Through a collaborative program between OperaDelaware (OD) and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus (WCC), we address the problem of getting the child to choir rehearsal by “bringing the choir to the child”. This “satellite-site” model creates smaller choirs based in community centers and schools throughout the area.
Through this program we reach youth who have traditionally not had access to such exposure to a classical musical style. The “satellite-site” model has been used with great success, as exemplified by the Chicago Children’s Choir’s use of “Neighborhood Choirs” to reach a more diverse group of youth.
The Neighborhood Choir launched its successful pilot full-year program in 2014 at the Warner School (3rd-5th grade), providing beginning choral training to children who rehearsed once a week for a 12-week residency, culminating in a collaborative rehearsal and joint concert with the Wilmington Children’s Chorus.
Since then, the Neighborhood Choir program has also expanded to into a 22-week music training program for over 200 1st to 5th grade students who are registered for the Latin American Community Center After School Programs. The three LACC Neighborhood Choir sites are Lewis Elementary, Oberle Elementary and the LACC building.
The Neighborhood Choir Program culminates in a public concert at the end of each school year.