Mission

Sharing A New Song celebrates the human spirit through choral music. Reaching across social and political boundaries to other countries and within the United States, Sharing A New Song promotes intercultural understanding and lasting relationships.


Founder David Clapp, right, with choristers in 1991

Founder David Clapp, right, with choristers in 1991

History

SANS was founded by David Clapp, a high school teacher concerned about attitudes toward the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It was 1983, and David’s personal and professional connections with the Soviet Union inspired him to want to foster cultural understanding and citizen diplomacy between the United States and the Soviet Union. Over the years, SANS has made many trips to the former Soviet Union to share music and friendship. The project led to high school choral and language exchanges, numerous adult choral group exchanges, several choral director exchanges, a documentary film jointly produced by American and Russian filmmakers, and countless personal ties in Russia.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 2006

Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 2006

For 13 years, SANS traveled to the Soviet Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States, sharing music and building bridges across barriers to understanding. Since then, SANS has taken its mission to many other countries. In Russia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Siberia, Armenia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania, China, South Africa, Cuba, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Colombia, and the United States, thousands have shared experiences and created lasting friendships through music, travel, exchanges, and personal ties.

 

Some highlights along the way:

  • Journeying to South Africa in 1997 with Praise, a gospel choir from Dorchester. Since then, SANS has returned to South Africa several times, joining South African choruses in concert, sharing the power and beauty of choral music with people in both urban and rural townships.

  • Joining 29,000 singers at the Estonian Song Festival in Tallinn in 2004 as part of SANS 20th anniversary tour to Russia and Estonia, singing with 15,000 singers in a song festival in Riga, Latvia in 1998, and participating in a song festival celebrating the millennium of Yaroslavl, Russia in 2010.

  • Traveling to Cuba several times, initially in 2000, performing in the 2002 Corhabana International Choral Festival and forming lasting relationships with choruses throughout the country.

  • Continuing to build bridges with a 2003 domestic tour to the Gullah community of South Carolina and the Houma Indian Nation in Louisiana, ending with a visit to New Orleans. SANS has returned to Louisiana several times, singing and offering service to communities stricken by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

  • Expanding the SANS experience to Latin America traveling to Brazil in 2008, Nicaragua in 2013, and Colombia in 2016.

  • Hosting a women’s chorus from Latvia and several South African choruses, enabling these choruses to share their gifts in the New England area, and, through home-stays with SANS members, to deepen one-on-one relationships in a meaningful way.

Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, Tallinn, Estonia

Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, Tallinn, Estonia

Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, Tallinn, Estonia

Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, Tallinn, Estonia