It is with much pride and humble gratitude that I write to you as we approach this Thanksgiving holiday. There are so many things in my life for which I am thankful, starting, of course, with my husband, children, their spouses and now grandchildren! But for 30 years now, I have enjoyed an extended family like no other.
The Colorado Children’s Chorale, now celebrating 40 years of song, is so many things to so many people and communities. From a one-time encounter, perhaps in a theater, school or street corner around the world with our young performers, to a life-time of performing memories and intense friendships crammed into seven years or less of working, playing, singing and dancing together as a child.
For me, and anyone who has ever had the honor of serving on this staff, it reaches into the heart of what we love. A passion for music, not just any music, but music heard through the voices of children, with unabashed emotion – from joyful to heart-breakingly sad; silly to incredibly moving; and all-out-crazy to intensely serious. And more importantly, we have a passion for these children. I truly believe that, through this music and the process involved in performing at the level they achieve, their lives are forever impacted. Not because of anything special or ground-breaking that we do, but because we empower them to reach for the top, succeed beyond their own expectations and forge the path of their own life – whatever that path may be. Year after year, child after child, they never cease to amaze me in their maturity, intelligence and desire to do their very best. We simply give them a stage on which to shine.
I am thankful for each and every one of these children. I am thankful for every parent (and grandparent!) who so willingly shares a child and commits their time and energy to supporting that child through their tenure in the Chorale. I am especially thankful for, and proud of, every alumnus that, whatever they have chosen to do in this world, represents us with grace, determination and excellence. I am thankful for the extraordinary staff of professionals that surrounds me each day, in the office and in rehearsals. I am thankful for a community that steps up to serve on our Board of Trustees, supporting us in so many ways, but most importantly ensuring our viability now and into the future. I am thankful to the community at large who continues to believe in and sustain us, recognizing that the Colorado Children’s Chorale belongs to each and every one of you. Thank you.
I am confident the Colorado Children’s Chorale will live and thrive for 40 more years and beyond in the voices of future generations. The entire staff, administrative and artistic, works diligently to provide for this future. I hope you will take as much pride in our accomplishment as we do, and know that you deserve a standing-ovation round of applause; and I hope our thoughts, commitments and dreams for the future will inspire you to continue sharing in our adventures for many years to come; and…did I say thank you?!!
With warm wishes for a happy, peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving,