East End children in grades three through six have the opportunity to join and form the Kids Community Peace Chorus, to share peace through music.
“After the Parkland School shooting, along with all of the challenges in the world today, I wanted to create a community through music and bring people together to spread a message of peace,” said Nancy Remkus, a retired Sag Harbor Elementary School teacher and local musician who will serve as chorus director while spearheading the project.
The first chorus meeting is on April 19 from 5:30 to 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse of the South Fork in Bridgehampton. Although the chorus is independent and nondenominational, the UUs have offered to sponsor the group, which includes providing rehearsal space, pizza, and beverages. The chorus will meet regularly to sing and talk, write songs, and discuss the meaning of peace while having fun.
“The congregation very generously offered to sponsor this venture. Even though the chorus will be nondenominational, our mission is the same, to spread a message of peace and achieve peace within our community and the world,” said Remkus.
Remkus received her undergraduate degree in music therapy, an area of allied health where music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. She blended her foundation in music therapy with a career in education, eventually founding Sag Harbor Elementary School’s Morning Program, a daily gathering of students and faculty where they would talk and sing.
“We can help kids express their feelings through music and help them understand how peace begins within us, and how we can practice peace in our lives. Music, of course, promotes communication, creates social bonding, and develops cooperation,” she added.
Remkus plans to have the children learn songs in various languages about peace in the world, the environment, and within themselves. She also hopes to find opportunities in the community for the children to perform and share their message.
All children in the third through sixth grades are welcome to join. The group will work with any number of children who join, whether it’s “five or 25,” she noted.
“Music has the power to directly reach the heart and that message can travel from one heart to another. I believe that music can influence and promote great movements for peace in the world,” Remkus said.
“Kids are naturally creative, musical, and artistic. Singing together can help kids bond, whatever the song or language. They can also express their feelings of joy or excitement, of being scared or proud.”
For more information or to register, contact Remkus at 631-725-3938 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.