How Choirs Enrich Our Communities

Aug 27th, 2015 | By | Category: Blog

Each year in Pratt, Kansas, Pratt Community College’s vocal department invites community members and children to join the school’s choir. This community-rich involvement reminds me of the positive impact that choirs and choral ensembles have at the civic level and in the personal lives of its members.

The Pratt College program presents the opportunity for young and old voices to be heard… and to help. The Pratt Tribune news article states: “Not only do the vocal programs presented to the public enrich the arts in the community, each year, the members of the PCC family contribute more than 13,000 hours in community service and engagement to South Central Kansas.”

Choral singing is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts. According to Chorus America’s 2009 survey, there are nearly 270,000 choruses nationwide with an estimated 42.6 Americans overall. That’s more than 1 in 5 households with at least one singing family member.

Children who sing in choruses gain valuable life skills and academic success. Adult choristers are usually good citizens who put their social skills to work in their hometowns by being avid patrons of the arts, volunteering for charity, and participating in community organizations more than the general public.

How is your community benefiting from local choir involvement? If your town doesn’t have a choir, these are good reasons for starting one.

Use Choir 21’s CHOIR FINDER TOOL to find a choir in your community and let your voice be heard!

Read the full article about Pratt Community College Choir here: http://www.pratttribune.com/article/20150823/ENTERTAINMENT/15082981

 

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