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Profiles in Service: Cook County Community Foundation salutes The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra

Oct 25, 2020 09:37AM ● By Editor

Photos:  The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra 


From the Cook County Community Foundation - October 25, 2020

Cook County is blessed to having many passionate and dedicated non-profit organizations that work hard to enhance the lives of the people who live here.  This month, the Cook County Community Foundation is partnering with Boreal Community Media to salute many of its past grant recipients and how they have put those dollars to work to help make our community a better place to live.  

You can make a difference too – make your tax deductible donation to the Cook County Community Foundation by sending your check to Cook County Community Fund, P.O. Box 763, Grand Marais, MN 55604 or by following this link to make an on-line donation:


By Barb LaVigne of The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra 

The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra is an inclusive organization that attracts singers and instrumentalists from as diverse backgrounds and demographics as can be found in Cook County. We have been proud to present one of the few opportunities for our community, and especially our youth, to be exposed to classical music, both as participants and as audience members.

We typically consist of about 70 vocalists and 20 instrumentalists. The BCO is a powerful tool for building connections and trust among a diverse group of community members. We welcome participants from all walks of life, old, young, pagan, Christian, conservative,
and liberal. The music gives a common goal and we need to listen to each other to reach that goal.

Our concerts attract audiences in excess of 200 and have become a community tradition.
Increased numbers present the need for purchasing more music. The ensemble is also striving to perform music that may not be included in our limited library. CCCF grant funding allows us to expand our library of sheet music.

Any member of the BCO choir or orchestra will attest to the education they receive each and every rehearsal. Our director, Bill Beckstrand is a talented musician and a gifted teacher. CCCF grants enable us to compensate Bill for the many hours he spends in preparation and rehearsals.



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