Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit professional organization for choral music educators in the Southern California area. The organization was established in 1939 by several prominent Los Angeles area choral conductors to support choral conductors and advance vocal music in Southern California.
To support and encourage high standards in vocal music education;
To provide and promote events which encourage and further choral music education at all grade levels;
To support choral music educators through professional development and networking opportunities;
To support appropriate legislation which affects vocal music education at all levels of government;
To communicate accomplishment of these objectives to the profession and public through various media.
The Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA) strives for inclusion and diversity in all of its practices. We seek and serve a community of educators representing the full spectrum of ability, age, ethnicity, race, religion, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. In doing so, we hope to support our colleagues in knowledgeably serving diverse student populations, including those who are traditionally underrepresented.
Furthermore, in response to the current events in America (adopted June 2020):
SCVA stands with Black communities to seek an end to violence and brutality resulting from the racism that still affects our nation. We are aware of the pressing need to listen more, seek to understand and embrace changes that will better serve members of our organization. We will continue to cultivate inclusive environments, elevating the voices of those who are marginalized. We commit to use our voices and influence to advance racial justice and human rights equality. We believe that Black lives matter.
SCVA condemns the increase in violence and harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). We stand in solidarity with our AAPI members and students, and with anyone in our community affected by racial discrimination. We believe that music fosters empathy and love, and remain committed to using music as a vehicle for promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.
SCVA maintains the status of "cooperating organization" with the following organizations:
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
Music Educators National Conference (MENC)
California Chapter of ACDA
California Music Educators Association (CMEA) and CMEA-Southern Section
California Alliance for Jazz
Stand Up 4 Music
Barbershop Harmony Society
Sweet Adelines International