The Metropolitan Chorale has been one of the most incredible places for me to grow as a musician over the past 7 years. When I first joined in 2013, I had no idea that I was joining a group that would become such a part of my identity. One of the most common things we hear from members in our annual survey is that the Metropolitan Chorale feels like a family, and this is what we pride ourselves on as an organization. Just check out our recruitment video that I shared above - we are a fun bunch! (Video credit: Lauren Jo Alicandro: @lalicandro on social media platforms)
As the current President of the organization, I am proud to be dedicating my training efforts this year for the Tokyo Marathon to fundraising for the Chorale. I have run Boston three times for charity and have loved the experience of making a difference for an organization while chasing a dream of my own. This time, the organization is a part of that dream. Our chorale has grown in size, caliber, and reputation even during my short 7 years as a member, and the funds I raise here will go toward our operating budget to ensure that we continue to thrive. It's my dream to see us perform in Symphony Hall within the next 10 years, and I know we can do it if we continue to grow our budget!
Many of you know that I am chasing the dream of running all 6 of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, and I have completed 4 so far: Boston, New York, Chicago, and Berlin. The last two races to make the series are Tokyo and London, and I was lucky enough to get a place in this year's race in Tokyo!
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic of the coronavirus, the marathon was canceled for non-elite runners on 2/17/2020 to prevent massive crowds in the city. There have been many new cases popping up in Japan that they cannot trace back to China, so it was a good public health decision on their part. I will be able to defer my entry to 2021, and will plan to run the Tokyo marathon next year instead.
We go on and we continue to fundraise, however! Your support means to much to me, and to all 110 of us in the Chorale!