My story is similar to many of the Grand Chorus participants’ stories. Many dust their voices and instruments off after several years to audition. It is just such a privilege and joy to sing that I don’t take it for granted. It is an experience I hold very close to my heart and offer many prayers of gratitude for every day. I participate in the Grand Chorus and serve as a volunteer as the Managing Director for EVMCO. My father, four sisters, two brothers, and a brother-in-law are all in EVMCO’s Grand Chorus as well. My son and niece are in EVMCO Youth Chorus. We have another sister, brother-in-law, and their two children in TVMCO’s Grand Chorus and Children’s Chorus. We all feel eternally blessed to have the opportunity to sing together every week in such a capacity. I have cousins in OCMCO’s and UVMCO’s Grand Choruses, along with their children participating in the respective youth ensembles. It is an overwhelming feeling to know that we are raising our voices together in praise to God every Thursday evening. It makes us feel close to each other although we are hundreds of miles apart. It is a bit of heaven on earth, and who doesn’t need a little of that?

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Melissa Tyler, Arizona

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