“I can’t wait for Dreams, it’s so much fun.”
“It’s my favorite part of the year!”
Anne Dugan, SCG Founding Teaching Artist, overheard these comments back in October when rehearsals started. She was surprised to hear the students talking excitedly about an event that was seven months away! Talk about an event to look forward to and prepare for!
Catholic Partnership Schools (CPS) in Camden, NJ has been a school choir partner of Sister Cities Girlchoir for 2 years. And, it has been an incredibly powerful partnership. The choir is composed of students from the 5 CPS schools and has a tradition of coming together to rehearse and perform at their annual “Dreams of our Children” event, held each spring at Rutgers University, Camden. In past years this was the choirs only performance, but for the last two years SCG has added year round choir and 5 additional performances to the choir calendar. It was a busy and exciting year showcasing these terrific singers, their voices and their passion.
Dreams is a celebration of arts, music, and partnerships. 2017 marks year seven for this exciting event. Each year, there are more than 200 students participating and about 500 people in attendance. There have some set pieces each year: performances by the CPS Choir (with two selections with Greater South Jersey Chorus), orchestra, advanced band, and strings (all partnered with Symphony in C). Also, there are two awards, the Excellence and Leadership Award and the Courage, Compassion and Confidence award. Each of the five schools also does a performance piece. Three of the schools work with teaching artists from Perkins Center for the Arts and two create their own performances. St. Anthony School performed a Shakespearean scene, in costume and with instruments as well! In addition, there is a visual arts presentation that’s projected onto the big screen in the theater.
The CPS choir sang with energy and pride on May 12th for the 7th annual Dreams.
And we couldn’t be more proud of them!