VHWC Welcomes New Director at Summer Fun Rehearsal

Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus (VHWC) will welcome a new musical director at its annual Summer Fun Rehearsal. Ki Park (Montrose) will wield the baton for this special get-together of the 35-member chorus. The chorus, which is known to some people as the “friendliest group in town,” extends an invitation for people to judge for themselves. Any woman who loves to sing, be it in a church choir or group or just lulling a child to sleep at bedtime, knows the feeling of bringing joy and happiness to others through music. If this is you, please join the VHWC on Monday, Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m. at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church. Though not associated with the church, the chorus uses its choir room, piano and music storage area. Refreshments will be served.

Join these fun, energetic and dedicated women. There are no auditions! The only requirements are a love of singing and a willingness to commit to Monday morning rehearsals from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from September through May. The chorus encompasses women from Glendale, La Crescenta, La Cañada, Pasadena, Sunland-Tujunga, Altadena, Los Angeles and beyond. There are no geographic boundaries.

The Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus (VHWC) began over 60 years ago as the PTA Mother Singers and later became a member of the California Women’s Chorus, Inc. (CWC), a non-profit organization currently with over 300 members statewide. CWC goals are simple – promote choral singing among women and raise funds for scholarships to benefit students pursuing a vocal musical career. VHWC has met those challenges every year.

Sharon Schlarb has been conducting the chorus for the past 20 years. Ki Park will assume directing duties at the summer fun rehearsal. Park is a collaborative pianist who has worked with classical singers, instrumentalists and choruses throughout the Los Angeles community. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge. At USC, Park majored in keyboard collaborative arts and at Pasadena City College she studied voice and performed opera scenes and full opera productions on various stages. Currently she accompanies a church choir in Pasadena and works as an accompanist at Glendale Community College for ballet classes, chamber singers and voice training classes. Privately, she has studied voice at Pasadena City College appearing on various stages performing opera scenes and full opera productions. Since childhood, she has had a heart for singing and since completing studies on how to develop appropriate singing techniques she is ready to make great ensembles with different kinds of voices from Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus.

Park has been singing all her life in church choirs and occasionally in community chorus for different events. As VHWC’s director, she wants to help singers bring out their best voices and “make harmony to touch and heal the hearts of themselves and others.” She believes that “singing can heal souls with emotional and physical weakness and sickness.”

“Togetherness and achieving harmony among members in the chorus is the most important priority to make synergy and touch the hearts of each other,” she said.

Park is excited to explore her new journey with VHWC and the singers are looking forward to working with her.

Those interested in joining or just want to check out VHWC are encouraged to come to the summer fun rehearsal on Monday, Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m. at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church. RSVP to Sharon Schlarb at (626) 376-5383. A packet of music will be available for guests and new singers on that day.

Submitted by Arlene MASSIMINO