ICC's Community Connections: Community Outreach Through Song
The ICC’s outreach efforts directly reflect our vision to bridge across cultures, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds to bring choral music to all children. Through this commitment to serving the entire central Indiana community, the musical excellence of the ICC is available through many outreach initiatives.
The ICC’s Community Connections programs include:
- Financial Assistance Program
- Music At Play
- Preschool Outreach Program (POP)
- The Young Exceptional Singers (YES) program
- Neighborhood Choir Academy
POP is a reoccurring, one or two-day event designed specifically for preschool-age children as they take their first steps in their musical journey. POP events are held throughout the community for a nominal fee.
Created for singers in grades 1-3, YES! allows children to experience the artistry of the ICC in one fun-filled day that concludes with a performance. Held at locations across central Indiana, these events come at a small fee for singers to increase access to the leadership, choral instruction, and friendship that the ICC offers.
This after-school program extends the reach and impact of the ICC by partnering ICC artistic staff with school music departments to deliver carefully designed choral instruction. Because rehearsals take place at the participants’ school, this allows the ICC to reach children in their own neighborhoods and reduces transportation as a barrier. NCA students participate in ICC concert performances and are encouraged to join the ICC.
Financial Assistance Program
Financial assistance directly helps families by reducing costs so that their economic situation is not a barrier to participation in ICC programs. Assistance is available for costs associated with choir tuition, summer camp registration, and other ICC events. Based on need, eligible families may have up to 85% of tuition expenses relieved.
Music At Play in Schools and Communities (MAP)
MAP is an ICC-developed curriculum that introduces preschool children to music in a playful environment, establishing an important foundation for growing a love and appreciation for music. By offering this program through diverse locations like schools, churches, and community agencies, the ICC is able to bring music to many more children at this important developmental age.