Reformation began its relationship with Chester Children’s Chorus in April, 2011 when we were privileged to host their Spring Concert. Since then we also hosted their Christmas concert in 2011, co-sponsored their 2012 concert with Saint Mary Magdalen Church and will be sponsoring their 2013 Christmas concert to be held at St Katharine Drexel Church in Chester.
Chester Children’s Chorus was started almost 20 years ago by director John Alston with about eight boys. Since then it has grown to a chorus of 140 girls and boys from ages 8 to 18. The mission is to provide the children of Chester with the opportunity to achieve musical excellence and expand their intellectual and cultural horizons, allowing then to flourish as confident individuals. In addition, there is also a “Sing-To-Learn” program which provides music instruction that reinforces academic objectives in 12 kindergarten, first grade and second grade classrooms in Chester. Chester is one of the most impoverished and dangerous cities in Pennsylvania with a school system that ranks near the bottom of the list. In this environment, John Alston and the varied programs of the Chorus (after school tutoring, summer one-on-one reading programs and tutoring with Swathmore professors) all offer hope to the children and a new and different vision of what their future might hold.
Reformation has pledged to support the Chorus financially with funds matching the free-will offerings collected at the concerts. Thus is addition to what our members have donated to the Chorus during the concerts, the church has also donated approximately in 2011 and 2012.