Send the SMC Choir to South Africa!

This campaign ended on March 24, 2018, but you can still make a gift to Saint Mary's College of California by clicking here!

Who we are: The Glee Club and Chamber Singers. We're one group of singers with two names. Most of us are non-music majors who enjoy serving as unofficial ambassadors for the college by participating in regional choral festivals and events. We also compete internationally. 


Our musical diversity (and reputation to move audiences with both transcendent classical moments and head-bobbing grooves) attracts many invitations to perform at campus events with distinguished guests, local charitable causes, high profile sports games, and formal sacred gatherings. To encourage the joy of music-making, we provide outreach to high schools in Northern California and beyond throughout the year, by offering to host campus visits and to share performances in concerts. 


Why are We Fundraising? In July 2014, the choir received two Gold Medals at the World Choir Games (WCG) in Riga, Latvia and so we have qualified for the WCG Champions Competition in South Africa this coming summer! We will present classical and pop sets before a large audience and a seven-member panel of international judges. Gold Medals are awarded for those earning a 90% or above according to an international scoring system. All choirs being measured according to set standards (and not against one another), the event is very collegial, focusing on choral excellence and intercultural exchange. 


WCG begins with a Parade of Nations, and as representatives of the United States, we are adjacent to choirs from Uganda, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Despite language barriers, the singers spontaneously find songs they know in common, improvise harmony, and dance all along the route: the goodwill and sense of humanity and connection is deeply moving. We need contributions (any amount is appreciated) to ensure that ALL choir members can travel regardless of their financial situation. 


While we offer great thanks for the tremendous generosity already provided and are honored to represent our college, town, state, and country, we have just $15,000 of our $195,000 goal left to get us there!

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