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CHOIR PHOTO by John Russell I The NMC Children’s Choir f you have not experienced an evening with this wonderful choir then you have missed out on something magical. Our commu-nity is blessed to have Jeffrey Cobb as Music Director at NMC. The six-ensemble choir per-forms many times during the year in our area and this year, Cantus, the top ensemble, even sang in Carnegie Hall. A mom and daughter, Joy Elenbaas and her daughter Hannah, would like to share their story and it is a journey that inspires the best in us. Joy has written so beauti-fully about her experience below: The NMC Children’s Choir has added joy to not only Hannah’s young life, but to our entire family. Life is busy with growing chil-dren. The choices of activities to take part in are endless. How does one narrow down the desires of their young athletes and musicians? We had heard of the Children’s Choir from friends who had children in the choir and really enjoyed it. Hannah tried out the summer before the 6th grade and jumped enthusiastically into the Ragazzo ensemble. Hannah and her mom Joy HOMEMAKING WITH FLO know how much this has meant to her. I would have to say this has been life-changing for Hannah and many members of the choir. They perform music from around the world and this has expanded their lives in many ways. Hannah treasures the friendships she has made. She feels so blessed to be part of a magical experience. Try-outs are June 7th and 9th at 6 P.M. If interested, call 231-995-1700. The choir con-sists of kindergarten through ninth Grade. The ninth graders are so very sad to leave the group at the end of their time. Hannah mentioned that she is going to enjoy every minute she has for the next few years with this amazing group. Thank you, Joy and Hannah, for showing us how a family can be affected by someone’s good works. Thank you, Jeffrey Cobb, for your spirited and talented way of teaching our young people, through music, about life. Expand your lives my dear readers! This won-derful choir performs in our area all year long. They performed with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra this past year at Christmas. Fondly with Hugs, Flo Flo enjoys raising rescue dogs, kayaking, yoga, cooking, gardening, home improvement projects, and living life to the fullest. Contact her at goppie32@gmail.com. We now wish we had joined a few years earlier. Hannah is in her second year of choir this year, in the Cantus ensemble, and recently had the amazing opportunity to travel with the choir to New York City and sing in Carnegie Hall. I was blessed to be able to go as a chap-erone and could not be more proud of these young people. They were not only brilliant as a choir, but truly enjoyed and respected each other while having a big city experience. They explored New York City, visited Times Square and the Statue of Liberty, saw Aladdin on Broadway. They even got to work with a cast member of Aladdin in a workshop. It was an experience they will never forget. Hannah has flourished during her time in choir. I am moved to tears every time this choir takes the stage and I watch my daughter and her fellow singers sing straight from their hearts. This choir experience has ministered to Hannah’s soul. She may have a not-so-great day and will immediately become energized by choir practice. As a mom, I could not ask for a better creative outlet for my daughter. I have known Hannah for years. She has always been a lovely young lady. Her choir experience has brought on a confidence and radiance that is, may I say in a Flo way, “Breathtaking and Marvelous.” Hannah had been singing her entire life, but this has been the venue that has brought out the best in her in every way. I thought I would have to drag out information about the choir from her. She was so enthusiastic and wanted everyone to FLO’S RULES FOR YEAR-ROUND LIVING RULE #17 Expand your Horizons – experience something new this year! photo by Windbourne 16 • Families First Monthly • June/July 2016

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THE NMC CHILDREN’S CHOIR

If you have not experienced an evening with this wonderful choir then you have missed out on something magical. Our community is blessed to have Jeffrey Cobb as Music Director at NMC. The six-ensemble choir performs many times during the year in our area and this year, Cantus, the top ensemble, even sang in Carnegie Hall. A mom and daughter, Joy Elenbaas and her daughter Hannah, would like to share their story and it is a journey that inspires the best in us. Joy has written so beautifully about her experience below:

The NMC Children’s Choir has added joy to not only Hannah’s young life, but to our entire family. Life is busy with growing children. The choices of activities to take part in are endless. How does one narrow down the desires of their young athletes and musicians? We had heard of the Children’s Choir from friends who had children in the choir and really enjoyed it. Hannah tried out the summer before the 6th grade and jumped enthusiastically into the Ragazzo ensemble.

We now wish we had joined a few years earlier. Hannah is in her second year of choir this year, in the Cantus ensemble, and recently had the amazing opportunity to travel with the choir to New York City and sing in Carnegie Hall. I was blessed to be able to go as a chaperone and could not be more proud of these young people. They were not only brilliant as a choir, but truly enjoyed and respected each other while having a big city experience. They explored New York City, visited Times Square and the Statue of Liberty, saw Aladdin on Broadway. They even got to work with a cast member of Aladdin in a workshop. It was an experience they will never forget.

Hannah has flourished during her time in choir. I am moved to tears every time this choir takes the stage and I watch my daughter and her fellow singers sing straight from their hearts. This choir experience has ministered to Hannah’s soul. She may have a not-so-great day and will immediately become energized by choir practice. As a mom, I could not ask for a better creative outlet for my daughter.

I have known Hannah for years. She has always been a lovely young lady. Her choir experience has brought on a confidence and radiance that is, may I say in a Flo way, “Breathtaking and Marvelous.” Hannah had been singing her entire life, but this has been the venue that has brought out the best in her in every way. I thought I would have to drag out information about the choir from her. She was so enthusiastic and wanted everyone to Know how much this has meant to her. I would have to say this has been life-changing for Hannah and many members of the choir. They perform music from around the world and this has expanded their lives in many ways. Hannah treasures the friendships she has made. She feels so blessed to be part of a magical experience.

Try-outs are June 7th and 9th at 6 P.M. If interested, call 231-995-1700. The choir consists of kindergarten through ninth Grade. The ninth graders are so very sad to leave the group at the end of their time. Hannah mentioned that she is going to enjoy every minute she has for the next few years with this amazing group.

Thank you, Joy and Hannah, for showing us how a family can be affected by someone’s good works. Thank you, Jeffrey Cobb, for your spirited and talented way of teaching our young people, through music, about life.

Expand your lives my dear readers! This wonderful choir performs in our area all year long. They performed with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra this past year at Christmas.

Flo enjoys raising rescue dogs, kayaking, yoga, cooking, gardening, home improvement projects, and living life to the fullest. Contact her at goppie32@gmail.com.

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