Sister Cities Girlchoir

The Girlchoir Movement in Philadelphia and Camden

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The New York Times

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They Are Here
By Sara Krulwich

“Philadelphia Voices,” Tod Machover’s new work for chorus and orchestra, incorporates the sounds of Philadelphians speaking, urban bustle and sizzling cheesesteaks into a 30-minute score. For the New York premiere of the piece on Tuesday at Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra was joined by the Keystone State Boychoir, the Pennsylvania Girlchoir and the Sister Cities Girlchoir (which draws participants from Philadelphia; Camden, N.J.; and Baltimore). Like similar American youth choruses, the Sister Cities Girlchoir responded to the pop singer-songwriter Alicia Keys’s call for a more equal and just world, embodied by her 2014 song “We Are Here.” That year the choir, taking up the challenge, released an inspiring video performance of the song. It’s especially moving when a montage begins showing members of the choir holding up handwritten signs: “I am here for peace,” for “joyfulness,” to “make my family proud,” to “make music.”

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NYFA, Current

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Chorus America magazine, THE VOICE

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THE SPIRIT of the Riverwards

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The Star Newspaper, Philadelphia
Sister Cities Girlchoir finds a new home
by Julie Zeiglen

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Philadelphia Daily News

City girls find empowerment through song
by Helen Ubiñas

CBS 3, Philadelphia
Brotherly Love: Sister Cities Girlchoir
by Ukee Washington

The Spirit COmmuNity Newspapers
Local Girls Choir teaches social change through song
by Max Pulcini

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TEDx Phoenixville

A Song Can Change a Girl, A Girl Can Change the World
Alysia Lee, speaker

Courier Post

Young vocalists from Philadelphia, Camden create promising musical relationship through Sister Cities Girlchoir
By Sally Friedman

”By the Moorestown evening’s end, there was better understanding of what a Sister Cities Girlchoir can mean to pre-teen and teen girls in underserved areas, and how Philadelphia and Camden are coming together to raise their voices in harmony.”


Sister Cities choir unites Camden, West Philly and Kensington girls
By Mary Cummings-Jordan


"I've seen girls stand a little prouder, walk a little taller, care for each other and support each other," says Stacey Cruise, American Paradigm Schools CEO. Even though it's early days, she's already seeing a difference.      


Philadelphia Inquirer

Looking for girls that like to sing
By Kevin Riordan

The choir is a venue, Lee says, for music “to serve the people who need it the most. It gives children a chance to add beauty and grace to their lives, and to see the strength of their collective voice.”


TED Prize Blog

Sistema Choirs: Collaboration, Excellence & Passion
By Alysia Lee

“A choir is a phenomenal model of collaboration.  Singers are encouraged to produce their best work, individually and collectively.”