In 2011 by Lauren Bromley Hodge founded the Community Chorus Project in collaborations with the Department of Music at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “We seek to create positive social impact while creating diverse and inclusive music programming of the highest standard. Our credo is Creating Community One Chorus at a Time, and our goal is to plant lifelong seeds of creativity, fun and artistry in middle and high school age singers.”
CCP's programs, led by 17 staff members, include the Summer Glee Musical Theater Intensive for ages 11-16, Summer Recording Workshop for high school students ages 14-18, and Saturday Glee Club for ages 11-16. Participants receive personalized vocal instruction and opportunities to perform ambitious arrangements of pop songs. CCP also offers an adult PopUp Chorus, an ad hoc chorus for adults that invites all adults to show up and sing.
“Participating in a chorus is a community building activity that enables people to blend their voices with others, increase their confidence and work as a team. Music proves time and time again that it is able to cross cultural boundaries, bridge ethnic divides, and is truly the universal language. And it is fun! The continued erosion of music in our schools, due to lack of funding and focus on the arts, creates a need for community-based music programs for students. We work to create opportunities for people to sing together, regardless of income, background or experience to create community and to revel in music.”