Scholarship Fund

Bridges Through Music

Our Bridges program was started in the fall of 2005 under the direction of our Board of Directors.  It began as a series of meetings with community leaders in Bridgeport, for the purpose of identifying those barriers that were keeping inner city youth from participating in the FCCC. With the support of principals in the Bridgeport school system we held meetings with children and their parents about the opportunity and responsibility of joining our choirs.  In the spring of 2005 we held our first Bridgeport auditions at the Edison School and seven children were accepted into the choirs for the 2005/2006 season.  The newly formed Bridges Through Music program provided not only full scholarships for those participating, but also transportation to and from their homes for all rehearsals.  Trust and transportation were the keys to opening the doors to these inner city students.

The success of the Bridges program can be measured in the increased number of talented kids who show up for auditions each spring, as well as those students who continue with the choir.  In the 2008/2009 season we had ten participants and seven of these were in the Concert Choir, our second highest choir, while two were in Chamber Singers, a group of our most accomplished singers. Bridges students now number 16 and represent ten different Bridgeport schools.

The cost of the Bridges program is over $12,000, representing 6% of the FCCC annual budget. This money comes from our corporate sponsors, private grants and individual donations. In addition to the Bridges program, the FCCC provides financial aid to all accepted students who request it. The FCCC believes that music is central to the development of creativity, critical thinking and leadership and is committed to providing as many children as possible the opportunity to participate.

The FCCC gratefully acknowledges the support of our contributors, who ensure that our mission continues, and encourage you to join them by giving today!

Apr
30
Wed
7:30 pm Holocaust Commemoration – Chamber Singers @ First Church Congregational
Holocaust Commemoration – Chambe… @ First Church Congregational
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
 The Chamber Singers will perform at this year’s 2014 commemoration service. The 2014 Holocaust Commemoration will be held at First Church Congregational on Wednesday, [...]
May
10
Sat
7:00 pm Singing America-The Great American Songbook @ Fairfield Warde High School
Singing America-The Great Americ… @ Fairfield Warde High School
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  The composers who gave rise to what has become known as the Great American Songbook translated positive values and an optimistic spirit into the [...]
May
17
Sat
8:00 pm Carmen with The Norwalk Symphony @ Norwalk Concert Hall
Carmen with The Norwalk Symphony @ Norwalk Concert Hall
May 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Chamber Singers and Concert Choir will perform in a concert version of the Opera Carmen with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and Mendelssohn choir.

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