Thursday, December 17, 2015
In November, 1978 Troy’s Adult and Community Education Department sponsored a new Troy All City Choir comprised of adults from Troy and surrounding communities. The group performed Handel’s “Messiah” at their inaugural concert during the Christmas season that year. Within a decade the chorus was singing at events throughout southeast Michigan. In 1989 they competed in the Trapper’s Alley Christmas Competition in Detroit and were awarded second place. The following year they sang the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers baseball game and performed at the Detroit Festival of Trees, Meadowbrook Hall, and Cobo Hall as well as at local events. Over time their concerts were expanded to include instrumental music, dance, soloists, and ensembles. During their 30th anniversary year (2008) the chorus was recognized by Governor Jennifer Granholm, Senator John Pappageorge, and State Representative Marty Knollenberg.
Today this culturally diverse 70-member group is known as the Troy Community Chorus (TCC). They no longer operate under the Community Education umbrella, but are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded by member dues, fundraising events, donations, and program sponsors. The group sings anything from Broadway to classical pieces and folk music and performs at Troy Daze, tree lighting events, nursing homes, and senior citizen centers.
TCC welcomes adults of all ages who love to sing. An audition is not required to join TCC, but new members do pay a modest annual fee and follow a simple dress code when performing. Weekly evening rehearsals are held at Athens High School.
For more information or to join the Chorus email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To hear the chorus go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH9HU8HkxHY
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