I was a in my elementary school choir back in the day. So when I was asked to joined board a few years ago, I was excited because I remembering being my enjoyment of as a young singer. These young ladies and gentlemen provide great community service to Metro-Nashville Area. My goal now help them to enjoy singing and "preserve a tradition and discipline of choral development by providing children the opportunity to develop leadership skills, to enhance their education, and to grow artistically and professionally."
My experience with Choral Arts Link began with my job in community education. My supervisor said he had a program he thought I would be interested in adding to my list of classes. He could not have been more right! I attended rehearsal after talking to the director and have been with the organization for about 15 years. I watched and listened with fascination as the young people, ages 8 to 18, performed with such professionalism and stage presence. It was clear that they were getting the very best training for a very small fee. I met the parents, artistic instructors, and the singers. I was shocked to find that the staff volunteered their time and talents. I began volunteering with the group as much as possible. I wanted to give whatever I could to help the group develop into a polished choir. I have watched many children grow, develop their talents and confidence in themselves, including my own grandchildren. I am honored to be on the board of directors, but more honored to be a part of a program that offers exceptional choral training, stage decorum, performance opportunities that showcase their talents, and build confidence in their abilities for a lifetime.
My child performed with the MET singers from 3rd grade through 12th grade. During that time she became much more aware of her leadership abilities, and artistic interests. She found her voice.
Along the way, I became a board member, and one who continues to be inspired by the efforts of a new generation of youth, anxious to bring joy to others through song. Look for
Quality teaching and skills building for young people. My daughter was a part of this group from 2nd grade to 12th grade. When she went to college she was better prepared than some of her voice teachers senior students! The core foundation she received aided her accomplishments as a student and now as a professional vocal performer! This organization caters not only to the student but adds value and input for the whole family. I still contribute to this organization financially because I believe in its value to this community! I have supported their efforts for twenty years! As a former parent of a student and board member I know and have seen the students who have benefited from this awesome organization.
It is an honor to serve this non-profit and see the impact that music has on the lives of children. Not only does Choral Arts Link provide choral training and development, it also gives youth exposure to multiple cultures, social skills and life-long friendships. In a city where music is key, the youth who participate in the MET Singers, MET Academy and other programs of the organization gain valuable experience in vocal performance. Our kids and teachers are amazing!! Visit http://ChoralArtsLink.org to learn more!
It is gratifying to see the development of leadership skills, self discipline, musical acumen, and personal growth that the youth who participate in the Choral Arts Link program constantly experience. Through hard work, dedication, and effective, knowledgeable leadership, this organization has grown from a grassroots entity to a nationally recognized performance group.
I am extremely proud to be associated with an organization that emphasizes such high standards and provides quality experiences for all who are involved; including parents, board members, and most of all, the audiences who witness their amazing performances.
As a grandparent and volunteer, for a current MET student, I am pleased to say that we have a wonderful organization that is truly ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN. My granddaughter has been a member of MET for 5 years. This past year she took a 6 month hiatus. During her absence she felt that she was not getting the proper choral training through her school. She expressed to me that she was loosing the PROPER training she needed in order to continue to pursue her career of choice, MUSIC. The school that she currently is attending did not provide the proper decorum that all music professionals should follow and she was loosing her vocal range and training, to a teacher that just really didn’t seem to care. She wanted more! She made the decision to return to MET. She now wants to finish her school years out with MET and this is a choice that she has made. MET welcomed her back with open arms!!
My daughter Krystian basically grew up in Met. She has been performing since a young age. The volunteer teachers there take special care with all the kids. For the past couple of years I have been a volunteer parent and have a first hand knowledge of the great work they do. Now my daughter has graduated high school and is off to college with a small music scholarship. I hope this program continues on so more kids can enjoy the sounds of sweet music that Mrs. Campbell-Holman and the rest of the great teaches at Met offer..
