The San Diego Children's Choir (SDCC) was founded in 1990 by Polly Campbell, a devoted music professional and educator, who directed the choir until her passing in the year 2000. SDCC was established to provide access to choral music education that had been diminished or removed from the public school curricula. What began as a single branch with two choir levels and 42 enrolled children, has grown to eight branches with four age-based ensembles, an early years program, an after-school neighborhood choir program, and more than 300 participants. SDCC is the area's oldest and largest choral music program for children.
SDCC's mission is to provide children with choral music education and performance opportunities that foster performance excellence and collaboration at the highest artistic level, nurturing individual development and creating a foundation for lifelong success. The Choir enriches the cultural fabric of San Diego County through the transformative power of music.
Since 1993, SDCC has toured both nationally and internationally. The choir's first tour was to Northern California to participate in the Golden Gate International Children's Choral Festival. Subsequent tours include Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hawaii, Australia, Alaska, Oregon and Louisiana. We have seen the hills come alive with music in Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg (where The Sound of Music was filmed), serenaded Michelangelo's David in Florence, and let our voices echo in La Cathédrale de Chartres! Pictures from these amazing tours can be found in the touring section.
Although world travel is amazing, we never forget the most important part, our community. Every opportunity to sing in Southern California is a success for our Choir and we will continue to try and collaborate locally as much as possible. You can find pictures of all our local performances in the local events section.
As we enter our 27th season, SDCC recognizes the importance of progress in the arts where schools leave off. While budgets are being cut all around us, the choir strives to never compromise the quality of our teaching or the opportunities offered to our choristers to sing, grow and tour.