On June 12, 2018, OSJ received word from the California Arts Council that it had received a grant of $3,000 in support of the 2018-19 OSJ Veterans Chorus performances. The Veterans in the Arts (formerly Veterans Initiative in the Arts) program is rooted in the California Arts Council’s desire to address the needs and improve the lives of California’s veterans through the arts. The program seeks to increase equity, access, and opportunities for veterans to participate in quality arts programming that is sensitive and responsive to their unique experiences. Grants support projects by nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, and veteran’s assistance agencies to reach veterans, active military, and their families.
On Friday, December 12, 2017, at 8 pm, the OSJ Military Veterans Chorus presented a concert at the Trianon Theatre of San Jose, performing a variety of war-time choral pieces as well as Christmas carols. Comprised of veterans and/or their family members, the Veterans Chorus raised almost $11,500, all of which was donated to the All the Way Home campaign, an organization in Santa Clara County dedicated to housing homeless Veterans.
Most recently, the chorus was invited to perform on the USS Hornet docked in Alameda on May 5, 2018 at 2 pm, where they presented the world premiere of “When I Heard the Learned Astronomer,” composed by chorus member, Jeremy Harris.