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Oakland Interfaith Community Choir
Hi there! I’m Thea Miller, my pronouns are they/them/theirs, and I’m overjoyed to be serving OIGC as the organization’s first intern! I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work for and with OIGC this summer. I associate myself strongly with the organization’s mission; I believe in the power of music to bring many people together regardless of differences. I am excited to do my part to advance this mission over the summer, and to meet and learn from wonderful people along the way!
My family came to visit me and my husband over the holidays. On Christmas Eve, we gobbled down spaghetti and meatballs, then headed into San Francisco for the OIGC ensemble show at Slim’s. My family had never heard the choir before, and they were blown away by the performance. (Rightly so!) They were especially impressed with my two favorite songs: the get-up-and-dance “Jesus Will” and the tear-jerking “Worth.”
Electricity filled the air at First Congregational Church on June 13th. The community choir had performed there in April as part of the free spring musical, but this time was different. We had worked hard to spread the word about the show, rehearsed until we had our parts down pat.
After arriving, everyone I talked to was smiling and happy and ready to sing. With a successful sound check under our belts, we quickly ate then donned our stoles and bowties, adjusted lipstick and hair, grabbed a last drink of water. Right before it was time to file in, we circled up with the two visiting choirs, and Terrance led us through prayers for a joyful evening filled with peace and love. We held hands, sharing good thoughts with each other. I could almost sense the energy slipping out the doors and into the Oakland night.
I started as administrative assistant of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir last March, and it's been quite a ride. What a wonderful organization and what fun to be around interesting, thoughtful co-workers and a diverse group of choir members.
So much has changed in the past year. From being promoted to Office Manager, to taking the lead on communications, to attending my first holiday concert at the Paramount. Granted, it hasn't always been easy. Multiple events at once, deadlines...and have you ever tried tracking down information from Terrance Kelly? But some days don't even feel like a job, like watching videos or sorting through photographs of the choir.
Another development is that I am now a proud member of the Oakland Interfaith Community Choir.