Singing City Children's Choir



The Singing City Children's Choir (SCCC), under the direction of Emily Sung, is a choral music education and performance program open to children at the James Rhoads Elementary School in West Philadelphia and, beginning this fall, the Wissahickon Charter School in Germantown.


Music from all styles and periods form the foundation for musical learning and serve as the basis for the curriculum. Concepts about music (melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, dynamics, form, style and performance practice) and musical skills (singing, theory, sight reading, etc.) are taught throughout the rehearsals through singing, listening and analysis. Singing skill and musical understanding are essential components of the creative process and a fundamental resource basic to music education.


Goals and Objectives

 • Introduce students to a variety of music—from African, American, European, and world cultures

 • Teach basic music rudiments: melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, and tempo, thereby increasing students' musical literacy

 • Teach vocal techniques and the joy of singing together

 • Improve children’s academic motivation, achievement, and school attendance

 • Nurture social-emotional and behavioral development

 • Transform young people into singer-musicians

 • Create community among children through choral singing

 • Provide performance opportunities in the Philadelphia community


The children perform throughout the year in concert with Singing City's adult choir, on their own, and in collaboration with other arts organizations.


Emily Sung, Director

Emily Sung is the Assistant Chorus Master at Opera Philadelphia, the Director of the Singing City Children’s Choir, and a member of the conducting faculty at Temple University. She is also the Assistant to the Music Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and is Director of University Choir and Choral Society at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sung grew up in Lawrenceville, NJ and earned her MM in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College and her AB in history at Princeton University. She has appeared as a conducting fellow with the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Illinois Choral Conducting Symposium, and the Conductors Institute of Bard College. Her teachers include the conductors Gabriel Crouch, James Jordan, Joe Miller, Amanda Quist,

Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, Simon Carrington, and Harold Farberman, as well as the pianist

Sandrine Erdely-Sayo and the composer Benjamin C.S. Boyle.


A versatile teacher and musician, Sung believes deeply that music and the arts bring incredible vibrancy into children’s lives, greatly enrich their education and learning potential, and are a vital force for building community.



For more information, contact us at 267-519-5321.


Through Performance, Arts Education, and Fellowship, Singing City Choir is a force for social impact, bringing people together and lifting the human spirit through the artistry of choral music.

Singing City Choir

1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102