Help One City Chorus start up!
The Tampa Bay Florida area has a new community institution - the One City Chorus! The underlying philosophy of the chorus is that singing in a group builds community and leads to better understanding among people – that in the process of singing together, people form friendships with people of differing races, cultures and creeds that they might not otherwise come to know, and that these friendships change the world. That’s why the chorus has no auditions. It welcomes everyone - experienced and inexperienced singers alike. Since its first rehearsal at the Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum in St. Petersburg in October 2016, the chorus has grown to a group of over 90 enthusiastic members.
The One City Chorus humbly asks for your contributions for helping us get our fledgling organization off the ground financially. We have a wide range of expenses including purchasing music; buying promotional materials such as postcards, fliers and banners; getting our rehearsal piano tuned; designing our website; paying our accompanist and of course managing the numerous costs of producing public performances. We are extremely grateful for all contributions great and small. We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible. Donors of $100 or more shall be designated as our “Founding Angels” and will be listed in our concert programs as such in perpetuity.
The chorus’ repertoire features songs with themes of social justice, civil rights, diversity and equality - songs such as “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around”, “Hard Times Come Again No More”, “Imagine”, “Peace Salaam Shalom”, “Woke Up This Mornin’ with my Mind Stayed on Freedom”, “Turn this World Around”, “Freedom is Coming “, “We Shall Not Be Moved”, “Pride (In the Name of Love)” and “Gonna Take Us All” - a powerful song that sums up the mission of the One City Chorus: “Gonna take us all to make a change, take us all to win the peace. We need the Buddhists and the Baptists, the Quakers and the Catholics too, the atheists and the agnostics, Muslims and Jews. We need people of all nations, all colors and all creeds to put an end to war and put an end to greed. We need the immigrants and the unions, the greens and the gays, seniors and soccer Moms for a world that is humane. Gonna take us all to make a change. Gonna take us all.”
The group is led by Jon Arterton who holds a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and an MFA in Acting from Smith College. He was the founder and musical arranger of The Flirtations, the a cappella singing group seen in the film Philadelphia and on HBO, Good Morning America and MTV. In 2002 he founded and conducted the 150-voice Outer Cape Chorale, a community chorus based in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Since moving to the Tampa Bay area January, 2016 he has also begun conducting Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota and rehearsing the 200-voice chorus for the Florida Orchestra’s performance of “Sing Out Tampa Bay.”
ONE CITY CHORUS, INC. IS A PRIVATE NON-PROFIT CORPORATION CHARTERED BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND DESIGNATED AS A PUBLICLY SUPPORTED ORGANIZATION AS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 501(C)(3), 590(A)(1) AND 170(B)(1)(A) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE, WITH TAX ID NUMBER81-5008143. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT OF THE LAW. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING 1.800.435.7352. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
GoFundMe requires a link to a personal Facebook page to create a fundraising campaign. That's why James Mack's name appears on the campaign. James is the husband and technical advisor of Jon Arterton, the founder and Musical Director of the One City Chorus.
Hope to see you at the Carter G. Woodson this Sunday, and the Palladium on March 22nd...Come be part of the revolution!