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Taylor Gudbrandson

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus director Taylor Gudbrandson says she will carry one primary lesson of the COVID-19 into the future: the chorus is more than a music program; it is a community much like a family. Even without in-person rehearsals, the ties between the choristers have grown as they prepare group and solo pieces for concerts to share online. The most recent is the holiday cabaret "Messages of Hope and Joy," which can be streamed through Jan 31.

Gudbrandson shares specifics on some of the challenges facing the choir in 2021, including a shortfall in funds which they hope to offset with a fund drive ending in March. Donations can be made at the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus website.

The choristers of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, ages 7 - 17, have made Zoom their new practice room since early September, says director Taylor Gudbrandson. The work of forging personal connections through music development has continued, even with muted screens and on-screen cameos by a pet chinchilla. 

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

Taylor Gudbrandson, the newly-appointed artistic/executive director of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, speaks with Cara Lieurance about her new role and her goals for the 40 year-old organization, which nurtures young singers from elementary through high school with different choirs for several singing levels. She recalls participating in the Chorus while still in high school, and how it offered the stability and artistic challenge she wasn't getting from her school choir. Gudbrandson also pays tribute to Fred Sang, who retired as artistic/executive director in July.