Inclusive Community Choir Forming in Western MA for Dan Zanes Concert

Valle Dwight of Hadley, MA writes:

Whole Children is forming inclusive chorus to perform in concert with Dan Zanes!

Whole Children, an afterschool center for children with special needs in Hadley, MA, announced its first-ever Inclusive Community Choir, a chorus made up of children with and without disabilities. The chorus, supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, will rehearse throughout the winter in preparation for a concert with Grammy-award winning children’s musician Dan Zanes on Mother’s Day in Northampton, MA.  The ticket sales from this concert will be a fund-raiser for Whole Children.

The center is looking for children, ages 8 and up, interested in joining the choir. Rehearsals will be Monday evenings from 5-6:15 p.m. in Hadley, starting in February. Cost of participation is $65 to offset the cost of a choral director and assistants, with a special rate for siblings.

Guardians of interested chorus members should call Whole Children at 413-585-8010, or register online at


Located on River Drive in Hadley, MA, Whole Children offers recreation and enrichment programs for children of all abilities where special needs children can be accomodated and challenged physically, intellectually, and creatively through a variety of classes. Classes include Yoga, Dance, Martial Arts, Music, Social Skills, and other creative and alternative approaches to development. Available at Whole Children is a resource library, an educational and adaptive toy-lending program, and a meeting place for the special needs community. Whole Children represents a group of parents who have learned that, given the opportunity, our children can far surpass even our own expectations, and the more doors which are open to them, the more they may discover the worlds that await their success.



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4 Comments on “Inclusive Community Choir Forming in Western MA for Dan Zanes Concert

  1. Thank you all for your support! The chorus is rehearsing now (about 50 kids) — they’re awesome! We’re hoping to start ticket sales in late March or definitely by April 1.
    The concert will be May 9, 3 p.m., at First Churches in Northampton — mark your calendar!

  2. When do tickets go on sale, this is wonderful. I can’t wait to see the chorus with Dan Zanes!

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