SAI Performs at The Gathering Place

SAI-TGP

The Denver Alumnae Chapter has begun a service project with The Gathering Place in Denver. Founded in 1986, The Gathering Place is the only daytime drop-in center in metropolitan Denver that serves women, their children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are also experiencing homelessness. The Gathering Place is a community of safety and hope where positive relationships, choice, and essential resources transform lives.

Members of SAI Denver perform in twice-monthly Lunch Hour Musicales for the members of TGP to provide outreach, community, and camaraderie through the power of music. Performers in December include Marion Talley on piano and Anna Maria Manalo on piano and violin.

Additionally, members of SAI Denver will participate in a Holiday Caroling Sing-a-Long at TGP on December 21.

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June Sister of the Month: Danielle Snyder

Danielle (Danni) Snyder was the pianist for all of the choirs performing the “Spring with the Colorado Children’s Chorale” at Boettcher Concert Hall on April 22. Her fabulous accompaniments, including playing for a world premiere song, “Be Brave” by Kevin Padworski, had us bursting with pride.

Here’s more about our talented “Sister of the Month”:

Beginnings

I grew up in Dayton, Ohio, in a family that included my parents, an older brother and a younger sister; my parents still live there and I see them as often as possible; from the time I was little, I loved to pretend playing the piano that lived in my house; at age 4, I started asking my mom for lessons and we found the only place in town that would start teaching a four-year-old.

Education & Musical Background

I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, in 2014; my most amazing collegiate experience was my semester abroad during my junior year in Vienna, Austria, where I studied at the IES Vienna Institute; I currently hold these positions—Staff Pianist and Music Librarian for the Colorado Children’s Chorale, accompanist and handbell choir director at Calvary Baptist Church, Denver, and accompanist for the Colorado Symphony Chorus; I also have four private piano students.

Special Musical Adventures

In the summer of 2016 I traveled to Europe with the CCC Festival Singers for concerts with the Colorado Symphony Chorus in Paris, Strasbourg and Munich; my most memorable moment was visiting Eglise de la Madeleine where Gabriel Faure was organist and led the premiere of his beloved Requiem in 1893; this spring I flew for 15 hours to Australia to accompany the CCC Tour Choir in two weeks of concerts in Melbourne, Bairnsdale, Canberra and Sydney; I especially loved Canberra, the capital city, and the concert we performed in a small town named Buchan for our best audience in an unassuming but awesome community hall; we also toured some beautiful caves near the town.

Family & Summer Plans

My boyfriend of two years, Taylor, and my wonderful rescue dog, Vincent, a 6-year-old husky/shepherd mix; if I were an animal, I’d be a dog, and hope I could be as unconditionally loving as Vincent is; my summer plans include playing at schools and other venues where CCC has partnerships.

SAI Background

I was initiated into Sigma Upsilon Chapter at DU in 2012 and served as VP Programs my senior year; I affiliated with Denver Alumnae Chapter fall, 2014; I presented the program at our 75th anniversary celebration in March, 2015, and performed on the musicale in June, 2016; my favorite parts of being an SAI—our philanthropic work, our sisterhood ties, being a Rose Sister and the sing-alongs!