My name is Nicolle Foland, and I’m a professional singer who has performed with Sing For America for the past three years. I love the camaraderie created by singing weekly in this wonderful chorus. It is a fun experience bringing together singers, amateur and professional, to give back to their communities and has been a unique way to raise funds for my after school program, Pacific Singers & Actors Workshop. My partners and I go into San Francisco public schools to bring performing arts education to underserved student populations – one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Sing for America has provided the opportunity for me to be a part of a singing community while having fun and raising funds to make my after school program available to more students in more schools.
What is Sing For America? Featuring the SFA Chorus and Orchestra, soloists, special guest artists and highlights from our past concerts, click below to find out.
The Sing For America Foundation, an innovator in helping individuals and charities raise money through singing, has completed its most successful year to date, distributing over $170,000 to charities and performing artists. This brings SFA’s five-year total to well over $700,000. The enormously popular Sing for America concert at the Palace of Fine Arts has showcased hundreds of singers in the last five years, ranging from local children’s choruses to the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir to Tony-winning Broadway stars.
The Foundation provides support for a diverse group of organizations, most importantly by empowering their members to couple their love of singing with fundraising. Similar to a walkathon, anyone from “shower singers” to international opera stars rehearse fun choral music for three months, culminating in a beautiful and engaging concert in one of San Francisco’s premier concert venues, the Palace of Fine Arts. There is never a cost to join, and all materials are provided.
Congratulations on another successful season!
Above are some photos of our choristers presenting checks to the organizations for whom they sang! To see a full list of SFA Beneficiaries, go to our Beneficiaries Page.
Michael Campbell presenting a check to Todd Gates, President of the Sausalito Youth Sailing Foundation and Renee DeCurtis, head sailing instructor for Sausalito Yacht Club. Cliff Romig presenting a check to Youth Spirit Artworks. Diana Lydia Kehrig presenting a check to Paul Smith for Contemporary Opera Marin. Josephine Lucchesi presenting a check to benefit the West Portal Lutheran School’s Music Program. Pedro Rodelas presenting check to Coronado Elementary Choral Program. Greg Lau presenting check to Major General Michael Myatt (ret) for the Marines’ Memorial Restoration Fund. Rebecca Sparks presenting a check to benefit the Diablo Valley College Music Department.
Barbara Treadwell presented a check to benefit Rio Americano Band and the Sacramento Children’s Chorus.