When you’ve lost everything, community is all you have left to rebuild with. TRC has become that community for many.
“I thought the choir was about singing, and it is, but it really is about so much more than that. It’s about people coming together and telling their stories, through song and through the relationships we build in the choir. From there, anything becomes possible”- a choir member
What started as a simple choir has become a deeply connected group of people committed to supporting one another and offering a beacon of hope to our community. The impact far extends beyond the concerts and videos that the public sees. Choir members have supported each other through births, weddings, and citizenship to evictions, house fires, deaths, and immigration challenges. We have grieved together as members have shared the impacts of racism or the atrocities of war and disaster and found hope as we bear those burdens together and somehow feel joy amidst sorrow. Another choir member said, “For the first time in my life, I’m not running. I feel safe and at peace. This changes everything for me and now I can do anything.”
Creating spaces for authentic expression, interconnection, and healing through song and music.
Uplifting the power of voices through the arts
As we seek to meet our mission and serve the distinct needs of the communities we serve, we have added additional programming to support our members.
In addition to the Tacoma Refugee Choir, we offer:
A space specifically for younger singers to meet together and be nurtured in musical leadership. This free program initially started online in 2020 will deepen impact with a more intensive program beginning in January 2022. These students will receive private lessons, training, and mentorship from TRC and the University of Puget Sound, the opportunity to record in a recording studio, and performances with a touring guest artist. Applications are available soon.
Our Music Therapy
A program that offers a space to process trauma with a board-certified music therapist. Utilizing therapeutic tools to address a wide range of challenges, we feel fortunate to be able to offer this service to members of the choir and the broader community.
"Tacoma Refugee Choir is a space for everyone, regardless of talent or ability. When we come together, our voices do much more than carry a tune: they lift each of us up."