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Why I Wellspring

There is something magical about choir. It sounds so basic when you say it out loud, but anyone who has ever been part of this kind of community knows what I am talking about.

One of the hardest parts of becoming an adult was graduating out of school programs and seasons of your life where a choral community is accessible and often encouraged as part of a well-rounded education. Somehow, many of us found ourselves in the midst of an all too common transition where our day-to-day lives are consumed by work and formal choir experiences, especially for people who are not professional musicians, are few and far between.

And for those who became music educators, you create incredible spaces for young musicians to learn and grow, but it can be so hard to find that space for yourself where you can focus on the pure joy and love of making music with peers.

Wellspring has been that safe haven for so many of us over the years. Even during the height of the pandemic, Evan and the rest of the board were able to help us pivot and stay connected through experimental virtual choir and hybrid options. Music continued to be a light in the darkness and a lifeline back to where we truly want to be: together.

As always, “Sing when the seams burst. Sing when the traps ensnare. Sing when your body breaks, and the light flees — Sing then! For then, your soul is song.” - Jake Runestad

Leslie Nielsen, Wellspring Member

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