Fall 2023 Series
Dear Women of TWC,
Hello! My name is Natalie Killom. I'm delighted to be Artistic Director of the Tucson Women's Chorus. I love community choirs, I love women coming together, and I love this group of people!
Choirs in general were not really been choir for the year and a half of the pandemic, especially the ones taking the necessary precaution of meeting virtually. We did our best with that, but all the while we knew "this is not choir." We missed the connection, the warmth of our sisters in song around us, the vibrations of voices, and our breath synchronizing together. It is beyond exciting to have resumed somewhat "normal" rehearsals.
The chorus has gained many new members, and I am happy to hear that former members are returning little by little. I know that I will be new to you, but I hope you feel my excitement and that the spirit of moving forward is in the air. It feels wonderful to me.
I began with TWC in Fall, 2021 when, after giving birth to my first baby in April, I made the difficult decision not to return to work as a choir teacher. I was so grateful to get to keep music in my life with weekly rehearsals, while for the most part staying home with my baby, Stella. And now, having become such a part of this community of women, I am so happy to continue with TWC even as I resume full time work as Music Teacher at Prince Elementary School.
Previously, I'd taught choir for 3 years at Salpointe High School. I've spent nearly half my life involved with the Tucson Girls Chorus as a singer, then assistant, and finally as conductor. I have a strong belief in the powers of music and community to shape lives and to increase the overall well-being of individuals.
Thank you for sharing your voices with me. I'm so excited! Here's to moving forward!
Yours in music,