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February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

I've been involved with the Cascadian Chorale for over a decade, ever since my wife started singing with them. She's found the Chorale a great fit -- challenging, but fun & rewarding work on a wide range of beautiful classical music alongside other committed musicians. I've attended virtually all of the Chorale's concerts in the last decade (3-4 each year), and enjoyed them tremendously. For concerts with two performances I'd sometimes plan to attend only one, but find myself moved so much that I'd alter my plans and attend the second performance as well. I also served as a member of the Board of Directors for a couple of years, and helped with fund raising and with concert-related tasks (selling tickets, ushering, etc.) I'm very impressed with the new artistic director, Gary Cannon, who joined the group a couple of years ago. He adds a warm personality and sense of humor to serious musicianship, and makes the music-making process fun and rewarding for the singers and the audience members as well.

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the diversity of music prepared and performed beautifully -- music from various time periods (from 12th to 21st century), in different styles, in all the common choral languages and several rare ones, and ranging from whimsical to very serious.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion for music-making displayed by the volunteer singers and by the professional staff (artistic director, accompanist, hired instrumentalists), and the remarkable musical achievements that result from this passion.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

serious in their pursuit of musical excellence but fun to work with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

I have been attending Cascadian Chorale concerts since 2004, frequently making travel plans based on the concert schedule. (I live in another state.) I have found these to be stellar events, transporting me (the listner) into a musical realm that I hate to leave.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, striving to make the group better and better.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do major advertising campaigns in venues that might attract more patrons. They would be able to hire orchestras from time to time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

I have sung with Cascadian Chorale for more than a decade and been a section leader for much of that time. I love feeling the music coalesce as we move from learning notes to expressing subtleties. In a broad sense, the type of music we perform is almost entirely classical, but there is so much variation in time periods, languages, styles, and accompaniments (from none to full orchestra and much in between), that I am still finding new treasures. I have also helped the organization in various non-singing ways, including recruiting board members, organizing a fundraiser, participating in the artistic director search, acting as liaison to the Eastside Arts Coalition, collaborating on grant applications, reworking the mission statement, and creating publicity materials (designing posters is my favorite). These activities have been valuable to me because I have gotten to work with such skilled and enthusiastic fellow singers.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

musically knowledgeable and still eager to learn; also open and approachable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

I have been a singer with the Chorale for 5 years and have provided various administrative assistance as needed. I have found the Chorale a place to stretch me musically, expose me to an immense variety of choral music and provide an opportunity to share that music in the community. It is extremely fullfilling to work with other fine musicians to expose others to the wonder and delight of fine choral music. The variety of music the Chorale has performed has provided our community with an appreciation that not all choral music is 'stiff and stuffy', but emotional, exciting, funny, and inspirational.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The tremendous vision and energy of our Artistic Director, Gary Cannon. His enthusiasm is catching! He provides a clear vision of where he sees the Chorale going, and we all work harder individually and collectively to help us achieve those goals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

After searching for the best choral experience on the eastside, I was pleased to discover Cascadian Chorale. The musical selections strike the right balance of being captivating and fresh while staying true to the classical genre. The music can be challenging, which allows us to stretch our talents and grow individually as well as a group. It's such an enriching, rewarding experience to sing with those who share my love for music and have the ability to skillfully execute the music in the manner it was meant to be sung. The artistic director, Gary Cannon, is a true professional who understands the art and the joy of music. His enthusiasm is contagious and his guidance invaluable. He also writes some of the best program notes in the country!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Constantly being exposed to new music I would never have discovered or sung on my own. A massive collection of amazing choral music is out there waiting for voices to bring it to life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 15, 2010

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February 15, 2010

I have sung with the Chorale for several years and also volunteered in a variety of ways. The musical experience is outstanding. Gary Cannon is a talented conductor with an energy and vision that is sure to propel the Chorale to even greater musical heights. He has a positive, encouraging attitude, and rehearsals are fun as well as musically challenging. Not only does the Chorale provide a rewarding musical experience, the people in the Chorale are a lot of fun! This is a great group to be associated with!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the outstanding music. Being a part of a group of this caliber has pushed me as a musician and provided many hours of great enjoyment!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 14, 2010

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February 14, 2010

I think Cascadian Chorale is a fantastic organization for a number of reasons. It is a creative outlet for me: we perform a wide variety of classical choral music, and I find I am challenged to improve my own vocal technique and musicality in the process of preparing music. It gives me the opportunity to share my love of singing with my friends: I invite my friends to attend concerts, and I have also developed close friendships with several of my fellow singers. Rehearsals are fun! It gives me opportunities to give back to the community: we participate in benefit concerts, such as the North Helpline benefit concert (November 2009) and Seattle Sings for Haiti (February 2010), and perform at other kinds of community events, such as the Woodinville Lights Festival (December 2009) and the Eastside Heritage Center's Magic Season Open House (December 2008 & 2009). Our leaders are committed to excellence: Cascadian Chorale is blessed to have an incredibly talented (and organized!) Artistic Director, and a Board of Directors (mostly made up of singing members) that works hard. In the 15 months that I have served on the board, I have been impressed with the range of topics covered and the depth of insight and discussion which take place at our meetings.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay the Artistic Director a decent salary, hire instrumentalists to accompany concerts, perform in better venues, commission new choral works...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 13, 2010

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February 13, 2010

I have sung with the Cascadian Chorale for 3 ½ years, and enjoy it immensely. It’s a chamber-sized chorale, and the focus is classical repertoire (including original works) which provides an enjoyable challenge to singers. We strive for excellence in our performances. I’ve also appreciated the educational opportunities, such as periodic coaching sessions with the director. The group has terrific collaborations in the community, such as the upcoming Mozart Requiem concert, being performed in collaboration with the Everett Chorale, Rainier Chorale, Vashon Island Chorale and the Sammamish Symphony. We are also participating in a Haiti Relief concert performing Brahm's Requiem with over 300 musicians from the area. It's gratifying to be part of an effort that will have such a positive impact. One area of improvement is that the chorale needs to balance out the sections of the group with additional tenors and basses. Something I do appreciate about being a member of the Cascadian Chorale is the camaraderie amongst the members. We have fun!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The camaraderie with the members. Also, I enjoy the repertoire we perform, and that the group continually strives for excellence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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