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Holliston February 2018

Holliston February 2018

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Page 4 Holliston Local Town Pages February 2018 Charles River Children’s Chorale Explores the World through Song By J.D. O’Gara Lelia Tenreyro-Viana believes there’s a power to music. Director of the Charles River Children’s Chorale, a Metrowest Community Program for children aged 6-10, in Kindergarten through 5th grade, Tenreyro- Viana says that, as music has created the strongest friendships in her own life, so she sees it creating strong bonds in the young children she directs. “It’s the power of music, the experiences, and working for a goal, for the concert. It’s studying from nothing, from learning a new song, to making it sound amazing,” she says, of her group that performs each Christmas and each spring with the Charles River Chorale. What she sees happening with the children mirrors her own life. “The memories and the relationships, and all of the powerful experiences in my childhood through music have stayed with me.” “This chorale has brought my children opportunities to sing localtownpages Published Monthly Mailed FREE to the Community of Holliston Circulation: 5,722 households & businesses Publisher Chuck Tashjian Editor J.D. O’Gara Advertising Sales Manager Lori Koller (508) 934-9608 Production & Layout Susan Dunne Michelle McSherry Advertising Department 508-533-NEWS (6397) Ad Deadline is the 15th of each month. Localtownpages assumes no financial liability for errors or omissions in printed advertising and reserves the right to reject/edit advertising or editorial submissions. Send Editorial to: © Copyright 2018 LocalTownPages in a community, be a part of a community,” says Millis resident Meaghan Quilop, a member of the Charles River Chorale who, along with her husband Greg, founded the Charles River Children’s Chorale to offer children a developmentally appropriate Cunnally Law Group LLC, is a Massachusetts based law firm dedicated to Family Law. Divorce Mediation - Divorce Litigation Collaborative Law Contempts - Modifications- Alimony Paternity - Custody- Child Support Guardianships Probate Court Equity Actions 508-346-3805 Call to schedule your confidential appointment and visit our informative website at: setting in which to learn how to sing in a group. “It is important to have that connection to our peers, and music is such a beautiful way to forge that connection. Over the past four years, I have seen incredibly shy children come and lift their voices in song 163 Main Street, Suite Six, Medway, MA 02053 and just shine from the inside.” “One student has autism, and the difference the musical training has been on her is unbelievable. She went from being super shy in the beginning to being able to sing a solo and focus, make eye contact and all the things that are really challenging,” says Tenreyro- Viana. The children explore their world through music, she says. Partly, it’s exploring other cultures and singing in other languages as a way to learn new traditions,” says the chorale director, whose own lifetime of music experience began when she was just 7-years-old singing in the national chorus of her native country, Argentina. A piano teacher and the music director of St. Cecilia’s Church in Ashland, Tenreyro-Viana (now an American citizen) also served as teacher-in-residence for the “Choral Music Initiative,” a program sponsored by the Met- Everything from Start to Finish Rebuild after; Remodeling; - Fire Damage - Roof and Siding - Smoke Damage - Basements - Storm Damage - Kitchens and Bathrooms - Water Damage - Additions - Mold Damage - Painting and Carpentry When Disaster Strikes Call 844-HMB FAST (462-3278) CHORALE continued on page 5

February 2018 Holliston Local Town Pages Page 5 CHORALE continued from page 4 All photos courtesy of Charles River Children’s Chorale. Photos by Sergio R. Reyes. ropolitan Opera Guild and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and she sings year-round with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, which accompanies the Boston Symphony Orchestra. “If we sing in Hebrew, we might talk about the Shabbat; if we sing in Japanese, we might talk about the cherry blossom, says Lelia. “So, there’s a little touch on other cultures. I want them to learn things they might not learn in school, give them another perspective.” Learning to sing with other students also develops confidence and the ability to listen, says Tenreyro-Viana, who is accompanied by pianist Everard Huggan. “My daughter just loves to sing, and since she started going to chorus her confidence level has jumped and she really enjoys performing on stage as well,” says Danielle Rossi, of Millis. Nancy Muscatello’s daughter, aged 10, has participated in the children’s chorale for three years. Not only has her confidence grown, says Muscatello, but “it’s a nice way for her to creatively express herself.” With a lot of local youth-focused programs revolving around sports, says Muscatello, the children’s chorale ended up being a good outlet for her more artisticallyand musically-oriented child. Tenreyro-Viana, who says she finds teaching both centering and exhilarating, does so with an affectionate and gentle discipline. “We have a way of listening to each other,” she says, “to listen to how each member is contributing FOR SALE 2007 PT Cruiser Convertible and we all contribute to one big sound. There’s a lot of empathy and compassion that generates from honoring each other’s voices. I think all of those things somehow impact their home life and hopefully their school life, too.” Although the group is currently small, the children learn to project their voices. Lelia says she can only imagine how wonderful more children’s voices would sound. Although her small group “sang their heart out, all completely enjoying the music they were making” at the last Christmas concert, she envisions assembling a group of 60 or so children from local communities. “The sound that you can create with more voices is amazing. There’s something so powerful about children’s voices. If we can create a solid group, we can do a lot of service music, bring it to elderly people who are lonely, sing for worthy fundraising causes. I tell the children that by making music, we are making peace. The vibration of music is a connection to the vibration of the universe. Our mission is to share our gift with other people to connect with that joy.” Although the season just began in mid-January, it’s not too late for your child to sign up for the Charles River Children’s Chorale, offered through the Millis Recreation Department at (508) 376-7050. The cost for the 16-week program, offered Thursdays from 3:45-5 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building in Millis, is $150. Clean Car • 81,000 Miles • Asking $4,500 (508) 641-5520 SESSION #3 BEGINS FEBRUARY 5 TH ! Programs Available: Pre-school Gymnastics School Age Gymnastics • Ninja Fit Tumbling Classes Birthday Parties EDM Fitness Hopkinton: Personal Training Come train like a Ninja! Experience the thrill of the warp wall, flying dumb bells, cargo net, rope climbs & much more Ninja Classes available for children Kindergarten to Age 14 Kartwheel Kids ‘Junior’ (Ages 18 months thru Pre-K) 22 South Street, Suite #205, Hopkinton NEW! Kartwheel Kids (Kindergarten-14 years) 88C Elm Street, Hopkinton (508) 435-2400 •

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