Local companies sponsor choirs that raise their voices to raise funds for ArtsWave

CINCINNATI – Voices joined in song to celebrate and support the arts in Greater Cincinnati this past week.

Several regional companies came together on stage at the Aronoff Center Wednesday with employee choirs to compete, and raised funds, for ArtsWave as part of ‘CincySings.”

“It was so exciting to see the creativity, energy and community pride onstage – an extraordinary example of the arts bringing people together,” said Melanie Healey, ArtsWave 2014 Campaign Chair.

Drew Lachey hosted the event that involved 11 choir groups.

ArtsWave is a regional arts fund that supports more than 100 arts organizations regionally. In 2013, tens of thousands of contributors gave approximately $11.5 million to support the arts.

“CincySings” expanded an annual sing-off, fundraising event typically hosted by Procter & Gamble and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center employees. This year’s event also included American Modern Insurance, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Duke Energy, Fifth Third Bank, GE, Horseshoe Casino, Humana, Kroger, P&G, and TriHealth.

Many of the teams worked with vocal coaches provided by ArtsWave. Organizations that included those coaches included Cincinnati Opera, the May Festival, Cincinnati Boychoir, the Young Professional’s Choral Collective, Cincinnati Children’s Choir, Southern Gateway Chorus, and Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

“CincySings brought our employees together in a new and creative way,” said American Modern Insurance Group President and CEO Manny Rios. “It helped us raise more funds for ArtsWave than ever before and also generated a lot of goodwill and team spirit among the entire company.”

A panel of four judges provided commentary during each employee choir performance.

The winners of the first “CincySings” included two teams with an “Honorable Mention”: Vocal Intensity from American Modern Insurance Group and Just Roll With It from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

GE Aviation’s Any Direction narrowly took the runner-up spot. The judges declared P&G’s Legal Notes the winner.

As part of their win, Legal Notes will sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ at Great American Ball Park before the Cincinnati Reds home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, April 14.

The P&G group will also perform with the Cincinnati Pops at Riverbend in July.

Any Direction, Vocal Intensity, and Just Roll with It have been invited to perform at Summerfair on May 31.

For more information about CincySings and ArtsWave’s fundraising campaign, visit www.theartswave.org/cincysings and follow @ArtsWave and #CincySings on Twitter

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