Briar Cliff receives Gilchrist Foundation Grant for choral program

The Gilchrist Foundation recently awarded an $85,000 grant to BCU's choral arts program.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Briar Cliff University took another step toward fulfilling its goal to expand the choral arts in Siouxland by receiving an $85,000 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. This funding also supports the University’s esteemed Christmas at the Orpheum program.

“This grant will enable Briar Cliff to further enhance our choral programming ...”

— Sean Burton, Division Chair of Arts and Humanities

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 for Security National Bank and Agent for The Gilchrist Foundation.

Sean Burton, Division Chair of Arts and Humanities, The Gilchrist Foundation Director and Associate Professor of Music echoed her sentiments. “Briar Cliff has a long and proud history of leadership and performance of choral music in the community. This grant will enable Briar Cliff to further enhance our choral programming and benefit the Siouxland community even more,” said Dr. Burton.

Choral programming at Briar Cliff has included the Cliff Singers for many decades. 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 and the annual Christmas at the Orpheum program.

Tags: Academics, Music