The Department of Music has collaborated with the School of Social Work to develop RVA Street Singers, a community choir for people affected by homelessness.
Brian Donovan, a rising senior majoring in music with a vocal concentration who has volunteered with various groups in the past — including children with chronic illnesses and mental disabilities — jumped at the opportunity to take the class.
“When I heard about this opportunity, I [thought] this would be a great thing, to not only get to volunteer, but also work towards my degree at the same time,” he said. “I work full time as well as go to school, so I don’t have a lot of time to volunteer like I used to.”
Through the weekly cycle of choir practices alongside homeless individuals and community members, class activities and reflections, VCU students acquire a deeper understanding of the issues faced by individuals experiencing homelessness while at the same time building relationships that create a sense of community and accomplishment through music and song.
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Image: RVA Street Singers is a community choir for people affected by homelessness that celebrates the joy of singing, seeking to build community through song. Here the choir is conducted by Rebecca Tyree, assistant professor of choral music education in the VCUarts Department of Music. (Photo by Leila Ugincius, University Public Affairs). Credit via VCUNews.