Trenton Children's Chorus (TCC) is a unique nonprofit whose mission is to empower the academic, social, and spiritual lives of children through artistry in music. Our tag line, Making Music, Making Friends, Making a Difference, speaks to TCC's artistry, its commitment to community, and as a reminder that the gift of music can be used to make the world a better place.
Founded in 1989 under the visionary leadership of the late Sue Ellen Page, TCC has long provided a place where children and youth in the greater Trenton area can experience exceptional music education, collaborative events and performance opportunities along with academic support and healthy snacks after school. Sue Ellen's vision and work, supported by the outreach ministries of Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Church of Princeton, lives on and has grown and evolved into being an independent 501(c)(3) organization.
TCC's life-changing experiences of reaching new heights of achievement through the disciplines of rehearsal and performance are designed to help its participants appreciate the value of self-discipline and commitment to a goal; broaden their outlook on life believing that a wide range of possibilities are available to them; build skills that will promote their future success and happiness; enhance their self-esteem and embrace the transformative joy of music. They are also taught to recognize the importance of community, valuing the support and friendship they receive from others and actively contributing their talents and friendship to the group.
TCC serves children in Pre-K through 12th grade. Besides music education, TCC also offers drumming and keyboard instruction, exceptional performance opportunities, music theory instruction, tutoring, homework assistance, SAT prep, college application help, and summer camp scholarships. Tuition is based on a sliding scale and no child is ever denied participation because of limited resources.
The Learning Academy supports the well-being of the entire child and helps to develop in each child a sense of her/himself as a learner. It also fosters school-adaptive skills including effective learning and studying skills; academic task orientation and understanding; organization, time/task management and persistence; and assists students in achieving grade level math and literacy.
The most tangible impact of participation in TCC is the fact that 100% of choristers who stay with the program through high school, graduate and go on to attend college. TCC offers scholarships to its participants who are pursuing college or vocational degrees, with contributions to these costs up to $1,000 per semester.
Select choristers receive a higher-level choral experience through performances with more accomplished groups and/or audiences. TCC has performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, the United Nations, the National Cathedral, and in concert with Dave Brubeck and Bobby McFerrin. TCC choristers joined the National Peace Train Tour in 2016, performing in New York, Baltimore, and World Café Live in Philadelphia, ending the tour at the South African Embassy in Washington, DC. TCC has partnered with the Princeton Festival for their 2014 production of Porgy and Bess at McCarter Theater, Princeton Pro Musica for their Holiday Classics concert at Patriots Theater, the American Repertory Ballet for The Nutcracker at Patriots Theater, joined the adult professional cast for Boheme Opera NJ's performance of Carmen at Kendal Theater at The College of New Jersey, and spent a day having lunch, rehearsing and performing with rising Metropolitan Opera star Ryan Speedo Green. Other performances include an Alpha Kappa Alpha Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday breakfast; Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson's Annual Holiday Concert; for STEM mentors at Bristol-Meyers Squibb and the Colgate-Palmolive Company; a benefit event for the Sourlands Conservancy; and Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora's inauguration. The chorus performs regularly at corporate, community, and private events in the Greater Trenton area.