What is StoryChorus?
StoryChorus is a community storytelling project designed to showcase a very personal history of the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra as it celebrates its first 50 years and turns the corner toward the next 50. StoryChorus will present written work, video, audio, photographs, artwork, humor, and more contributed by members of the BCCO community.
Why have we created StoryChorus?
We thought about making a film — but who decides which voices will be heard, whose perspectives will be included? With such a rich history, and so many fascinating people involved, we decided to create a project true to BCCO’s mission — one in which all are invited to participate. No auditions.
Who can participate in StoryChorus?
Anyone who has a story to tell. Chorus members past and present, orchestra members, music staff, audience members, soloists, and others who have crossed our paths over the decades — all are welcome. Everyone’s story is a valuable piece of the history of this extraordinary organization.
How can I contribute to StoryChorus?
Bring your talents, whatever they might be!
- Write a brief recollection or a longer story about a particularly meaningful concert, rehearsal, or other BCCO experience
- Post a photo with a brief description — or a complete photo essay or slideshow
- Record a video of yourself or a friend telling a story
- Create a comic strip, sketch a scene from a rehearsal, write a song, or just wish BCCO a happy birthday in your particular style
- Capture a magical moment at a 50th anniversary event on your camera or smartphone and share it with us
- Check out the weekly storytelling “prompts” in Something to Sing About — a question or photo contributed by community members design to nudge our memories and get people talking
- Watch the StoryChorus events calendar for special recording sessions, where you can tell your story on camera or interview someone else with our help
- Share StoryChorus with friends and family through social media
Who should I talk to if I have questions or need help submitting a story?
- Send a message to project staff using the Contact form.
- Watch for instructions and advice in the Tips & Tricks section — we’ll be posting new instructions and tips as we learn what you need.
- If you’re a current chorus member, check out the “Maestro Bar” at rehearsals.
- Project Director Nancy Sue Brink is a soprano; she and others involved in StoryChorus will be available at rehearsal breaks, before most rehearsals, and at other scheduled times to help you make your story shine.
The StoryChorus Advisory Committee includes: Karen Davison, Linda Morris, Christian Fritze, Monica Clark, Kathy Barrows, Pam Miller, Mary Rogier, and Kristin Vorhies.
StoryChorus is an official project of the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra 50th Anniversary celebration.