Open letter from Renee Grant-Williams

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.

Now if you do a quick Google search for “community chorus” you will see hundreds and hundreds of entries. Let’s see, Tempe, Tallahassee, Missoula, Farmington, Snug Harbor, Cheektowaga, Acton, Wimberley are listed, and that’s just the first page. Big cities, little cities, cities you’ve never even heard of—they all have active community choruses. Even Bisbee, Arizona, with a population of fewer than 6,000, has a community chorus.

And Nashville, Tennessee? Strangely, none.

There may be a good reason why Nashville, otherwise known as Music City, has no city-wide community chorus, and if there is I suppose we’re about to find out.

In May of 2004 I received non-profit status to create an entity that will provide a learning environment in form of a community chorus in Nashville, Tennessee. In January of 2006, we were awarded a Foundation grant from a charitable organization based in Nashville that subsidizes several educational facilities, but wishes to remain anonymous at this time.

We are up and running, call 615.244.3280 or email us to set a time to audition.

Renee Grant-Williams
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