The mission of Monterey Peninsula Voices is to create community through the joy of learning and sharing choral music.
The Big Idea
Monterey Peninsula Voices is a 100-plus-member voice, non-audition community choral group that inspires learning and sharing through the joy of music. For their 60th anniversary they would like to perform two concerts, in Salinas and Carmel, that will showcase a diverse set of performance groups including Danzantes del Quinto Sol (folklórico dance), Shinsho Mugen Daiko (taiko drumming), SpectorDance Youth Company and Hijos del Sol. Combining the art of dance and accompanying choral music, Monterey Peninsula Voices plans to celebrate a culturally rich arts community. The nonprofit would like to make tickets discounted or free whenever financially possible to ensure accessibility to the arts.
I have always loved vocal harmonies. The sound of the Temptations, Beach Boys, DooWop fascinated me, but I never sang in public because of life and something else that would come up. But when I went to the wedding of my nephew, and the whole congregation sang the hymns in parts, I was transported and inspired. So back home, I was referred to the Monterey Peninsula Voices, and my life changed. Singing in a choir is now an addiction for me --- both in performance, but also in rehearsal. The blending of different voices singing different parts is a healthy high that I've rarely experienced. And the welcoming community of singers in MPV are an ongoing source of comfort and connection. I've learned a lot about music theory and styles of music that are new to me. Singing in a choir has become a joyous, educational, active, therapeutic, essential part of my life.
- Chris Hasegawa