In 2014, OperaDelaware and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus partnered to launch the Neighborhood Choir Program, a satellite-site model that creates smaller choirs in community centers and schools throughout the area. Since then, the program has expanded into a 22-week choral music program that includes over 200 singers in grades K-5 who attend the Latin American Community Center After School Programs in three locations. The singers perform a public concert at the end of each school year.
"There are plenty of opportunities to reach children where they are, both at Warner and within many neighborhood schools," said Kimberly Doucette, artistic director of Wilmington Children’s Choir. "We know through our work with WCC that exposure to musical training and the arts can be life-changing for children in underserved communities. This project makes it easy for more children to grow through a curriculum that values beautiful singing and musicianship while developing leadership, focus and positive social interaction."