We invite you to join us in song…and bring a friend — or two!
Bridging Voices is a place for EveryONE,
LGBTQ – lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer identified, straight allies, etc…,
13 to 22 years old, to make music and inspire community
Bridging Voices is a NON-AUDITION chorus – meaning everyone can participate. It serves the greater Portland area, with students coming together from more than 20 different schools as far away as Vancouver, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Canby.
When: We meet most Sundays at 5:00pm, at Waverly Heights UCC, 3300 SE Woodward Street in Portland (get directions here). We are not a church choir, or even affiliated with a church, but Waverly is a Welcoming Congregation—their members and leadership were first in line to champion the creation of this chorus, and their former Music Director, Colin Frey, was our founding Artistic Director. They continue to be incredibly generous to our young organization, and we are grateful for their continued support.
Things to look forward to at rehearsal:
– Food! 5:00–5:30, light meal (usually pizza)
– Music! 5:30–8:00, warm-ups and singing
– Friends! Our members are queer and allied youth from more than eighteen different schools throughout the Portland metro area. Odds are pretty good that you’ll meet new friends.
Don’t sing? Betcha can 🙂 In Bridging Voices, everybody contributes their voice. As one of our members explained, “Even if you don’t know music that well, if you’ve never sung – whether by yourself or in a group – [at Bridging Voices] not only do you get to explore your queer side, but your musical side, as well. When you sing with others, you get to blend your voices together and create a harmony that you can’t do on your own.”
If you have other interests, there are opportunities to utilize them: set design, costume-making, choreography, make-up, playing a musical instrument, or providing support for performances like designing the concert programs or preparing our performance space.
If you’re interested in joining us, do one of the following:
1. Send a quick email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Message us on our Facebook page
3. Fill out the new member survey: https://goo.gl/forms/ngXPBGC3RT8LUux73
Remember: Our next season starts right after Labor Day.
Thank you so much for your interest! We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Hi! I’m Erik Gullickson. I’m the Artistic Director at Bridging Voices.
Yeah, that’s me in the pic!
I am confident that if you come and check out what we’re doing with Bridging Voices, you will want to be a part of this amazing group. The youth are the core of this organization, and we have kicked off this fourth season as we always do, together! Yes, things move fast, but with new singers come new friendships, many of which will sustain us through High School and on into the rest of our lives. I’ve seen it, it’s REAL! We can do it!
And we WILL do it, because our unique mix of performance, community, youth, and involvement is inspiring! Kids love it, adults get it, and folks are lining up to help us succeed. With performance opportunities throughout the year—most all with chances for SOLOS, instrumental features, design, costumes, choreography, maybe writing dialogue? These are the things we want to find in you and help to develop. And yet, there’s more! Outreach performances at local charities and businesses, social outings like karaoke at Voicebox, rollerskating, potlucks, cast parties, movie nights—and maybe a new idea, from you?
So come and find out what we’re all so excited about! This group wouldn’t exist without YOU, and it’s so important to me that YOU have a voice. YOU are BRIDGING VOICES, and I’m so crazy excited about what we can do! Maybe that’s why I use so many exclamation points!!! (!!!!)