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Review for Pro Musica Youth Chorus, Oak Park, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have three daughters who all sing with PMYC. I love this organization so much, I've spent nearly 8 years working on the board. The artistic staff is excellent -- musically gifted, wonderful teachers, and the kids love them. My children have made many of their best friends in this organization. Also, they have become skilled and passionate musicians, and graceful and confident young people. They've had the opportunity to perform around the world and to collaborate with world-class professional arts organizations. In addition they participate in local concerts and events as a centerpiece of our town's arts community. I cannot speak highly enough of this organization and what it's done for my family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Donate a gabillion dollars to give it a solid, ongoing scholarship fund.

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Role:  Board Member

Review for Pro Musica Youth Chorus, Oak Park, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I worked as a professional musician for many years, and my oldest daughter started singing along with Broadway musicals when she was two. At seven, when she asked if she could join a chorus, our piano teacher recommended the OPRFCC. Five years later my daughter has many interests, but the chorus remains her first love. It's the one activity she can't wait to get to. Her two younger sisters also sing with the chorus, and love it as well. The different ensembles work perfectly for our family: the kids start out with the primary focus to have fun singing. As they progress, their skills sharpen and they're ready for more challenging music and they've learned the joy of being rewarded for their effort and discipline. Right now I hear my girls practicing folk tunes, bossa nova and Mahler, all for upcoming concerts. My kids love the friends they make, the variety of music they sing, performing with dance companies, jazz ensembles and orchestras. I love the variety of experiences the kids get (performing everywhere from the Public Library to Carnegie Hall to marching in parades) and how they've learned that discipline and having fun go together. The conductors are excellent. They teach the kids theory, vocal technique and broaden their knowledge of different genres. At the same time my kids think the conductors are hilarious and fun. We love this group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how happy it makes my kids, how much joy it brings me as an audience member.

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

how beautiful it is to hear a community making music together; the look on the kids' faces when they realize how good they are; my daughters telling me they hate Benjamin Britten, then after the performance, them telling me how much they LOVE Britten.

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

Very dedicated and extremely hard-working; very very talented.

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

wean all children from electronic gadgets, reintroduce people to a sense of community, reawaken kids' innate creativity, teach kids the value of effort and perseverance, and save the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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Role:  Board Member & My children sing in the chorus, and I serve on the board.