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The Syracuse Children’s Chorus (SCC) will kick off its 35th season with its fall concert “Songs of Peace & Freedom” on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. at the University United Methodist Church, 1085 East Genesee St., Syracuse. The concert will feature the world premiere of “Syracuse, In the Presence of the Past” by nationally renowned composer, arranger, choral conductor, teacher, song leader and author Nick Page.

The concert is presented as part of a five-part Connective Corridor choral series “Time and Place” with the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music.

Page will join all four choirs of SCC to sing the history of Syracuse through songs of freedom and peace. The premiere will feature guest school children from Dr. Week’s Elementary School in the Syracuse City School District. Known for his boundless enthusiasm and ability to inspire singers of all ages, Page will lead a magnificent group sing that will transform the audience into joyful, expressive and energized singers.

SCC is under the direction of Artistic Director Stephanie Mowery, Associate Director Katherine Dee Medicis, Director of Tenuto (Young Men’s Ensemble) Da’Jon James and pianist Maryna Mazhukhova.

Priority ticket pricing is $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for children. General ticket pricing is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Syracuse Children’s Chorus office at 315-478-0582 or email

About the Concert Series

The “Time and Place” series was funded through a grant to the College of Visual and Performing Arts from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Featuring world-premiere compositions by national and regional artists, the concerts include performances by visiting guest artists as well as SU and community choral groups. The five concerts are being staged at iconic locations along the Connective Corridor. With works that are narratives culled from personal histories, the series is meant to invoke a “landscape of time and place.” The series reflects NYSCA’s commitment to creative placemaking and the Corridor’s mission of connecting university and community through creative collaboration.

About the Syracuse Children’s Chorus

The Syracuse Children’s Chorus is an acclaimed youth chorus that welcomes all children and youth ages 8-17 who love to sing. SCC provides a nurturing program in which young people experience the joy of singing, develop musicianship and learn to strive for excellence through outstanding choral music education and exceptional performance opportunities. Founded in 1981 as part of the preparatory division of the Setnor School of Music, the chorus is recognized for musical excellence and as a model for performance-based choral music education. Each year, young singers come from 25 school districts and home schools across Central New York to sing in the four choirs that make up the Syracuse Children’s Chorus. In addition to three self-produced concerts, the chorus regularly performs in collaboration with various arts, cultural and human service organizations each season.