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Griffin Hospital seeks singers for holiday concert

October 7, 2018

DERBY — Griffin Hospital is seeking singers of all skill levels, as it assembles a gospel choir of volunteers for its Valley Soul Holiday Concert.

The choir will perform under the direction of Angela Clemmons, a professional singer for more than 35 years and director of the acclaimed “Shoreline Soul” performances in Madison.

The volunteer singers will take part in five, two-hour workshops, culminating in a concert of traditional and contemporary gospel and holiday music on Dec. 12.

“Our weekly sessions are upbeat, fun and very user-friendly,” Clemmons said in a news release. “No one needs to know how to read music. All songs are taught by ear and everyone is given a practice CD. It’s amazing how much the choir learns and how confident they become in five short weeks, particularly when many have never sung gospel before.”

The training sessions will be Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 14, and 28, and Dec. 5 from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Assumption Church in Ansonia.

To register or for more information, contact Clemmons at 203-619-1415 or shorelinesoul@comcast.net. Although the workshop is primarily for adults, youth who are able to follow a lyric sheet are welcome to participate.

Griffin’s Annual Holiday Concert is sponsored by the President’s Fund at Griffin Hospital as a thank you to Griffin’s sponsors and the community, and as a celebration of Griffin’s family of employees, medical staff, volunteers, corporators, and trustees for their dedication, compassion and expertise.

Donations for TEAM, Inc. will also be accepted at the concert.

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