SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Briar Cliff University took a giant step toward fulfilling its goal to expand the choral arts in Siouxland with a recently awarded $75,000 grant from the Gilchrist Foundation.
The grant, which was awarded in support of Briar Cliff’s Choral Arts Program Enhancement Initiative, will be used to expand the University’s program in pursuit of excellence, participation and appreciation of the choral arts in Siouxland.
“Briar Cliff has a long and proud history of leadership and performance of choral music in the community,” said Beverly Wharton, president.
According to Dr. Sean Burton, associate professor of music, director of choral activities and division chair of arts and humanities, the Gilchrist Foundation grant will be a win-win. “This grant will enable Briar Cliff to further enhance our choral programming and benefit the Siouxland community even more.” Dr. Burton said.
The mission of the Gilchrist Foundation is to further the philanthropy of its founder, Jocelyn Gilchrist, and her family, who had wide interests that embraced wildlife, conservation, the arts, public broadcasting and disaster relief. The Foundation provides incentives and funds to pre-selected non-profit organizations that further these goals.
“The Gilchrist Foundation found the Briar Cliff University proposal to grow and sustain excellence in choral arts in the community to be a good match for our mission,” said Marilyn J. Hagberg, vice president and trust officer, Security National Bank, agent for The Gilchrist Foundation.
With an established choral tradition spanning many decades, the Cliff Singers have consistently been lauded at public performances in local, regional, national and international venues. An auditioned ensemble open to every member of the University community, the Cliff Singers perform an annual concert series, as well as at University and civic events, including frequent performances with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.