'OK Chorale' focuses on fun, not skill

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by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 10:56 PM

SEATTLE -- Many TV viewers are captivated by NBC's "The Voice," a reality singing competition where performers are judged solely on their singing voices.  But there's one Seattle choir that doesn't even care about that.

"The OK Chorale," which was started in 1992 by Elena Louise Richmond, is a quarterly choir run through the ASUW Experimental College.  And for many members, the best feature is that no auditions are required.  Anyone can join.

"Everyone should try singing, and I think that gets squelched," Richmond said.  "It's about hearing and feeling your voice resonating in your body."

One particular blurb in the class description appealed to Gail Loring, who joined ten years ago: "Even though your Kindergarten teacher told you to mouth the words, this choir's for you."

The OK Chorale will hold an informal concert on Friday, May 27 at Broadview Community United Church of Christ.  For more information, visit the group's website: http://www.okchoraleseattle.com/.

Click on the video above to hear the OK Chorale during a recent rehearsal, which took place at one member's house.  (Most rehearsals are held at a church -- with much better acoustics.)

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