Sing for America (SFA) is a not-for-profit organization focused on supporting the performing arts in our communities. We believe that music enriches the lives of all people. The musical arts – whether high school glee clubs, orchestra camps, community choruses, orchestras and theaters, music programs in the schools – all are a vital part of our communities. It’s no secret that funding for all arts programs is dwindling, and so SFA’s primary goal is to support the arts in America.
Sing for America’s strategy is to use the arts to fund the arts – raising money through member–supported, volunteer–performed benefit concerts. The inaugural performance was held on April 17, 2012, in San Francisco’s historic Herbst Theater. In exchange for world–class choral training and fundraising support, SFA members helped raise money to support the musical arts in our communities. Much like other activity-based fundraising efforts (marathons, walk–thons), SFA helps people raise funds through singing.
Unlike other organizations, SFA allows members to influence where their contributions go – half of the money raised by each member goes directly to the organization of their own choosing.
The SFA Experience
Sing for America was conceived as a ten or so week event that would bring together some of the 30 million adult Americans who sing in choruses across the land, with their generous and community spirits, recognizing the natural team persona that resides in all choruses. We would then empower them to raise their voices, professionals and amateurs alike, of any age and arm them with the modern tools of online fundraising.
We incorporate the natural social benefits of singing in a chorus and getting together each week for rehearsal with the personal opportunity to benefit the performing arts, arts education or any charity chosen by each individual singing in the chorus. An individual from a small chorus, or active as a volunteer in another organization, can step into our chorus for a short part of the year, reinforced by professional choristers surrounding them in both rehearsal and performance (such as the one highlighted on our Performance 2013 page).
Professional soloists from the world of opera, jazz, comedy and Broadway join us in performance... those who have sung (are singing) on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and on Broadway.
And at the end of it all, after a great time, each chorister takes the fruit of their fundraising to their charity, their chorus, their performing arts favorite…. a bonus to the fun and eventful process in which they participated.
"Sing for America is an organization where everyone wins. Many of my friends love to sing but have no avenue. Sing for America allows folks to experience the world of the professional performing musician and at the very same time raise funds and awareness for the charity of their choice. Everyone wins with Sing for America!"
- Jim Salestrom, Musical Director for the 2013 John Denver Tour and member of Dolly Parton's Band.
The 2014 Rehearsal Experience
- Rehearsals begin January 6th culminating in a concert on March 30th.
- Rehearsals are held once a week on Monday evenings.
- Rehearsal Venue is at the Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco.
- SFA provides all sheet music, conductors and accompanists; you provide the voice.
- SFA incorporates a social break into rehearsal: have a beverage and say hello to the tenor sitting behind you!