I first discovered Mountain Melody 6 months after we moved to Calaveras and was drawn to it immediately for 3 reasons:
- – love and respect for the gal who introduced me to it, Grace
- – the chorus is not affiliated with any church or religion
- – it’s an all women’s chorus and I was missing being in community with a group of gals
It was everything I hoped it would be and more. It nourished parts of my soul that needed it badly and helped me accomplish a personal goal to get my voice back by singing regularly and learning new material consistently.
In my second season I became pregnant and wow, what a gift! My little girl grew inside the womb surrounded by a beautiful chorus of voices and music. I was also fortunate to be able to sing a solo by one of my all-time favorite artists during that season: Respect by Otis Redding. What a hoot to be fully pregnant and get to sing about that stuff!
My daughter, Cordelia was born on July 16, 2014 conveniently between sessions. The choir has been kind enough to accommodate me bringing her to practice so I can continue breastfeeding and continue singing and affectionately call her “the littlest member.” Cordelia just loves it and as a result has spent her whole life on this planet so far surrounded by music and boasts 20+ extra aunties!
I am forever grateful for the love, support, and friendship being a part of the chorus has provided me. The community of women is just extraordinary- an eclectic variety of talent with such kindness toward each other and our greater community and such passion for music.
Yebuny J., Member since 2013