Have you ever wondered what it would take to establish, maintain and develop a local choir, provide it with music, and with opportunities to perform?
New Era Bahá’í Choir performs in Perth, Australia - Photo by Ryan LashKathryn Tahiri and Ludwig Tuman are the co-authors of the booklet “Nine Steps to Raise and Nurture a Community Choir.” Kathryn is a composer, choral and orchestral conductor, performer, educator, and former director of the Bahá'í Temple Choir in Wilmette, Illinois. Ludwig is actively engaged as a composer, music producer, educator, writer, and speaker.
The booklet is designed to help communities establish and manage their own choir. Ludwig says: “The human voice is perhaps the most basic and magical of musical instruments, and choral singing is inherently both an artistic and a social activity. These common features make the process of creating and maintaining a choir remarkably consistent in cultures around the world.”
American Samoa Choir
When asked how important is music to the development of a community? Ludwig replied, "Singing in a choir is one of life's most joyful and rewarding experiences. Making music together is a wonderful way to build communities. It brings hearts together in unified effort. It builds friendships and a sense of belonging. It immerses us in a shared artistic experience that lifts our spirits while subtly teaching us about many spiritual truths. To have such an activity is a major social and spiritual asset.”