Singing together is good for community

As the deadline to join the Cascade Foothills Chorale draws near, President Bonnie Azzelino wants folks to know that singing with neighbors, a congregation or classmates can lead to the path of a successful life.

As the deadline to join the Cascade Foothills Chorale draws near, President Bonnie Azzelino wants folks to know that singing with neighbors, a congregation or classmates can lead to the path of a successful life.

According to a new study by Chorus America, an estimated 32.5 million adults regularly sing in choruses today, up from 23.5 million estimated in 2003. And when children are included, there are 42.6 million Americans singing in choruses in 2009. More than 1 in 5 households have at least one singing family member, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts for both adults and children.

The Chorus America study also noted singing in one of the 270,000 choruses in the U.S., such as a community chorus or a school or church choir, is strongly correlated with qualities that are associated with success throughout life – greater civic involvement, discipline and teamwork.

The study also noted:

• Choral singers exhibit higher levels of civic involvement, with choristers almost three times more likely to be officers or committee members of local community organizations like PTA.

• Seventy-eight percent of choral singers indicated they “at least sometimes” volunteer their time in their community, while only 50 percent of the general public say the same.

• Seventy-four percent of choral singers agree or strongly agree that singing in a chorus has helped them become better team leaders or team participants in other areas of their lives; nearly two-thirds agree or strongly agree that being in a chorus has helped them socialize better in other areas of their lives.

• Choral singers donate 2.5 times more money to philanthropic organizations than the general public.

• Ninety-six percent of choral singers surveyed who are eligible voters said they vote regularly in national and local elections; only 70 percent of the general public cites the same level of participation.

• Civic engagement also extends to patronage of other art forms, with choral singers at least two times more likely to attend theater, opera and orchestra performances as well as visit museums and art galleries.

The community-based Cascade Foothills Chorale’s membership is open through Oct. 1 in preparation for its holiday concert titled “Christmas Was Made for…”

Membership is open to singers 18 years old and older, and students 16 to 18 years old with parent permission. Under the direction of Jeremy Matheis, rehearsals are from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Thursdays in the Enumclaw High School choir room. Rehearsal began Sept. 10.

Dues are $30 per semester, and the fall concert outfit runs about $100. Anyone interested in joining or would like more information can contact Azzelino at singers@cfchorale.org or call 253-486-5046.

More in Life

Library’s art and writing contest returns to Pierce County | Pierce County Library System

Pierce County teens are encouraged to express themselves through writing, painting, drawing and more for the annual Our Own Expressions competition, hosted by the Pierce County Library System.

‘School of Awake’ offers advice to adolescent girls

Twinkle, twinkle. For as long as you can remember, you’ve known how… Continue reading

Mental health first aid training in Enumclaw | The Summit

Friday, January 19 at 7 p.m., Dr. Michelle Bengtson will kick off the mental health-themed weekend by speaking on Hope for Depression: The World’s Greatest Epidemic. Dr. Bengtson is the author of the award winning “Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression.”

Print 3-D creations at Pierce County Library System

Bring a ready-to-print file and watch the magic of 3-D printing bring the file to life at Pierce County Library System’s 3-D Print Shop. The free print shop sessions are offered January through March at Pierce County Libraries, giving people the opportunity to use the 3-D printers to create items, get quick design lessons, and learn the 3-D printing process.

The past is the past, a review of ‘Robicheaux’

You don’t want to talk about it. You’ve been through rough times,… Continue reading

What would MLK do? A review on ‘Dear Martin’

What if your entire future was mapped out for you? All you’d… Continue reading

Santa Patrol ready to roll in Enumclaw, Buckley

With the holiday season in full swing, fire departments are preparing for their annual Santa Patrols that spread cheer throughout Enumclaw and Buckley.

Blaine Larsen returns home for Dec. 2 concert

Blaine Larsen doesn’t perform much these days, instead spending his waking hours pursuing a higher calling.

Get your fill of winter activities on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier’s landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation in winter.

Enumclaw, Buckley busy during the holidays

What’s going on during the holiday season on the Plateau? Here’s a list of activities you and your family may enjoy!

Bonney Lake, Sumner gear up for holiday festivities

Plateau holiday festivities are right around the corner.

Giving Trees help kids with Christmas

Nexus Youth And Families Enumclaw is asking local residents to help a child in need this Christmas by participating in the organization’s Giving Tree program.