Holiday Wishes: Singing group culled from museum staffWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of museum staff calling themselves the Toledo Museum of Art Choraliers brought their voices together for the first time during the studio recording session for the “Holiday Wishes” CD.
Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller, who compiled the CD to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation, said he wanted the museum to be represented on the project and asked Program Coordinator Judy Weinberg for help in assembling a contribution.
With six different schedules, the group had rehearsed in threes and fours until coming together to record “Frosty the Snowman” for the benefit CD.
“We didn’t know how we sounded together until we came together at the studio,” said corporate development officer Connie Karcher. “That was the first time all of us were together. Luckily, we said, ‘Hey, this is going to sound OK.’”
The Choraliers consisted of five vocalists — Karcher; Weinberg; Glass Pavilion technician Heather Hughes-Meek; Kathy Miller, development officer for major gifts; and Audrey Berning-Matell, professional services team coordinator — accompanied by Matt Pohlad of the facilities department on piano.
The group wanted its contribution to be a fun winter song that everyone knows. Several of their choices had already been picked by another artist, but they were excited to claim “Frosty the Snowman.”
“It’s fun and feel-good,” Karcher said of the song choice. “Who doesn’t want to feel good?”
Kathy Miller said the group just focused on having a good time.
“We just wanted to have fun with the song and make it come out in our singing,” she said.
Karcher said the museum staff members were happy to be asked to donate a track.
“It was wonderful way to recognize Toledo Museum of Art’s involvement in the community,” Karcher said. “TMA has always been about giving back to the community.”
Weinberg said no one in the group is a trained singer, but they have a lot of heart.
“I think what we brought to the song was an enthusiasm for singing together and for wanting to do the best because we believed in this project,” Weinberg said. “I think our voices blended well together. We just focused on having fun with the song.”