Serving Others

More than Music…

The Deer Creek Chorale of Harford County, Maryland is committed to the philosophy – Sing Locally, Give Globally.  DCC concerts have raised funds to support community projects both here at home and across the globe.

Current Community Outreach Endeavor…

Renowned composer and conductor Z. Randall Stroope will take the stage with the Deer Creek Chorale to conduct a concert on May 6, 2018 at North Harford High School.  This is a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the  “Inscription of Hope” Concert which supported the Central Asia Institute (CAI) in building a school in the mountain regions of Central Asia.  The inspiration for the Pennies for Peace project was Greg Mortenson’s acclaimed best-seller ‘Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time.’ Mortenson’s non-profit organization, Central Asia Institute, supports community-based education programs, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyztan, and the steppes of Mongolia. Each one of CAI’s projects is locally initiated and involves full community participation. A committee of elders and experts guides each selected program and matches CAI project funds with equal amounts of local resources and labor, ensuring the projects viability and long-term success. CAI’s achievements focus on rural education and literacy and public health and conservation. By launching this initiative, the Deer Creek Chorale and local community supporters hope to enrich the lives of people in Maryland and abroad, to provide a means to serve those in need, and to promote awareness, tolerance, and understanding of other cultures. The choir as well as members of the community are participating in a service-learning program of CAI, “Pennies for Peace.”  In the “Pennies for Peace” campaign, participants are collecting pennies in jars placed in schools and local businesses. The penny is essentially worthless in the U.S., but in Central Asia a penny buys a pencil and empowers a child to read and write. Our goal is to encourage everyone to share just one percent, a penny per dollar, for global peace. Join us for this exciting musical event and help us raise funds to build a school for children in Central Asia.   

If you would like to learn more about this incredible organization, please visit Pennies for Peace.

DCC concerts support charities world-wide
Past Community Outreach Projects

Haiti’s Earthquake Relief Fund
Construction of an international school in Pakistan
Jackie McCosh Concert Fund
Betty Banghart Scholarship Fund
Johns Hopkins Camp Sunrise
Project C.U.R.E.
Harford Family House
George Small Outreach Educational Fund in Kenya
Habitat for Humanity (Susquehanna Chapter)                                               Harford County Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
Alzheimer’s Awarness

Past Community Outreach Endeavor…

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Alzheimer’s Awareness 2016-17 Outreach

For the 2016-2017 performance year the DCC has chosen to promote Alzheimer awareness as a disease and a serious health care issue in society today.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.  Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older.  But Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s, which often appears when someone is in their 40’s or 50’s.  Living with and caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s can be devastating and heart-breaking.  It is hoped that through greater awareness the disease can be better understood and managed.

Throughout the year the DCC will focus on Alzheimer’s awareness with guest speakers and activities highlighting the correlation between music and memory.  As a special commemoration we have commissioned Dr. Daniel McDavitt to compose a piece with music and memory as its theme. Finally, our year will culminate in a major concert themed “Music and Memory” showcasing the Mid-Atlantic premiere of Robert Cohen’s “Alzheimer’s Stories.”  In addition to the DCC, concert performers will include the Deer Creek Youth Choir, as well as musicians from Goucher College and the Peabody Institute, with special guest conductor Bruce Rogers.  The concert will be held at Goucher College as part of a whole weekend of Alzheimer awareness activities including a pre-concert Alzheimer Awareness Forum.

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