Study after study shows singing in harmony to be a reliable way to relieve stress and build community. In 2010, Alison Young reported on Minnesota Public Radio that civic involvement, discipline, teamwork, social skills, volunteerism, philanthropy, and support of other art forms are some of the very tangible qualities that increase when a person sings in a chorus. The Upper Valley has numerous choral groups for experienced and skilled adult singers, but few for the many who love to sing but lack training and experience (or have been discouraged from learning). Juneberry Community Chorus (JCC) welcomes all participants who love to sing and helps them gain the skills to sing with meaningful artistic expression. In the process, participants and their communities realize the many related benefits.
Running a chorus costs money -- there's music to buy, facilities to rent, directors & accompanists to pay, overhead, etc., etc., etc. We estimate that each "seat" in the chorus costs $200 per term, but in order to keep the chorus affordable, members are only required to pay $50.