My name is Julia Jou and I am an alto in the choir. I have been a member of CCCS since 1998. I work for state government as the Budget Director for the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.
I didn’t have any choir experience before I joined CCCS other than attending music class in elementary school. I enjoy listening to many kinds of music so appreciate the variety of music we sing in the choir ranging from classical to Broadway.
I joined the choir because I wanted to meet more friends in the Chinese community after having grown up mostly in United States. My parents had operated a restaurant in Somerville at the time and one of the customers was a member and told me about CCCS and encouraged me to join.
I have become good friends with many of the members in the choir over the last 18 years and stayed in touch with several of them even after they have left the choir. We would have a mini CCCS reunion whenever I visit Taiwan. I had a difficult time at the beginning singing the alto part. I often ended up singing some of the soprano part because the melody is either more familiar or easier to follow. Fortunately with the help of fellow Alto members and conductors, I learned to sing the Alto part more consistently now. I am also part of the Cambridge Ensemble which performs separate pieces in the concert as well as representing CCCS in outside performances.
I have been involved in the management of the choir both as treasurer (past and present) and as president. When I was president, the choir was down to 12 members (mostly women) since so many members had left and we weren’t able to recruit new ones. I didn’t give up on the choir because I enjoyed singing in the choir and I could tell how much the community appreciates our performances.
I am happy to see the number of new members who are willing to contribute their time and effort to raise funds for the choir and promote CCCS to a wider audience. I believe that CCCS will only get stronger in the future with the support of its members.