The Gunn Choir: Creating Equity in the Arts for Every Student
$18,765 USD raised by 130 backers
93% of $20,000 goal
Who We Are
The Gunn High School Choir is a 150 voice choral ensemble from Palo Alto, CA. We embrace singing as a transformative experience that gives our high school students the vital purpose, community and harmony essential for their well-being.
Equity is the fundamental principle of our Choir. We offer international singing tours to all students, regardless of their families’ ability to pay the full cost. This year’s tour is to Italy in June of 2019 where our singers will perform Mass at the Vatican, among other famous locations.
We are committed to providing financial support to families who want their children to have this once in a lifetime opportunity, but can’t possibly afford it.
Despite what you may read, there is real need in the Palo Alto Community. This year we are raising $50,000 to support more than 20 teen singers whose families cannot afford the Italy trip. While our Choir raises funds all year through our Gunn Student/Staff Musical and by singing at Senior Centers, Kiwanis, Rotary Clubs and extensively during the holidays, we cannot reach our goal without your help, too. We need an additional $20,000 in order to make the tour possible for every student.
While some high schools offer “non-school sanctioned” specialty trips that are costly and exclusive, our public schools need to be a place where there is equal opportunity for all. That’s what this scholarship fund and your generosity are helping to create. Over the past 20 years, the Gunn Choir has toured destinations in Europe, Canada, Mexico, New York City and Disneyland, providing hundreds of families with financial support so their children can participate. Students return saying their tour experience was life changing – possibly the most incredible experience of their high school years.
Beyond what the students themselves gain from the experience, we believe there is a greater good. By sharing the joy of music on a global scale, our students become the best kind of ambassadors for a more harmonious world.
So please….give to our fundraising campaign at whatever level you can afford. Our public schools play a role in sharing the arts between cultures, in blending our voices with others, and in giving each student a chance to experience the power of voice on a global scale.
Our world needs all the harmony it can get, and that’s what this scholarship fund and your generosity are helping to create.
Support these deserving kids and families! And please consider sharing our message through email or social media with your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc.