Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Choir Welcomes Singers of All Abilities

This is the feel-good story of the day from the Chicago Tribune.

A slight boy with glasses, Chris Choe walked to the front of the choir room and raised his hand to signal for attention. The 16-year-old junior needed silence and support to rehearse the lines he would repeat in a week before an auditorium packed with students at New Trier Township High School.
For him, it wasn't just about nerves.
Choe has Noonan syndrome, a genetic disorder that can complicate speech and vocal articulation, among other symptoms. Introducing himself in a loud, clear voice to hundreds of his peers would be a challenge, but Choe knew he could rely for support on the High Five Choir, where students with special needs perform alongside general music students.

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