Pensacola, Fla. – March 23, 2021 – The Pensacola Children’s Chorus (PCC) has received a $7,700 grant from Truist Foundation to support eSing, an innovative online music education program.
“A child’s ability to thrive is often determined by the opportunities available to them,” says Alex Gartner, artistic and executive director of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus. Through the generosity of the Truist Foundation, PCC has been able to obtain the necessary AV equipment and subscriptions to support the new online learning program, eSing. “Despite being socially distant, these technology upgrades have afforded PCC the ability to provide a fun and engaging at-home musical experience where children feel connected with one another as they build their musical and social skills,” says Gartner.
eSing members engage in weekly online rehearsals complete with personalized check-ins and perform via professional-quality digital choir projects. PCC premiered the inaugural virtual performance project in December 2020 with Carol of the Bells during Christmas on the Coast. For the center season performance of One World, Many Voices, singers had the opportunity to perform live in the finale alongside their in-person counterparts. eSingers logged in via Zoom, while in-person students held up iPads to display their virtual pals at the Saenger Theatre in front of a live audience. For the first time in a year, virtual students were able to experience a live event and raise their voices with those of our in-person students.
“We believe all children should have access to a high-quality education,” said Tom Owens, Pensacola market president at Truist on behalf of Truist Foundation. “We’re pleased to support Pensacola Children’s Chorus in their efforts to expand music education to children through digital technology.”
Through eSing, the Pensacola Children’s Chorus will equip singers with the tools and skills necessary to navigate an increasingly complex social and emotional landscape. Through investing in the technology and resources required to implement the highest quality online learning experience, the opportunity now exists to provide life-altering musical education to children who have limited community resources.
About the Pensacola Children’s Chorus
The Pensacola Children’s Chorus (PCC) is a non-profit, community-based arts education program which uses music and performance to inspire and nurture a new generation of young leaders. Serving 300 young musicians from over 60 schools across Northwest Florida and Southwest Alabama, PCC uses music education to provide opportunities for personal growth, friendship, and community service. From its humble beginnings in 1990 as an outreach program of the Pensacola Symphony, the organization continues to pursue diversity of talent, repertoire, and performance to enhance and enliven the cultural fabric of our community. To fulfill its role as the preeminent regional youth music education program, PCC presents a full season of outreach, educational programs, and performances each year for thousands of children, youth, and adults.
About Truist Foundation
The Truist Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Learn more at Truist.com/Purpose/Truist-Foundation.