I am so very proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization. My belief is that music, in any form, brings great joy to the performer and the listener beyond measure. When that music comes from a child, it brings with it something so pure and honest. From the youngest to the oldest, each member of the Choral Arts Link program is given an opportunity to learn and grow, whether they plan to be a singer or a doctor, the door has been opened. Anyone wanting to invest in our youth, would be well served investing in Choral Arts Link - volunteering, financially investing or just spreading the word. Join me in clearing a path to excellence. Support Choral Arts Link!
Choral Art Link and Margaret Campbelle-Holman are amazing. Both in their passion for music and their love of children. The confidence and poise that this organiztion inspires is top notch. You could expect no better training and guidance. We aim to treat every child as our own for
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My child has been in the choir since 2nd grade and is now a Senior. Her goal is to be a vocal performance major and perform. MET Singers laid the foundation for her aspirations of being a classically trained performer. What she has learned along with her private training has greatly prepared her for the college auditions she is currently undertaking. The teachers and students are very proud of their work and it shows every time they perform. Way to go MET!!!
As a member of the board of directors, it's amazing to be blown away each and every time these young people perform. I appreciate the arts and enjoy being involved with an organization that fosters youth development and training.
Our nine-year-old son participated in the day camp last summer and thoroughly loved it. After full days of singing, he was energized and couldn't wait to return the next day. The program gave him exposure to diverse choral literature and several different instructors. He looks forward to coming back in 2010!
I am amazed at how the children of different age groups come together to make on beatiful sound. Every one is welcome and all are treated with the utmost respect. The children are learning the basics in music and how to perform with proper etiquette. They are so amazing and the organization is just as amazing to be able to offer this to the children of out community.
Every time that I am around the young singers, I am overcome with emotion. It is just a beautiful sound that comes from their blended voices.
My experience with Choral Arts has been nothing but positive. The music teachers that volunteer their time to work with our kids are amazing. My son has always loved music, but MET has opened his eyes to things that he didn't think were possible. They have given him the confidence he needs to excel at what he loves. They also do a great job working with their students and teaching them to be well-rounded, respectable adults. They are taught lessons that will carry them through a lifetime.
As a Grandparent Volunteer it has given me MUCH PLEASURE working with this group. To witness the TRUE dedication of ALL INVOLVED, Director, Students, Teachers, Board Members, Parents - ALL VOLUNTEERS - is heart-warming. This year some of the Seniors, many of whom started when then they were in the Second Grade, are now graduating with the intention of doing something in the Music field, then returning to pass on their knowledge. These children not only sing, but have learned to 'read music' & learn 'theory'. They perform all types of music GRANDLY!!! Their Director/Teachers work extremely hard @ their 'day jobs' then dedicate themselves to these kids for classes, rehearsals, & performances. NOBODY GETS PAID (except for a very small stipend the teachers get for the one week Summer Camp). To take 60 mainly non-singing students - 2nd - 12th grades - & turn them into Classically trained SINGERS is beyound belief. You just have to hear them!!!! Their 'professionalism' is unquestionable. This group fosters 'family'!!! Join us & you'll see. The MET Singers Honor Choir becomes the Celebration Youth Chorus each year for the annual MLK Celebration with the Nashville Symphony & have done so for the past 13 years & they DO MAKE US PROUD. I am extremely delighted to be one of their small volunteers doing whatever I can to help make a difference, but the one's to be GREATLY HONORED are the TEACHERS/DIRECTOR/PARENTS/STUDENTS.
As the parent of a 13 year-old-daughter served by Choral Arts Link, I am forever grateful for the music training, character building, and performance opportunities made available to the young people here in Music City, USA through the non-profit Choral Arts Link. The staff and volunteers are truly dedicated to children, music, and the community. I have witnessed my daughter develop her vocal talents, leadership skills, performance decorum, and peer relations. Her training has been top-notch, and she has performed well in several impressive venues, including the Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. We are proud to support and be supported by Choral Arts Link.
Choral arts training is the primary reason parents enroll their children in the program. However, much more is learned: discipline, leadership, respect, honor and teamwork are just a few.