I suppose I've always assumed the opportunity to participate in group singing was one of those inalienable rights granted by the Constitution or an Amendment or something. Those who have experienced it know that there is nothing quite so magical as singing in a group letting go of personal identity in order to aspire to something grander, we become a small cog in a very large wheel of harmony.
Many of you, like me, grew up singing in these groups: children's chorus in Sunday school, Glee Club in high school, college chorale, adult worship choir. Community chorus would seem the next logical step.
The Music City Community Chorus, founded in Nashville in 2004 by renowned voice coach Renee Grant-Williams, will be holding auditions at Grant-Williams studio in downtown Nashville through September.
The all-volunteer chorus, fully funded by philanthropic donations from Nashville individuals and businesses, performs two concerts each year, often donating proceeds from its events to raise funds and awareness for charities that have included The Red Cross Haiti Disaster Relief, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and theVeterans of WWII Memorial.
The chorus first concert of the 2010-2011 season will be held later this year to help highlight the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia's 150 year celebration.
Rehearsals will begin on Monday, September 13th, although the specific location has yet to be determined. Due to budget cuts in continuing education, the MC3 will be unable to rehearse at Glencliff High School, which has provided rehearsal space since the chorus inception. Grant-Williams is pleading with churches, schools, and any other businesses in the Nashville community with adequate space to rehearse up to 70 chorus members once a week from September through December and again from March through June to contact her at (615) 244-3280 or email MyVoiceCoach@comcast.net, which is also the number and email address for those interested in auditioning for the chorus to contact to schedule their audition.
About the Music City Community Chorus (MC3) The MC3 is a 501©(3) non-profit broad-based volunteer performing chorus formed in Nashville, Tennessee under the direction of Renee Grant-Williams, founder and former conductor of the San Francisco Community Chorus. The overall goal is to create an organization that builds a bridge between disparate Nashville music communities and styles. To make a gift call (615) 244-3280. Visit the MC3 website at www.MusicCityCommunityChorus.com