Commitment to Musical Education
Members of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale are devoted to music education that enriches the lives of young people in the community and to promote opportunities for young people to excel in singing. Recognizing the Chorale’s potential to inspire and encourage New Mexico’s young singers in 1993, SDCC began its focus on youth development. Today, the Chorale’s youth program consists of an apprentice program for high school students, higher-education scholarships given to outstanding graduating high school music students, and an annual community engagement program for high school choirs, which includes musical training and music donation. The Chorale makes free tickets available to youth through high school chorale directors, largely in underserved communities.
Annual Music Training for High School Choirs
Through our Community Engagement Program, the Chorale has held workshops with many different high school choral programs since 1996. SDCC members have traveled across the state meeting and working alongside choir directors and young singers. The Chorale has sung with about 500 budding musicians in all parts of New Mexico.
The Apprentice Program has offered mentoring to 43 young people from our community, providing them the opportunity to sing with the Chorale for the entire season, learn advanced musical skills and gain an increased understanding of striving for excellence in music. Since this program’s inception more than 20 years ago, many Chorale apprentices have gone on to study music in college and several are now successfully pursuing careers in music.
The Chorale’s Hastings Smith Memorial Vocal Scholarship is available to high school seniors who are interested in continuing their musical education in college. Two $500 scholarships are awarded each spring to students dedicated to singing and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to increase vocal musical experience and progress. Begun in 1996, the Hastings Smith Memorial Vocal Scholarship was established in memory of Hastings Smith, a Sangre de Cristo Chorale singer. The scholarship now has been awarded to 40 recipients pursuing vocal music excellence. Click here to download the Scholarship Information document.