SMS plays a leadership role in bringing high-quality choral music to area youth through outreach programs, collaboration with college choirs, scholarships for young singers, and children’s holiday concerts. The Sacramento Master Singers was one of three North American choirs selected to perform at the international choral festival America Cantat in Venezuela. We have toured the Carolinas and participated as the headliner choir in the Maui Choral Festival. SMS was the only community choir invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association 2012 convention in Reno, Nevada. We remain committed to advancing the art and lifting the soul.
Asya Pleskach was a 2002 Cordova High School graduate who performed and toured with the Sacramento Master Singers while still in her teens. A talented and promising young vocalist, she had just begun her music studies at American River College when a car accident claimed her life at the age of 18. After Asya and her family immigrated to the United States in the mid-90’s, she began singing in the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church choir and in the Cordova High School Choral program. She also spent two summers at the prestigious Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley and had recently sung in the opera chorus at Capitol Opera Sacramento. To honor her memory and encourage other young singers, the Sacramento Master Singers have established the Asya Pleskach Memorial Scholarship for Young Choral Singers.
To honor her memory and encourage other young singers, the Sacramento Master Singers established the Asya Pleskach Memorial Scholarship for Young Choral Singers in 2003. With our donors’ ongoing support, we have been able to award almost $20,000 to talented and dedicated young singers in the greater Sacramento area.