Symphony Orchestra and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert with the SMC Jazz Band. Toward that end, we are trying to raise $10,000 by November 28.
Your gift matters! Your generous support helps us with the following estimated costs:
- For some of the pieces we perform, we hire soloists and instrumentalists who are specialized for the genre/style so our students learn from the best in the industry.
- Purchasing and renting repertoire for the choral and choral-orchestral libraries
- Providing music and resources for participating local schools. For example, Venice High School treble choir will join us on the Broad Stage for Carmina Burana.
- Inviting master teachers and special guest artists to campus to work with our singers
- Paying performance rights
The SMC Concert Chorale & SMC Chamber Choir were created to provide students and community musicians a high caliber of opportunities through a colorful range of choral-orchestral and vocal-instrumental music. Dr. Jeremiah Selvey leads the two organizations and is proud to serve as a role model for underrepresented queer and Hispanic people in his community. Under his leadership, we bring people together from all walks of life to sing stories celebrating our interconnectedness and to ignite our passion for great music. From high school to retirement age, all are welcome!
If you are interested in singing in an SMC Choir or attending our concerts, visit our website.
- Through the transformative power of music, singers in our program learn to imbue each performance with emotional and musical expression while also creating relevance for our world today.
- By learning to sing together, we synchronize our heart beats and breathing.
- Singing in an ensemble enriches emotional and social well-being.
- Our singers are in the process of becoming global citizens and leaders.
- Students get higher grades when they are in a music ensemble.
Our performances are held both at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica and in the greater Los Angeles area. Our goal is to materialize relationships with local schools to strengthen music education, to provide opportunities to community members who thrive to stay active in the music industry, and to engage with disadvantaged residents in the community.
We are committed to making the world better through our singing!
Listen to snippets of rehearsal this semester.
Then join us by giving generously--adding your voice to ours--where heart meets art!
The SMC Symphony Orchestra was created in 1985 by Lida Oliver Beasley to provide students and community musicians a high caliber of opportunities through a wide range of symphonic, choral, oratorio, and operatic music. The SMC Orchestra involves a variety of musicians, from high school, collegiate, and freelance musicians, who want to explore symphonic literature, focusing on the performance and study of major orchestral works, contemporary literature, and works from living composers. Maestra Mercedes Juan Musotto leads SMC Symphony Orchestra and is proud to become a role model for young, underrepresented women of color in her community.
The SMC Jazz Ensemble dates back several decades. It has traditionally been configured as a jazz orchestra, consisting of four sections: woodwinds, trumpets, trombones, and rhythm. It was formed to give students and community members an opportunity to rehearse and perform jazz-oriented material with a diverse group of fellow musicians. The band’s director, Frederick Keith Fiddmont, is celebrating his 25th year as the leader of the ensemble. He is a veteran of big bands led by Lionel Hampton, Bob Mintzer, and John Clayton. Over the years, the band has hosted concerts featuring jazz legends such as Snooky Young, Jeff Clayton, Bob Sheppard, Oscar Brashear, and Barbara Morrison.
Donations are tax exempt.
Thank you to all of our donors for your support!
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