The Tacoma Refugee Choir Project Sings to Unite

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TACOMA, WA—After witnessing acts of aggression towards refugees and people of color this past year, members of the community were inspired to use music to build bridges. The result is The Tacoma Refugee Choir Project, a diverse community finding joy and hope through the international language of music.

The TRCP will share their vision with the community at their debut performance on March 16th, 2017 at Tacoma Community College.

The TRCP began rehearsals on January 17, 2017, and was formed to offer a safe place for members to find their voice and connect with people of diverse points of view, while also raising awareness of the dire situation facing refugees. Central themes include showing compassion towards those who are suffering and empowering members to be a positive light in their community to help overcome fear, helplessness and hopelessness.

Erin Guinup, founder of the group, states, “Singing is unique because we’re all doing the same thing at the same time… There’s something beautiful about doing it with people who are different from you, and finding out you’re really not that different in the end.”

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A selfie by a participant when two ESL (English as Second Language) groups joined rehearsal.

With help from Tacoma Community House and Tacoma Community College, the choir has reached out to support immigrant and refugee communities. The TRCP will have a free concert in collaboration with Tacoma Community College choirs and encourage the community to attend:

March 16, 2017 @ 7:30pm 
Tacoma Community College (Building 2)

All performances include an audience sing-along segment to further engage audience members into the dialogue about what it means to be community.

For more information and videos visit refugeechoir.org.