The Tapestry Singers, a community choir that has been around approximately 20 years, will be having their auditions for the public to join their group, this Wednesday, January 9 from 7 pm until 9 pm at Kalles Junior High School’s orchestra room located at 501 7th Ave SE Puyallup, WA. The Tapestry Singers perform at a food bank benefit show on April 7, at the show the guest choirs and guest groups perform. Jean Kampen, president of the Tapestry Singers Board, explained more about the food bank benefit: “Each group will have 10 to 15 minutes to perform. It’s a little more variety and we have really good crowds. This strictly benefits the Puyallup Fish Food Bank. We accept food and money at that show. In spring time, we have a spring show in May. We have three concerts a year: Christmas, food bank benefit show, and our spring show.”
The Tapestry Singers is free to join. They rehearse from 7 pm to 9 pm every Wednesday at Kalles Junior High School. Males and females are welcome. The Tapestry Singers sing from September to May and take the summer off.
In addition to the yearly three concerts, the Tapestry Singers also sing for Veteran’s and Memorial Day and every November at the University Place Presbyterian church sponsored by Good Samaritan and Multi-Care for those that are dealing with grief over the holidays. Jean commented: “We bring our programs to senior centers and retirement homes, for example, the Tacoma Lutheran Home and Merrill Gardens in Puyallup. Basically, whoever wants us to sing and we can, we will.”
Maynard Hedegaard, director for the Tapestry Singers Board, provided further details on the spring concert, “Our theme for the spring concert is “Movies and memories” and all songs we will be singing will be from musicals and movies for example, “Oh, what a beautiful morning,” by Richard Rodgers lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, “The Surrey with the fringe on top” by Richard Rodgers lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, “People will say we’re in love” from the “Oklahoma” musical, and some pieces by George Gershwin from the opera “Porgy and Bess”, the songs: “Summertime,” and “I got plenty o’nuttin’” a piece from Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sunrise, Sunset” from the play “Fiddler on the Roof” “Climb every mountain” from the “Sound of Music”, “Bridge over troubled water” by Paul Simon, and “Some enchanted evening” by the musical movie “South Pacific.”
Jean commented on what she thought of the Tapestry Singers: “They are like another family for people because we’re not such a large enough group that we’re a face in the crowd. We care about each other and we’re friends and family with each other. We don’t belong because we want to be in a group, but because we sing and enjoy the community and don’t care about making a CD or tours.”
Jean discussed the best thing about the Tapestry Singers, “I really like the music that Maynard picks out, it’s very thoughtful and he’s very knowledgeable at it. He picks out things very deliberately. I love to sing with the group and enjoy our rehearsals; we can laugh with each other.
For awhile, we did offer scholarships to children at Emerald Ridge High School and we haven’t been able to the last few years because of our funding, which has taken a hit, but we hope to resume that.”
For more information about the Tapestry Singers, please call: Jean Kampen at: 253 307-0257 or visit: ValleyArtsUnited.org.
“We are a community choir that wants to serve and give back to the community in the form of musical concerts. We certainly would welcome anyone that has some musical experience to come and join our group,” Maynard concluded.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com