Stephanie’s Heroes: Charlottesville Women's Choir

May 25, 2014

Members of the Charlottesville Women’s Choir are using their voices to give back to children in the city by fundraising with a special benefit concert.

The choir may be singing to an empty room right now, but in just a few days people will fill the pews at the Haven for a special concert to benefit Barrett Early Learning Center.

"It's terrific to be able to use music, not just as a form of entertainment, but also as a way to make the community stronger to find places in the community where they could use a hand and lend our voices literally to make that happen," says Nena Lewis, singer in the choir.

From making sure they're on pitch, to perfecting the timing of certain lyrics, they're working together to make the upcoming performance the best it can be.

In addition to using this concert to help young children, the choir is also sharing their melodies and harmonies throughout the community for events at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, the Shelter for Help and Emergency and Sexual Assault Resource Agency.

"It just gives us a purpose. It makes our singing more meaningful more purposeful," said Nancy Chappell. "It's why people choose this choir I think."

Estelle Phillips has been singing with the choir for 29 years, and says one of the best parts is working with so many talented women.

"Being in the choir is just a wonderful experience in terms of the mutual support we give and also it is a wonderful vehicle for every member of the choir to use her skills. It's just inspiring to see all the skills that all the women bring," Phillips said.

All musical skills that they hope will make this concert a success, and in turn provide a hefty donation for the Barrett Early Learning Center.

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, June 1, at the Haven. It starts at 4:30 p.m. with tickets available at the door.


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