Phyllis Kollar, my grandmother, passed away peacefully a few weeks ago. She was an avid supporter and board member of TYC. Between 2002 and 2008, she attended every concert that we ever performed and, with her husband Ferdy, joined the choir on our Europe Tour in 2003.
As a TYC alumni of 10 years, my memories with the chorus have molded my life in many wonderful ways and I owe much of this invaluable experience to the love and guidance of my grandmother, Phyllis, who dedicated her life to really making it happen for me. Her love for the choral arts was profound, and Tacoma Youth Chorus held a very, VERY special place in her heart-
We would like to extend a special invite to all former TYC singers (as many as we can) to gather and join in singing 2-3 pieces of music from the TYC archive at her upcoming memorial service. I know that she would have been delighted beyond belief to hear this wonderful choir that we’ve all grown up with perform one last time, with her and those she loved.
In recognition of the significance of music within her life, we would like to dedicate a major portion of the service itself to sharing a performance of varied music by family members and music groups that she surrounded herself with over the years. For this very reason, an incredible venue has been chosen to share this music and celebrate her life and memory; the service will be held in Tacoma at Christ Episcopal Church on November 10, 2018, at 11am. Many of you are familiar with the cathedral-like setting of this space – it is always a treat to perform in! Alonso Brizuela has graciously agreed to help facilitate the direction of the choir. We are working on choosing a couple of pieces that we have performed in the past and expect to get together in the coming weeks to practice and catch up! Your attendance and a gathering of alumni would mean so much to me, my family, and the many others in attendance who recognize and cherish TYC as well, so please let us know if you are able to be part of this very special event!
IMPORTANT DETAILS (Please RSVP ASAP):
WHO: All Tacoma Youth Chorus alum singers
WHAT: Sing 2-3 selections
WHEN: Saturday, November 10; 11:00 am (plus a rehearsal to be arranged)
WHERE: Christ Episcopal Church — 310 N. K Street, Tacoma
RSVP: Alonso@tacomayouthchorus.org or Message Alonso ASAP