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From the Director

What a wonderful start to SCC's seventh season!  Thank you all for the words of encouragement and for our singers who contributed to Eliot Pfanstiehl's Farewell concert.  Another thank you to those who came to our picnic and pitched in to cook, serve, and clean at the event.  And, a big thank you for coming to our Parent Orientations!

We are well underway learning repertoire for our December 9 concert: Our Voices, Her Song: Music for Children's Choirs by Women Composers.  If you have not had a chance to peek your head into rehearsals to see how it is going, you are welcome to do so during regular rehearsals.

On a Personal Note

Every day, I am humbled and honored for the opportunity to work with you and your children through Strathmore Children's Chorus.  I remember that my childhood singing in choirs with directors as dedicated and caring as the staff we have at SCC helped me find my voice and showed me a path from poverty and welfare to where I am today.  I work with SCC, and I work to better myself as a music educator and choral conductor, to be able to pay that gift forward.  As I finish my doctoral dissertation this semester, you will see part of the project of that work as we collaborate with Montgomery County Public Schools to bring choir to places that don't have one. If all goes to plan, we should have two middle school groups created by Strathmore's Sing Out initiative joining us at our December concert.

Do you have a question for Mr. Wu?

 Please email him directly at mwu@strathmore.org.  



Tuesday, November 20, 5:30-8:30pm for all ensembles except Preparatory.  


Choristers with us last Spring have experienced the way in which we evaluate student work for SCC.  During regular rehearsals for your ensemble at the end of October and all through November, we will have your ensemble director and other musical adults in the rehearsal space evaluating students on the following criteria:


Posture, breath support, vowel shaping (relaxed jaw, forward tongue), independence (ability to hold part), intonation (ability to sing in tune), and mastery of repertoire.

Character Development

Self control, cooperation, listening, attitude, focused in rehearsal, and prepared for rehearsals and concerts.

Music Reading

Rhythmic and melodic


Amount of absences throughout the season.

If there are egregious concerns with a chorister, we will contact parents as soon as possible so that there is time to identify and address those concerns.  Otherwise, our evaluations will be part of a report sent to parents in mid-December to laud the things your chorister is doing right, and to challenge your chorister's musical and vocal growth for the second semester.

2018-19 Rehearsal Information

Preparatory Chorus: Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm, Strathmore Hall, Room 309

Apprentice Chorus: Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15pm, Strathmore Hall, Room 402

Treble Chorus, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, Strathmore Hall, Room 402

Concert Chorus, Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm, AMP by Strathmore

Young Men's Chorus, Mondays, 6:45-8:15pm, AMP by Strathmore

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Saturday, November 17, 8pm: National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale invite members of Treble and Concert Choruses (unchanged voices) to present a concert version of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.

Sunday, December 9, 4pm: Our Voices, Her Song, music written or arranged by female composers for children's choirs.

Tuesday, December 11, 4pm: Preparatory Chorus performance at Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD.  

Saturday, March 16: Maryland Children's Choir Festival, involving SCC's Treble Chorus.  The host ensemble is GloryStar Children's Chorus. Details forthcoming.

Sunday, March 24, 4pm: Children's Choir Festival, involving SCC's Concert Chorus. We are the host ensemble, and guests to include Children's Chorus of Washington and Roanoke Valley Children's Chorus. Details forthcoming.

Saturday, May 4: Strathmore Gala is Strathmore's main fund-raising celebration. We will get details and schedules for the program no later than March 15 to be sure we are all ready.  Details forthcoming.

Friday, May 17, 8pm: Current Music: Living Composers Write for Children's Choirs, including the premier of a new work by Alistair Coleman.

More concerts with more performing partners at Strathmore happen throughout the season. We will give you at least five weeks' notice and be specific about the parameters of such opportunities so that most of the choristers eligible to participate have the chance to add them to their schedules.

SCC Social 

Thanks to everyone for joining us!


America's Navy - Celebrating 243 Years of Service, October 4

National Philharmonic, Lenny's Playlist, October 13, 14

AMP: Friends! The Musical Parody, October 18, 19