Last spring, I was made aware of a Jewish women’s choir that was in the early stages of development.
I had sung in several different choirs over the past 10 years but was currently choirless. My life had recently been turned upside down by an unexpected chain of events and I thought that this might be a good diversion.
I phoned the contact number and was greeted by Laura Lunn. She encouraged me to come to the practice that was taking place in her home that very evening. After some gentle persuasion from my husband, I decided to take the plunge and join.
At the risk of sounding melodramatic, I can truly say that after the get-together, I felt transformed.
Under the guidance of Gale Davidson, a group of diverse women with different levels of musicianship was introduced to some very beautiful Hebrew and Yiddish music. We continued our weekly practices throughout the summer and moved to our new rehearsal space at Hillel Lodge.
At our almost-last practice in August, Gale was absolutely thrilled to inform us that we sounded like a “real choir.”
Our choir, newly named Kol Miriam will continue during 2016-2017 season and we are looking for new members. Knowledge of music, while helpful, is not a prerequisite. As Gail and Laura have been reminding us all summer: “Bring a smile, a friend and a pencil.”
For more information, contact Laura Lunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.