The Syracuse Children’s Chorus is in desperate need of new members or says it may have no choice but to close down.
SCC is looking for kids between the ages of 8-18 for the group’s 38th season.
Board President Helene Gold says, “We’re looking for students who love to sing and who want more, who want more singing and more opportunities.”
She says the group has been watching its number of singers decline the last few years and is now at a level barely large enough to support the organization.
They say kids from anywhere in the area are welcome to join the group with the dozens of returning members.
“Besides children, we’re looking for sponsorships for our concerts from corporations, from individuals and also donations.” Gold tells NewsChannel 9.
She says that could help them attract children from underserved areas via scholarship.
The Syracuse Children’s Chorus has a strong partnership with Syracuse University, including practices at the Setnor School of Music and some performances on campus, something Gold says they hope to strengthen even more.
Gold says, “We sing with the Holiday Pops for Symphoria. We sang at the Chiefs game and we will be doing that again next spring and we’re singing at the tree lighting at the Marriott Hotel, so we have a lot of different venues that we go to.”
And she adds that SCC offers kids a range of different genres to sing as well.
“By July 15th if we don’t have the numbers we will have to close our doors, and that’s heartbreaking to me.” Gold says.
The Syracuse Children’s Chorus is holding auditions now.