I just read an interesting statistic from Chorus America, a fantastic organization that offers support to all kinds of choruses, but especially community choirs. Chorus America shared that there are more American choral singers than there are residents of California, and the population of that enormous state is over 37,000,000. When you think about, that’s an amazing number! In school and university choruses, church choirs, community ensembles, and many other types of choral groups, over 37,000,000 people are gathering on a regular basis to lift their voices in song.
It seems to me this is a statistic worth celebrating. It also makes me wonder what it is that prompts so many people to sing in a group. I know many of the reasons, having heard them from singers through the years, but I’m especially interested in hearing from the readership of this blog. What are some of your most memorable choral experiences and what keeps you involved in choral singing?