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Giving voice to the future

Give your Children the Chance of a Lifetime

The Sing! Program is a free, after-school choral initiative open to elementary students (grades 1 and up) in Santa Barbara County. Performance opportunities include concerts and collaborations such as recent appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Joyce DiDonato, and the Music Academy Summer Festival production of Puccini’s La bohème.

New in 2023-24! Miraflores Singers, open to grades 6-9, offers post-elementary students a space to hone their choral skills.

The program’s objectives are to help children:

  • Work together with others from many different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds to create something larger than themselves.
  • Discover and develop their ability to imagine and express themselves through music.
  • Gain confidence in using their voice to communicate ideas and emotions.
  • Work together to create something larger than themselves.
  • Learn about people and cultures from around the world through singing.
  • Foster a lifelong love for listening to and making music.



Sign up today to select your preferred rehearsal site. We will be in touch to schedule your child for an introductory audition.
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2023/24 Rehearsal Schedule

(rehearsals launched September 18)

Two weekly rehearsals take place at your preferred school, plus monthly
all-choir gatherings at the Music Academy on select Saturdays.

ADAMS: M 3:15 – 4:45 PM  *1-6 grade / W 1:45 – 3:15 PM  *4-6 grade
CANALINO:  W 2:45 – 4:15 PM  *1-6 grade / F 2:45 – 4:15 PM  *4-6 grade
FRANKLIN: M 3 – 4:30 PM  *1-6 grade / F 3 – 4:30 PM *4-6 grade
HOLLISTER: T 3 – 4:30 PM  *1-6 grade / Th 2:30 – 4 PM  *4-6 grade
MONROE: T 3:15 – 4:45 PM  *1-6 grade / Th 3:15 – 4:45 PM  *4-6 grade
VIEJA VALLEY: T 3:15 – 4:45 PM  *1-6 grade / F 3:15 – 4:45 PM  *4-6 grade
MUSIC ACADEMY: W 4 – 6 pm *non-elementary


DECEMBER 7, 2023

MAY 21, 2024

JULY 22-28, 2024

Participating Schools

33 elementary schools represented students participating in the Sing! Program during the 2022/23 season:

Adams / Canalino / Crane / El Camino / Foothill / Franklin / Harding / Hollister / Hope / Isla Vista / Kellogg / La Cumbre / Montessori Center / Our Lady of Mt. Carmel / Peabody / Roosevelt / Santa Barbara Charter School / Washington / Cold Spring / Aliso / The Howard School / Monte Vista / Trivium Charter School / California Virtual Academy Charter School / Heartland Charter School / Goleta Family School / Brandon / Vieja Valley / Monroe / Montecito Union / Adelante / St. Raphaels / Providence

Do you want Sing! at your upcoming event?

Organizations or individuals wishing to invite the Sing! Choir to perform for an event are directed to email Program Director, Erin McKibben, at  Inquiries are considered on an individual basis, and are approved based on fit with the Sing! yearly curriculum and the Sing! schedule.  An honorarium is charged for all Sing! performances.

Sing! on KEYT

View the televised segment about the YPC National workshop and performance with SING! at the Music Academy in July.

Sing! on KCLU

Hear the Sing! choristers on the air as they prepare for and talk about their London Symphony Orchestra debut.

Sing! Sponsors

Music Academy gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their generous support of Sing!

Lead Program Sponsors - $100,000+

Mercedes Millington and Jack Mithun

Lead Corporate Sponsor

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Lead Corporate Spnosor

Leadership Donors - $25,000+

Carole MacElhenny
Music Academy Auxiliary
Leslie and Phil Bernstein
Walter and Holly Thomson Foundation, Bank of America, N.A.

Melody Patrons

Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation
The Little One Foundation
The Lucky One Foundation
Luria/Budgor Family Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman
Mary Lynn and Warren Staley
Zegar Family Foundation

Harmony Patrons

Joan Davidson
Marilyn and Dick Mazess
Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts, a field of interest fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation

A Cappella Patrons

Suzanne Calpestri
Lucy Firestone
Karl Kramer Foundation
Harriet Mosson
Roger S. Firestone Foundation
Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation
William H. Kearns Foundation
Ann and Dick Zylstra

Chorister Patrons

Mary Jane and Andy Cooper
Margaret Morez
John and Ellen Pillsbury
Anne Towbes

The Sing! Team

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Erin McKibben
Sing! Program Director
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mica basilici
SING! Choral Director
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Kristine Pacheco-Bernt
SING! Program Administrator
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Sara Coleman
SING! Collaborative Pianist
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Sophie Dalbadie
SING! Site Coordinator
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Matthew Dudley
SING! Site Coordinator
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Steven Thomson
SING! Choral Director
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Grace Wenzel
SING! Collaborative Pianist
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Lila Woodard
SING! Site Coordinator
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Shiqi (Sadee) Xu
SING! Lead Collaborative Pianist
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Tiffany Kyoka Yin
SING! Collaborative Pianist
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