Newsletter 5 for Music Makes Me Happy
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Dear Music Makes Me Happy Friends and Supporters!

We've got lots of great news to share with you, as we’ve recently embarked upon our fourth season!

Read on to learn about:

Our Amazing New Video

Exciting Upcoming Performances

Welcome to New Singers, Volunteer, and Financial/Accounting Consultant

Savers Fundraiser

Singer Spotlight: Mary
If this video doesn't make you fall in love with the Music Makes Me Happy Chorus, I'm not sure what will! Please watch and share!

Thanks to MDB Productions for this beautiful representation!

On Stage: Music Makes Me Happy Chorus

Saturday, November 3: (Sadly, we had to cancel our participation in this event when it was rescheduled due to weather. Thought we'd share about it, anyway!)
Music Makes Me Happy Chorus will be performing at the Best Buddies Friendship Walk in Charlestown. If you’re there, look and listen for us during the registration period, before the walk begins! Thanks to chorus member Blythe (who has worked for Best Buddies for many years) for connecting us to this fun event.

Friday, December 7: We have been invited to be the guest vocal group at this year's Annual Caroling Night at Northeastern Correctional Center (known locally as "the prison farm") in Concord, MA. This is the only such program at any of the MA Dept. of Corrections facilities. If you would like to celebrate the joy of the holiday season with us and other community members as we join incarcerated men and prison staff, you can register by phone or online. See for details about how to register.

December 18:
Join us at our annual holiday concert, where we’ll be “Singing and Dreaming of Peace”.
7 pm at the Cotting School auditorium, with a festive reception afterwards, of course!

Recent additions to our chorus family include Christian Rojas (not pictured), David Gaita (volunteer member) and Daemon Tendler (David and Daemon pictured below). We are delighted to have these singers and friends joining us every Tuesday!

Additionally, we are thrilled to welcome Elaine Dreher as our new financial/accounting consultant. She responded to our request for a volunteer, and has been generously offering her professional skills to assist us with bookkeeping, tax reporting, and payroll. She is the President and CEO at Glory Consulting, LLC, lives with her family in Concord, MA, and is a truly kind and wonderful person!

Savers Fundraiser

Local friends: Did you know we are hosting a fundraiser right now, through Savers? Any soft goods donations you contribute (clothing, shoes, linens, accessories) will help raise funds for us! Feel free to drop them off with us at our next 2 Tuesday night rehearsals (11/6, 11/13) in Lexington, or arrange to give them to any chorus member to bring. Thanks in advance!!

Contact Kathryn or Sharyn Newell with any questions:

Amazon Smile

Do you shop on Amazon? Do you want to help our chorus out while doing your shopping? Please consider shopping via Amazon Smile (! It’s easy to select “Music Makes Me Happy Chorus” as your organization to support, and .5% of the purchase price of your item(s) will be donated to us, at no extra cost to you! It all adds up folks, and we appreciate every penny!

Singer Spotlight: Mary Blauvelt
When asked how old she is, Mary Blauvelt says (with a little laugh) “16 going on 17” and then adds, “I wish I was young again.” She was born in Medford and grew up in Somerville where she went to a special school. Her mother taught her many things, and Mary loved her very much. Mary had a father who also taught her many things. Mary was the oldest of three daughters; her younger sisters were Jean (now deceased) and Kathy who lives in Connecticut.

“Some of the things my mother taught me:
- how to walk – I had trouble walking. My mother put foam cookies in my shoes and helped me walk.
- how to sing and dance
- how to talk to people and be nice to people -- to say: Thank you, Please, Excuse me...
- that Christmas is the Lord’s birthday
- that it doesn’t matter how big a present is, but it’s the thought that counts
- that if I want something, I have to go out and get it. She told me, ‘Don’t wait to have it handed to you on a silver platter.’
-My mother taught me that I have a gift of love, a kind heart.” (
All of us who know Mary can certainly testify to that.)

Mary loves singing. She remembers singing in church when she was growing up. She joined Minute Man Arc Chorus eight years ago and has had lead parts in their annual musicals; to name several: Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun”, Lola in “Damn Yankees”, Marian the librarian in “The Music Man”. She is still a valued member and a leader of that chorus.

She has been a member of Music Makes Me Happy Chorus since its founding in the fall of 2015. When asked what she likes about being in the MMMH Chorus, she said she likes the singing, the songs (she started singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”), our concerts, the friends she has made – mentioning several by name and singing our song “We’ll Walk with You” that says we are friends with people no matter how they are different from us. She said, “It gives me something to do and lets me make people happy. I like singing at the nursing homes and children’s hospitals.”

When asked if she had a message for people reading our chorus newsletter, Mary responded: “I want people to know that even though you have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t sing. People have disabilities, but we blend in. If someone makes a mistake, no one hears it.”

Visitors at our rehearsal on Tuesday, October 30th:
Gary Christensen, our pianist Kathryn Lieppman's father
Linda Brown, mother of chorus member Blythe
Dora Chung, beloved volunteer member who moved to Texas a couple of years ago
Thank you for supporting the Music Makes Me Happy Chorus!

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