Birds of a Feather Sing Together
The Heritage Ranch Chorale began in 2005 with less than 25 members, today there are 75 members of like-minded individuals who love to sing. Nancy Busby is the president of the chorale and has lived in Heritage Ranch for 15 years. She said she joined the chorale in 2010 after she retired. She said, “I always loved this group but wasn’t able to go to practices when I worked full time. I finally had the time and I got here as quick as I could.” Mary Holley is the publicity lead for the chorale and has also lived in Heritage Ranch for 15 years. She joined the group in 2005. She doesn’t read music, but loves to sing. The group is comprised of a wide variety of musical skill levels. The average age of the members is 70 years old. Busby said that people who love music and have a need for connection will enjoy being in the chorale. Busby and Holley said that Jesse Young as the director of the chorale is “A gift from heaven.” Young was an instructor and professional choir director at the high school and college level.
On Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m., the chorale will present “A Family Christmas”. Attendees will enjoy a variety of music featured in four different parts of a narrated musical program: Christian holiday of Christmas, Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and Carols of Christmas which is the sing-along portion of the performance. This is a free performance which the chorale invites everyone to attend.
In addition to the Christmas program, the chorale will be busy spreading holiday cheer in Heritage Ranch and beyond. They carol to homebound residents within Heritage Ranch and at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the metroplex. Busby said, “The sweetest thing we’ve ever done is sing to people on hospice at home.” She recalls singing to a Marine who came outside with the aid of his walker, accompanied by his wife, to hear the carols. Busby said it was a dark and cold Sunday night, he and the chorale members were crying. He said he was crying because the music was so beautiful. He died a week later. Busby said, “It was a privilege to sing for him.”
Busby said that the chorale is like family to her. “The family is there for you when you are going through tough times, like when my husband died. This is a tightly knit group.”
The group practices every Tuesday afternoon. They have productions throughout the year. They perform all types of music: classical, rock & roll, hip hop, opera and tunes from musicals. Sometimes they add choreography to the mix. Many of the chorale members have family who come to see their loved ones perform. As the chorale members beam with pride at their family in the audience, the beam is cast back to the stage as the family members radiate their pride in return.
If you would like to attend the free production of “A Family Christmas,” which will be held in the ballroom at Heritage Ranch (465 Scenic Ranch Cir., Fairview 75069) on Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m., please go to heritageranchfairviewtx.com. Follow prompts to guests, calendars, special events & community calendar then choose ‘Chorale Holiday Concert’. When asked for Club #, type Free.
Photos provided by Heritage Ranch Chorale.