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INSPIRING YOUTH THROUGH CHORAL MUSIC

Crescendo Community Chorus strives to reach as many children in the Spokane area as possible--to give them an opportunity to use their voice in making a difference in the community and enriching their lives personally and as a musician. We work to strengthen the musical appreciation of the choral arts received by youth in the Spokane community through a variety of ways:


  • Inspire youth with the highest quality choral literature of a wide diversity, opening their ears to sounds from the entire human experience
  • Schedule performing opportunities that are of artistic benefit to the singers and the community
  • Create opportunities for singers to perform and socialize with other choruses both within Crescendo and throughout the Spokane area


Crescendo Community Chorus is currently composed of two choirs:


The Preparatory Choir consists of boys and girls, ages 7-11, providing a fun and upbeat introduction to choral singing that builds musicianship through solfège-training and rhythm work with an additional emphasis on performance preparation, artistic expression, and musical literacy. Rehearsals are currently every Monday evening at Holy Names Music Center from 4:30-5:30 pm.


The Concert Choir consists of girls and boys with unchanged voices, ages 11-18. This is a performance-based program that builds on the musical literacy skills taught in Preparatory Choir with additional emphasis on performance, artistry, and professional-style musicianship. Concert Choir also rehearses every Monday evening at Holy Names Music Center from 5:30-7:30 pm.


All choirs rehearse for approximately 30 weeks, beginning the last week in August and continuing through the first week of May, taking an early winter break. There are normally six to eight performing opportunities scheduled throughout the year, including a spring and fall concert, friendship concerts with other visiting choirs, the Dilworth Choral Festival, and other community events as opportunities arise. In the past, those opportunities have included “Mass for the Children”, with Spokane Symphony Chorale and Spokane Youth Symphony, Christmas Bureau caroling, Spokane Indians and Spokane Chiefs games, the Spokane Fall Folk Festival, friendship concerts with Bella Armonia Youth Chorale from Missoula, Montana, the Palouse Choral Society Children’s Choir, and the Neema Swahili Choir with Spokane’s World Relief program, and a benefit concert with the Celtic Aires, a local adult choral group. Annual opportunities during the Christmas holiday season include caroling to nursing homes, singing for Journey to Bethlehem, and performing with the Moscow Ballet in the Nutcracker. 


One of the strengths of our program is that ALL kids are accepted as equals in our choirs. No one is turned away. The singers model acceptance and love. At retreats, rehearsals, performances, or social gatherings, the groups become family and provide love and compassion for any singer who walks through the door.


Choral music has the ability to change individuals as they learn about culture, language, art, and community, teaching empathy, compassion, and respect towards those who are different from themselves. It demands a level of excellence that stretches each singer to work hard as an individual while achieving a common goal as a group through teamwork and discipline. Performing teaches young people about taking risks and dealing with anxiety, contributing to positive mental health. Along with each of these valuable opportunities, Crescendo Community Chorus provides a safe place for self-expression-where youth from different income levels, neighborhoods, lifestyles, and traditions can come together and feel like they are part of something special, helping young people develop cognitive, social, and emotional learning skills to become vibrant and productive citizens in the Spokane community.


If you have a singer that would love to be a part of this quality program, please Contact Us!

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A great piece about the organization was published by The Spokesman Review.
Take a look at it here:
"Choir Sets Stage for Kids’ Artistic, Personal Growth"
To support Crescendo Community Chorus,
please use the link below or send your donations to
PO Box 9961
Spokane, WA  99209



If you would like to specify a use for your donation, please send an email to
treasurer@crescendocommunitychorus.org