Funds raised will help send Senior Choir on UK Tour in 2022

GENEVA – St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy (SPCAA) has launched a Go Fund Me fundraiser in efforts to help send choristers abroad in February 2022. The minimum goal is to raise at least $3,060, the equivalent of what each chorister going on the trip must raise individually. 


Due to COVID-19, the choir has lost out on several opportunities over the past two years to help bring money into their individual accounts. The Dinner with the Arts fundraiser this past April was the first event the choir was able to orchestrate since spring 2020. 


Wendra Trowbridge, Director of the Choir says “Any other year, the Choir would have had multiple chances to fundraise for the trip. This Go Fund Me is an excellent way to reach out to the community, to past choristers and their families that might have gone on one of these trips, and ask them to help send the next generation on the tour of a lifetime.”


Pablo Falbru, former chorister reflects on this time with the choir and on tour: 

As I reflect on my time singing in choirs, I recognize how much it taught me how to listen closely to others, to be aware of how my voice and actions impact the whole choir and the discipline of working on a craft. I apply those lessons to every aspect of my life to this day. Not to mention, singing in some of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in the world was awe inspiring. It truly was a privilege to have those experiences and I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to do so.


Sarah Collins McGowan shares:

“I had the honor of being part of the very first choir trip to the U.K. in 1999 during my senior year in high school.  Father Jim promised that we would make the trip happen before I graduated, and through the fundraising and organizing work of many dedicated people, it happened!  I have many wonderful memories from that trip, but one of my favorites was our stop in the little village of Moorlinch.  The people there were incredibly kind and welcoming to 


us and before we boarded our bus to leave we sang “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” as a thank you, to tears all around.  It was a very special moment that impressed on us choristers the power of music.  I am delighted that that trip was only the first and that many young people have since gotten the opportunity to travel to the U.K., meet the people there, see places steeped in history, and most importantly share their musical talents.”


For more testimonials from past choristers, visit our website


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St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy believes arts are central to personal growth and contributes favorably to an individual’s general health and wellbeing, both physical and emotional. The Academy provides high quality instruction in music and dance to students of all ages and levels of skill regardless of financial means, race, gender, religion or ethnic origin. Our mission “Arts For All” is to create a rich cultural environment accessible to all through classes, workshops, and performances. For donations or more information, check


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