In 1990 San Diego Children’s Choir was founded and continued under the direction of Polly Campbell, a devoted music lover and educator, until her passing in 2000. They began with only a single branch and two choir levels but a strong enrollment of 42 children. The choir now has five branches with four choir levels and over 250 participants. They also have a neighborhood outreach program that spans City Heights, Imperial Beach and National City and which continues to grow.
In June 1993 the Choir participated in its first tour: The Golden Gate International Children's Choral Festival in Northern California. They have since participated in national and international tours including Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Hawaii, Australia and Switzerland. They have seen the hills alive with music in Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg (where The Sound of Musicwas filmed), serenaded Michelangelo's David in Florence and let their voices echo in La Cathédrale de Chartres.
Entering their 26th season, the SDCC recognizes the importance of progress in the Arts where schools leave off. The Choir is open to girls and boys ages 4-18 from all racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds. The children are taught music theory, sight reading and tonal accuracy with consistent rehearsal schedules. The Choir maintains and continues to cultivate an organization where music is not only taught, but also revered for being a building tool for confidence, responsibility and community.