Volunteer Singers needed for Valley Soul Holiday Concert

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Griffin Hospital is seeking singers of all skill levels to help bring a little holiday “soul” to the Naugatuck Valley this winter.

Coming off the success of last year’s Valley Soul Holiday Concert, Griffin Hospital is once again assembling a gospel choir of volunteer singers from throughout the Valley under the direction of Angela Clemmons, a professional singer for more than 35 years and director of the acclaimed “Shoreline Soul” performances in Madison.

In addition to providing an inspiring and uplifting performance, the Valley Soul choir aims to bring together individuals from churches and organizations throughout the area to help build and strengthen partnerships that will improve the health of the region.

The concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a donation to TEAM Inc., which provides of services that address the needs of the very young to the very old, through a focus on coordinating with other area services to provide the greatest levels of service, TEAM is seen as perfect beneficiary of the community choir project. TEAM programs reach over 14,000 individuals each year through programs that offer assistance for education and youth, elderly assistance, home heating assistance, housing assistance, financial assistance, and support community and neighborhood needs.

The volunteer singers will take part in five, two-hour workshops, culminating in a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, this-couldn’t’-possibly-be-Naugatuck-Valley concert of traditional and contemporary gospel and holiday music on Dec. 12.

The weekly practices are upbeat, fun and very user-friendly. No one needs to know how to read music. All songs are taught by ear and everyone is given a practice CD.

The training sessions will be Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 14, and 28, and Dec. 5 from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Assumption Church in Ansonia.

To register or for more information, visit GriffinHealth.org/Valley-Soul.

Although the workshop is primarily for adults, youth who are able to follow a lyric sheet are welcome to participate.

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