LETTER: Chorus needs new pianist

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 04:56 AM

To the Editor:

A community mainstay may soon come to an end. The High Hopes Chorus has been in existence for more than 25 years. For the past 15 years or so, its mission was to sing at all the nursing home, rehabilitation and assisted-living facilities in Lee County two times a year, and twice a year, the chorus has entertained the Diners' Club at the Lee County Enrichment Center.

At one time, the numbers reached as high as 35, but, now, due to death, sickness and other family commitments, our chorus is composed of about 20 active members. That is not to say we are short on commitment or talent, and it has been mentioned that we do a very good job and present a very entertaining program. However, once again, we have been left with no pianist, and unless someone steps forward willing to commit to the chorus, we probably will cease to exist as a community chorus.

We practice every Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m., and we present our programs to the residents of the above-mentioned facilities on Wednesday afternoons. So, it is a commitment to set aside a couple of hours every Wednesday and give it to the chorus. We are always thankful for new members, and we have been fortunate enough to have a pianist in the past. Without a pianist, we cannot perform the music selected. It is an absolute necessity. At this time, it does not look promising.

I am hopeful that this letter will draw attention to our predicament and a generous person will step forward and give us their commitment and talent. I would be happy to answer any questions and give as much information as I can. Hopefully, the High Hopes Chorus will not come to an end, but will continue its mission to Lee County.

Mary Ann Ludwick

President, High Hopes Chorus