Hello! My name is Allison Stewart and I am working at Columbus Children’s Choir this summer. I am a second year Masters of Human Resource Management student at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Music and art have been huge parts of my life, so I am very grateful for the opportunity to work in a nonprofit focused on youth, education, and music. I just completed my first week and boy has it been great! My main project is revitalizing an Alumni Association that reconnects alumni and current choir members, but most importantly helps alumni feel connected to the choir and each other. I hope this group fosters a feeling of community and creativity.
As part of my research, I interviewed our founder, Dr. Sandra Mathias. We talked about her memories of the choir when it was the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Children’s Chorus (CSOCC) and how she has continued to spread her love for music and the arts. Many alumni from the chorus are in the Columbus Symphony Chorus or have their own bands. Some even act or work in music administration and education. What really intrigued her was how many alumni transition into musical theater and jazz from the classical foundations of the chorus. The interesting thing about music is how fluid it is; music can bring people together from all backgrounds.
During our conversation we also discussed different ideas for the Alumni Association and who would be interested. This group has to have a particularly vested interest in the choir and its continued impact. Our ideas ranged from small to global because hello, this choir is fabulous! Dr. Mathias felt strongly about giving students opportunities to learn how they can continue to study and work with music. The business person inside me screamed “JOB BOARD, JOB BOARD!” or seminars about futures in music. It would also be great if they could share these opportunities with each other in a forum, blog, or social media outlet like our facebook group! In summary, if not for the contributions of Dr. Mathias and her incredible work, this organization would not be where it is today. My wish is for this Alumni Association to help alumni pay it forward and impact themselves and others. Plato once said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”