Roger Moss will say farewell to the Savannah Children’s Choir (SCC) this weekend.
A co-founder of the choir and Savannah Classical Academy, Moss announced he would step down from his leadership role earlier this year after 13 years at the helm to focus on the startup of a new charter school, Savannah Exploratory Charter Academy.
“I believe there needs to be new fresh eyes,” Moss told the Savannah Morning News in January. “I co-founded it 13 years ago. A lot has happened in society in 13 years.”
His final concert with the SCC will be at 6 p.m. April 28 at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church. The event is free. Under Moss' direction, the SCC has performed a multitude of local concerts, as well as all over the world through the years, including a special concert in 2018 at Notre Dame de Paris.
“It has been soul-stirring to watch hundreds of children find a place where they belonged,” Moss said in an email. “Belonging is so important for children of all ages, and for 13 years I got to open the door to new homes of belonging. These children will live in my heart the rest of my life.”
In March, Francisco J. Nunez, founder and artistic director for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), announced that the SCC would be the newest YPC-inspired chorus. The designation means the SCC will collaborate with the YPC National, an independent nonprofit founded to facilitate the creation and development of youth choruses nationwide, according to a press release.
“In a way, SCC has come full circle,” Moss said in the media release. “Our mission and values were inspired by the great work of YPC and Francisco’s commitment to the empowering and uniting of children through music. Francisco was a great friend and resource in SCC’s early days. I can think of no better way to continue the work we have started than through our participation in YPC National and having access to its guidance, repertoire, and artistic expertise.”
“Young people are the strength of our cities," Nunez added in the release, "and providing an oasis for children from diverse neighborhoods to work together and learn about each other can make a difference in not only their personal lives, but in building stronger communities through the power of music.
"Savannah is no different than New York in that regard. Music is universal. We look forward to helping SCC build on its more than 13 years of success in these areas with the children of Savannah and the Lowcountry.”