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Players and the Chelsea High School Chamber Orchestra. Te performance artistry was exceptional. Student instru- mentalists playing side by side with professional musicians created an extraordinary collaborative “voice”. Extending the performance’s outreach, the Chelsea First United Meth- odist Church Chancel Choir joined the students for the performance of Jubilate Deo. From the first note to the final “shout for joy, all the earth!” the concert was inspired by the demonstrated personal commitment of each musician as they performed with the nuance of sensitive phrase shaping, rhythmic integrity and textual understanding. Audience members were inspired by the vulnerability of musical artists sharing a glimpse of the future, a future where people from all backgrounds, religions, and nationalities gather together in song, expressing the richness of life and inviting others to do the same.


Patrice DeBose acknowledged the communities, school districts, concert hosts and generous donors. She spoke of the dreams that she had for her students that were realized through this experience including:


-Te opportunity to learn from choral leaders in the profession.


-Te sharing through “family groups,” and gleaning the understanding that everyone has value and some- thing unique to contribute to the world and our music programs.


-Understanding, through the sharing of music, the need to care for one another.


Steve Hinz quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.


-Martin Luther King, Jr.


Hinz expressed hope that the concert honored and em- braced the tenants of Dr. King’s work. He asked the au- dience to consider, “How do we respond to the injustices and the rhetoric of hate around us? Are we limited because we can’t respond adequately to the size of the problems? Maybe the solutions can be found inside each of us.” Steve continued, “As I look inward to what I see in my life, my community, this region of Michigan, and our country I ask – Is there a way I can respond with what I do every day?” He paused, “I am blessed to be a teaching musician and I believe that this vehicle of bringing communities together can be so much more than just the music.”


Hinz and DeBose were overwhelmed by generous financial support from the Chelsea community and grant funding from DPS Foundation, Chelsea Community Foundation, American Choral Directors Association-Fund for Tomor- row and the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Te


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