Resounding Remarks

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The Cost of Light

The Cost of Light

by Kristina Nakagawa, Artistic Director, Resounding Achord

I attended a stewardship dinner this past weekend for another organization that I am a part of, and I heard a fantastic story about a grandfather and his grand-daughters at Christmas. Here is a truncated version for you:

The grandfather asked the girls what they would like for their gift, and after much discussion they decided upon a globe, because they had been studying geography in school and they really enjoyed the globe in their classroom. So, grandpa went shopping, found a really nice globe, and had it wrapped all fancy for the holiday.When the girls opened the gift on Christmas morning, they were visibly underwhelmed. Later that day, the grandfather asked the girls what was wrong with the gift. They hesitantly told him that while the globe they got was very nice and they were grateful for it, the one at their school was much cooler. “It plugs into the wall and lights up and it’s just so amazing!”

Grandfather decided to remedy the situation the next day, braving the after-Christmas crowds and going to multiple stores to find the globe of their dreams. He found one that fit the bill, once again had it expertly wrapped, and delivered it to his grand-daughters. They opened it, and immediately took him into their parents’ walk-in-closet, which had an electrical outlet, and could be made dark enough to really enjoy the globe.

So, what did the grandfather learn that day? A lighted world costs more.

If you want a world that is dark, unhappy, lonely, unwelcoming, and prejudiced, all it takes is neglect. A world of light, happiness, family, acceptance, and love costs more. That doesn’t necessarily mean money, but it does take care.

Resounding Achord’s outreach program for High School Honor Choir Scholarships is the perfect example of this. We are trying to spread light throughout our community by supporting students who wouldn’t normally be able to afford the enlightening experience of singing with an Honor Choir. I hope you will support us by attending our Musicale Fundraiser this Saturday, October 7, at 8 PM. Tickets are still available!

If you are unable to attend this fun event, please consider making a direct tax-deductible donation to help us support these deserving students.

Why Honor Choirs?

Why Honor Choirs?

By Kristina Nakagawa, Artistic Director, Resounding Achord 

Resounding Achord received a lovely shout-out in the recent Fall 2017 edition of The California Choral Director’s Association Cantate Magazine. Molly Peters, CCDA Honor Choir Chair, wrote a fantastic article, “The How–and Why–of Honor Choirs.” Ms. Peters said, “We are happy to offer scholarships for a select number of students participating…thanks to a generous donation from Resounding Achord, directed by Kristina Nakagawa.” Thanks for the recognition, Molly!

Reading deeper into the article, there are some wonderful quotes from teachers from all over California about the benefits of the honor choir experience, not only for the participants, but also for the rest of the singers in their choirs. Educators mentioned the following specific benefits:

  • Working on an art song at the start of the year helps to found a healthy unison sound.
  • “I get to know their voices better.”
  • The students have such a great experience, and they come back and tell the other kids about it.
  • “Honor choir is a place where our students get a chance to use all of the stuff we teach in our classroom, and they can finally realize that it doesn’t have anything to do with us (their teacher), it’s about music.”

These benefits, along with many others, are why we at Resounding Achord are so passionate about our Honor Choir Scholarships. We love helping students to be their best and experience the best in the incredible unique setting of an honor choir.

If you’d like to help us in this endeavor, you can always donate directly – paypal.me/resoundingachord

OR, you can attend our upcoming Musicale Fundraiser!

Supporting the Decision Makers of the Future

Supporting the Decision Makers of the Future

By Kristina Nakagawa, Artistic Director, Resounding Achord 

An article (Trained Musicians Make Better Decisions” by Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard) was sent to me by a Resounding Achord alum, and it couldn’t be more perfect for this week. Here at Resounding Achord Productions, we are gearing up for our first-ever fundraiser on October 7. All funds raised from this variety-show-style evening will go directly to our high school regional and all-state honor choir scholarship outreach programs. The event will include performances from past scholarship recipients, along with current singers and friends of Resounding Achord. For more information, visit us here: A Musicale Fundraiser.

Many parents and teachers are well aware of the benefits of music training for children. This study from a team at the University of Texas-Austin suggests that families might consider holding off on music training until later in childhood, due to the development process of the brain’s prefrontal cortex. The study also theorizes that “The music classes offered during many children’s elementary and high-school education in America may result in improved decision-making ability as an adult.”

Personally, I believe that children and students of all ages should be exposed to and experience music firsthand. They should play in music, they should listen to music, they should live in music. As a parent, I resonate with the suggestion to not start more technical or “serious” musical training until the child is ready, or even until they ask for it! Anyone who was ever forced to practice their musical skills when they were young would likely tell you the same. However, these same people will also tell you the regret they feel that they didn’t continue with their music practice. Perhaps by waiting for instruction until age 8 or later, we can keep and preserve the joy of music throughout our lives?

The good news: many of the students in our musical outreach programs are just starting their journeys as musicians. I can only hope that by supporting them through our scholarship outreach program that we are helping to create the most advanced critical thinkers and problem solvers of the future. We are surely going to need their help.