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Mae Waldron (center) and director Chris Vincent (right)
accept the Department of Neighborhoods grant from City Council member David Della.

BALLARD, WA, MONDAY, AUGUST 15– The Market Street Singers today was awarded a $14,000 grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “We’re thrilled. This grant is for our ‘Shilshole On The Pacific Rim’ season,” said Chris Vincent, the group’s Artistic Director. “We’ll use the funding to get ready for and produce a concert and community arts event in the spring. The music for the concert will be from around the Pacific Rim, of which Seattle – and Ballard’s Shilshole area – is very much a part. We’ll be doing music from places like Japan, Alaska and Peru, and we’ll also be able to commission new works from local composers.” The grant program, the Small and Simple Matching Fund, provides up to $15,000 for neighborhood groups to conduct projects of up to six months’ duration. Named for Ballard’s “main street,” The Market Street Singers is a 35-voice community chorus of residents from Ballard and throughout Seattle.

“One of our proudest moments was when we performed for the opening ceremonies of Ballard’s new library and neighborhood service center,” said Mae Waldron, one of the board members who helped prepare the grant proposal. “We’ve had tremendous response from the community in the twelve months we’ve been a chorus, and we love having the opportunity to give back to it. And as Chris said, we’re thrilled – we can’t wait to get started on our new concert.”

The chorus has had a busy schedule in the short time it has been together, performing for two charity fundraisers, holiday caroling for Swedish Hospital and three area care centers, and for such neighborhood events as Norwegian Constitution Day and the Ballard ARTWalk. This season is expected to be just as busy, with several performances leading up to the concert in February or March. The chorus’ next event is “Friendship,” a multimedia program for the Ballard ARTwalk on September 10 at 6:30pm. Held at the Northwest Senior Center, 5429 – 32nd Ave. NW in Seattle, and sponsored in part by Arts Ballard, the evening will also include works by a ceramic artist, a photographer, and a performance by a professional magician, a string quartet, and of course, The Market Street Singers.