Euphonious voices fill the Valley

The Snoqualmie Valley Girl's Choir (SVGC) is a choir that practices in Snoqualmie. The director, Teri Drinkwater, is a very skilled woman who has a love for music and has shared that love with all the members of the choir.

Last year we were able to sing at the Church of Mary Magdalene, where we had the opportunity to get to know women who are homeless; sing at Figgy Pudding in Seattle; sing the National Anthem at a softball game for Fall City Little League; and held a magnificent Mother's Day tea party. All of these events were great fun.

In the choir, everyone is like family and gets along. On the first day we all got to know each other and have made everlasting friendships. Everyone is always supportive of one another.

This choir really nurtured everyone's passion for music. More and more through the year, we all were very excited to learn new music and we became eager to explore different styles of music and music in foreign languages. It also helped many of the members to gain self confidence. Many of the girls that were terrified of being "exposed" on stage joined the small ensemble groups toward the end of the year. These girls battled their fears and got out there to perform. They did a great job.

All of us had improved in our singing skills immensely at the end of the year by learning to put emotion into our songs. We all became more determined to nail a song, and we knew that we could do it.

Being a member of the choir is an experience we'll always treasure. Since the SVGC is a new choir, in a way, we're still trying to figure it all out, just opening our eyes to a marvelous world and taking that first terrifying, but thrilling step. We know that this is the start of something that will bring people from all over in awe of the magical sounds of the choir that is strengthened by our friendship.

The goal that we are all striving to meet is to inspire girls to use the art of music to draw community closer together, and this year we firmly believe that we met that goal. We are all looking forward to the many years to come, and we are very excited to meet new members and for the choir to grow.

If you or someone you know would like to share all this with us, come to our picnic at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, at Centennial Fields in Snoqualmie. We can't wait for this upcoming year and we'd love to share it with you. Also, you can learn more about us at our Web site: www.svgirlschoir.com.

By Grace and Holly Madland

Fall City

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