Chamber Chorus takes a bow after a successful fall concert.
In Summer 2021, UC Chamber Chorus is going abroad for a 7-day international tour and we’re counting on your support to ensure all of our students can embark on this once-in-a-lifetime performance experience!
The idea for this tour was born in summer 2019, when Chamber Chorus director Dr. Wei Cheng sat down with our officer team to discuss ways to increase the Chorus’s visibility. We realized that despite our successful concerts and artistic excellence, our choir hasn’t traveled in years and many of our current musicians have never performed outside of Hertz Hall.
We aim to make international touring and cultural exchange an integral part of our curriculum and envision our Summer 2021 tour as the first of many. We know the first step lies in creating a financially-inclusive experience for our entire group, regardless of circumstance or background, and we plan to provide partial and full scholarships for our students based on financial need. Our journey to grow the chorus and develop our students as musicians and as leaders starts with this crowdfunding campaign. Consider making a gift today!
Who Are We
The UC Chamber Chorus is the university’s premier concert choir, consisting of 45 singer-musicians competitively selected from the greater Berkeley community, including undergraduate and graduate students and community members. Directed by Dr. Wei Cheng, the Chamber Chorus is acclaimed for its readings of early and contemporary music and has performed in venues like Grace Cathedral, Walt Disney Hall, and Carnegie Hall. In spring 2019, the Chamber Chorus partnered with Volti and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London under Esa-Pekka Salonen to premiere Dreamers, an oratorio about the stories of undocumented immigrants written by Berkeley alum and award-winning composer Jimmy Lopez.
A group of undergraduate and graduate students mix and mingle at our holiday potluck!
The strength of our choir comes from the diversity of our musicians. Our members include underrepresented minorities, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, spanning from graduate students pursuing PhDs in Physics to undergraduates studying Environmental Design to Music majors who plan to turn singing into their career. Our choir is a family, coming together outside of rehearsal at potlucks, retreats, hiking trips, and more.
How Your Support Helps
Performing on this tour will allow our students to develop their leadership skills, to work diligently on complex repertoire, and to collaborate with international musicians, helping to create unity through cultural exchange.
To give you an idea of the expenses, here’s a breakdown of one student’s trip costs:
- Land Price - $1,600: Coordination and marketing of 3 concerts, 7 nights of accommodation, ground transportation, and the majority of meals.
- Airfare - $1,000: Round-trip international airfare.
- Taxes - $400: Air taxes and fuel surcharges.
Every dollar from this campaign will go towards funding need-based scholarships for our Summer 2021 tour.
Support scholarships for our students by making a gift today!
Yazmin Mercado, soprano, sings a solo from Handel's "Messiah" to a sold-out audience.
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