The Singing Stories Project - What happens when we sing together?
Date: March 31, 2011
In January, the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) launched The Singing Stories Project to explore the question, “What happens when we sing together?” The project is a prelude to CCGD’s 2011-2012 season which celebrates its 15th year of making choral excellence accessible to all Dallas children and youth.
A survey for anyone who sings or has sung in a chorus, is a parent of a chorister, or is a fan of choral music is available on CCGD’s website and has already been emailed to hundreds of people. CCGD is hoping that the survey will be forwarded to others so that the responses will reflect a broad spectrum of individual experiences.
The following are examples of questions found on the survey. How has being a part of beautiful music making touched your life? What have you learned about yourself? What was your most memorable experience? The entire survey and a 30 second video clip is available at http://www.thechildrenschorus.org/singing-stories-project
Artistic director Cynthia Nott explained, “We want to uncover amazing stories to inspire, shape and narrate our 15th anniversary concert season and document the profound impact choral music has on the lives of individuals and the community.“
The Singing Stories Project was initially titled Why I Sing, but was later renamed to reflect the emphasis on the power of group singing. The 2009 Chorus America Chorus Impact Study provides data that indicates children who sing in choruses gain valuable life skills, have higher self-esteem, and perform better academically than those who do not. The Singing Stories Project intends to provide anecdotal evidence to illustrate these findings as well as weave the stories’ themes into CCGD’s concert season.