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By Heidi Zemach
For The LOG 

Seward Community Choir springs forth

 

Heidi Zemach | For The LOG

Sue McClure conducts the Community Choir in the Alaska Flag song.

The front two pews of the Methodist Church are filled with choral singers every Thursday evening, earnestly trying to learn their parts in order not to sing the wrong notes by mistake, or to be the one person singing out while everyone else is pausing for dramatic effect. The Seward Community Choir is putting the final touches on its spring concert, to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at the Marine Science Center/Rae Building.

Now led by pianist Sue McClure, the choir has continued to function and its ranks have continued to grow, especially the bass section. The choir takes in singers of all levels and musical backgrounds, including people who don’t read music but who love to sing. With practice, and plenty of rehearsals, everyone can catch on and add to the joyful sound of people singing in harmony.

“I love singing in choirs. I’ve done it most of my life. It lifts my spirit and makes life beautiful,” said Pastor Ron Nitz, a bass whose booming voice the rest of the bass section depends upon.

“Community choir allows me to practice my singing ability outside of a school venue,” said Alden Hamilton, a tenor and the choir’s youngest member. An eighth grader, Hamilton is happy to be in a choir as he was not allowed to attend the high school choir this year, as he did in seventh grade. He plans to stick with community choir next year in order to be able to participate in other high school electives.

The community choir and community band, which held its concert Satuday are among the few organized opportunities available in Seward to adults and teens with music in their hearts or in their past. It’s not what the music scene used to be like in Seward, when full community musicals were staged every year. But they’re important to those involved.

“Music connects people,” said alto singer Robyn Audette. “We connect with others when we create music together – and even when we listen to music together.”

 

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