In the summer of 2011, the Chapel Hill, NC-based Community Chorus Project gathered 32 local high school kids and formed a chorus. With the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina, the chorus worked with teaching artists for two weeks to learn more about singing. At the end of the workshop they went into Manifold Studio and recorded their versions of the band’s “Everybody Hurts” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” with local band The Beast and Mallarme Chamber Players — arrangements by Eric Hirsh and Shana Tucker, filmed by Scott Rucci.
According to Lauren Hodge, director of the Community Chorus Project, “These kids found the power of music, their own voices, took risks and created deep friendships. It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved.” Hodge added, “Community Chorus Project is dedicated to creating more musical and educational opportunities like these for all kids — regardless of income. Thanks to R.E.M. for letting us cover their fantastic song!”
You can help support Community Chorus Project’s work at communitychorusproject.org