Rebuilding a choir: Children’s group begins new chapter


Tunmise Olasakin performs with the Piccoli Angeli Ensemble at the Palladium in Carmel in 2021.

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Match Day Part 4

Editor’s note: The Daily Reporter is partnering with the Hancock County Community Foundation to highlight local nonprofit organizations in the community, what they offer and how they could enhance their services through additional funding from Match Day.

Featured Match Day participant: Hancock County Children’s Choir

Executive director: Lisa Heady

Mission: Through musical education and mentorship, the choir equips youth with essential life skills while igniting a community interest in youth and the arts.

Community offerings: Hancock County Children’s Choir is a choral and performance organization providing both musical education and mentorship to youth ages 5-18. More than just a choir, HCCC educates the whole child by providing training in vocal production, music theory, sight singing, music history, stage presence, poise, public speaking, and etiquette.

Match Day funding plans: HCCC plans to use proportional grant dollars for program needs including wages, venue rental fees, and rehearsal and performance supplies. Like many organizations, the choir is in a rebuilding phase post-COVID. Following COVID guidelines for rehearsals and performances necessitated increases in operating expenses and salaries, leaving the organization in a more vulnerable financial position. Graduation, natural attrition, and limited engagement with the community have resulted in a drop in membership. This too has impacted our funds.

Starting with 15 students, HCCC extended its reach to 146 members pre-COVID. Beginning with just one ensemble, the organization now offers eight ensembles for students ages 5-18.

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