Finding more than just great singing

Do you ever fondly reminisce about how much you enjoyed singing in a high school or college choir?

After hearing the New Tradition Chorus perform at a Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce function in December, Lauren Picciuca, a member of the chamber, felt that call to get back into group singing. She attended several Tuesday night rehearsals, and then recently became a member of New Tradition. To her surprise, she discovered that the chorus not only fulfills her need to be part of a group that has a passion for good singing and artistic expression, but it also prioritizes the individual vocal development of its members.

For example, while preparing for the chorus’ spring show, the chorus brought in a professional coach, which they do on a regular basis. During these sessions, vocal production is stressed so everyone gets a chance to focus on their own voice while working in the group.

Lauren said, “I was already learning how to control my sound so that I blended with the group. It’s different from solo singing.”

Lauren was also surprised to learn that opportunities for specific, individualized attention were available when she signed up for “See Your Voice,” one of several classes offered through the chorus’ NT Academy. It provided her with individual guidance and feedback, tailored to her voice, using a unique computer program.

Lauren commented that, “it was an awesome way to watch your voice when in tune, and also when it’s not in tune. You could actually see if your sound was off pitch easier than you can hear it.”

If you have the urge to make music again, the New Tradition Chorus offers far more than just the opportunity to harmonize together and perform several times a year. It also provides a supportive and enriching environment where you can grow as a singer while experiencing the fun of being in a group.

New Tradition’s 42nd annual spring show is at 2:30 p.m. on May 4 and 5 at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., in Glenview. Come to the show or visit any Tuesday for their 7-10 p.m. rehearsal at the same address.

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