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Budget threat to NU choir

It has come to my attention that the funds for the NU choir accompanist may be cut off. Besides the fact that the choral teacher teaches classes twice as large as other teachers, and that the school is getting the equivalent of another teacher for a very modest price, the choir accompanist is not a frill, but rather an absolutely essential part of the educational process.

I have watched the NU choirs put the school on the map in the United States and abroad as an extraordinary choral program. This would have been impossible without a paid accompanist and can’t continue without one.

It is documented that students who take music classes do better in other curricular fields. Music classes of the caliber offered at NU surely stimulate integrated brain function more than classes at schools which have lesser programs. If you compare the grades of music students with those of nonmusic students, I guarantee you will find a correlation of superior performance

Please do not take away this opportunity for excellence and the concomitant pride of the department and the entire Grass Valley-Nevada City community in the extraordinary example the NU choir sets for choral programs in our nation and abroad.

Dorla Menmuir

Director of Choral Activities

Sierra College

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