Spirit's Call Choir perform on Radio Noon December 9 (Ian Irvine)
Manitobans gave more than $40,000 during Information Radio this morning, as part of CBC's Harvesting Hope. Special events continue all day today, so keep tuned in to Radio Noon and Up to Speed .
Spirit's Call Choir will be the special guests on Radio Noon. The choir is unique in that it welcomes everyone into its ranks.
SCENE asked some choir members to share stories of the gift that changed their life.
Nine years ago Margaret Tobin was being interviewed on CBC talking about a group of people who thought they couldn't sing forming a choir. Shortly after the interview I joined this group with my timid voice, full of fear that someone might hear me squeak out of tune. That interview was a gift as it gave me the courage to seek out my dream to be in a choir. The significance though is that over time, singing in the choir gave me voice in all places of my life as well as develop my singing voice. No longer do I sit feeling less than, keeping my ideas or my opinions to myself when in the company of others engaging in conversation. Singing with others is a gift that keeps on sharing.
I lived on Langside when I was young. My sister and I began working when we were 15 years old and did not finish our education. When I was 24 I decided to try to go to the University of Manitoba as a mature student. If you passed your first year with a C average they would let you continue. Otherwise you were out. I was failing miserable because I never really learned how to study and some of the vocabulary and context was over my head.
However, in class I met a wonderful woman called Lorelei Jorheim who changed my life.
She herself was a straight-A student. She said she would study with me every day until I understood the meaning of what I was reading. Then she taught me how to go over and over the material until I knew it well and could summarize all of it.
With her patience and persistence I received my B.A. with an A- average. This gift changed my life. I became a teacher in the public school system so that I could share the gift she gave me with others.
I was 10 when I received a set of three books that were that start of David Eddings' Belgariad series. My aunt and uncle gave them to me and I remember reading the first book into the wee hours of the night. I practically devoured all three books in rapid succession. From then on, I became an avid reader and still am to this day, reading two or three books a week sometimes.
Gifts come in small packages. The twins are the best present their grandpa and I ever received (next to our two sons of course). They are "attached" to another gift I got a few years ago as a freelance writer. It had been suggested that I check out a choir that was formed for people who believed they could not sing as I was to write a wellness article about the joy and healing power of folks singing in the community. I ended up joining Spirit's Call Choir and each week we are asked to sing with intention for someone or a cause dear to our hearts. Every week I dedicate my singing (a work in progress) to my twin grand babies, Keira and Declan, as part of the choir's mandate to make the world a better place through song via personal, local and global harmony. Those who found their voice thanks to this choir now share their gift of song by performing two benefit concerts a year with proceeds donated to charities. The babies and Spirit's Call Choir are gifts that fill my heart with song.
Tune in to Radio Noon for Spirit's Call Choir. Then on Sunday, December 11th, the choir performs at Pantages Playhouse at 3:00 p.m.
This afternoon, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. tune in Up to Speed for some heartwarming stories and performances by James Struthers, Jaylene Johnson and Errol Ranville.
Pictured above: Margaret Tobin, director (Ian Irvine); twins (Heather Emberley); the choir yucking it up (Ian Irvine)