Raising their voices in song

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The Plain City Community Singers made their debut at Plain City’s Independence Day celebration. Their next concert is scheduled for Sept. 5 at Pastime Park.

(Posted Aug. 24, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Plain City Community Singers, a new performance group, is set to take the stage for the second time this summer.

Performing as part of Plain City’s Music in the Park series, the group will present a concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the gazebo at Pastime Park. Admission is free. Those who attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

“We’ll have full ensemble numbers along with smaller group performances and solos. It will be all kinds of genres of music–patriotic, Broadway, pop, and little bit of sacred,” said Anne Gorman, who formed the group this past spring.

Gorman said her idea to bring people together to make music had been percolating for a couple of years. She retired as Jonathan Alder High School’s vocal music teacher in 2017 after 18 years with the district, prior to which she taught vocal music for nine years at Hilliard City Schools. She also has directed musicals for the Pleasure Guild of Children’s Hospital and once sang in a professional opera company in Florida.

“I missed it and, of course, COVID made me miss it even more because we couldn’t get together to do things like that,” Gorman said.

When COVID-19 vaccines became available earlier this year, she decided the time was finally right to form a community choir. She made the announcement on Facebook, wondering what interest it would generate.

“I thought, ‘If I get 10 or 12 people, I’ll be happy.’ The first night, I had 32,” she said.

The first rehearsal took place on April 18. Since then, the group has met every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Buckeye Brass & Winds, the former United Methodist Church at 202 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. The number of participants fluctuates according to availability. Gorman said she has had anywhere from 22 to 45 people show up for practice.

“Everybody is excited to get to sing again and be together and work on music that makes them happy… It’s just been really fun,” she said.

The people showing up to sing run the gamut, from Gorman’s former students and students’ parents and grandparents to retired teachers, friends of friends, and other area residents.

The group made its performance debut as part of the entertainment lineup for Plain City’s Independence Day celebration. The full ensemble performed three patriotic numbers. A breakout men’s a capella group performed, as well.

The Community Singers likely will take a break from rehearsals from mid-September to mid-October before gearing up again for what Gorman hopes will be some Christmas/holiday gigs.

Anyone who is at least 14 years old is welcome to join the all-volunteer choir. The ranks currently run from youngsters to folks in their early 80s.

For more information, contact Anne Gorman at gormana155@gmail.com. Donations are welcome to help offset the cost of music and other expenses.

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