The Tower Chorale Blog

30 Years Ago

Sunday, May 01, 2016

 

“WE’RE IN BUSINESS!”

So states a newsletter entitled, “Tower Chorale Notes” that was typed and distributed in 1986, the year of the choir’s debut.

After a lengthy effort to save the historic Grand Avenue School in Western Springs, a group of active citizens floated the idea that a community chorus should be established, and that they rehearse in the space. A search of historic records has identified several people who were instrumental in saving Grand Avenue School and creating the Tower Chorale, and we wish to honor those who have dedicated their time and talent to getting this wonderful organization up and running.

It’s hard to believe it’s been thirty years since the singers began rehearsing at Grand Avenue Community Center. Although many of the faces have changed, there are still a number of founding members who continue to sing with the group.

Written on the back of that first newsletter is a mission statement for the fledgling group:

“We hope to generate new avenues of musical exploration for our members, who will come together from various communities to build toward achieving an excellent level of choral performance. And we look forward to sharing this result with those who will come to appreciate these endeavors through our concerts!”

We owe a debt of gratitude to those who brought this “project” to life. Thirty years later, we continue to support their original mission and to carry on the musical tradition established by the founding members.

Please see our Events page for information about our concert dates.

 

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