sINgSPIRE Virtual Choir
Opening Act: Saturday, July 10
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema is an adult living with cystic fibrosis. A professional vocalist from Sioux Falls, SD she not only sings professionally with regionally and nationally acclaimed ensembles, but also maintains a private voice studio specializing in helping singers discover the beauty within every breath and the power it gives to their unique voice. She passionately helps individuals find their voice all while serving as the executive director and founder of the nonprofit organization, Breathe Bravely – an organization dedicated to giving voice to cystic fibrosis.
She is a passionate advocate for the cystic fibrosis community both locally and nationally, having served on the Adult Advisory Council for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. After graduating with her masters degree in vocal performance, Ashley was inspired to bring both her life as a musician and an individual with CF together in Breathe Bravely’s flagship program, sINgSPIRE. An innovative approach to combating CF through the art of singing, sIngSPIRE pairs individuals with CF from all over the world with private voice instructors – taking part in ten weeks of private voice lessons via video call. The voice is a powerful thing, and through sINgSPIRE each individual is empowered to find the beauty in every breath and embrace the power it gives their unique voice. While Ashley loves singing, it’s her deep love of making music with others that inspired her to create an opportunity in which individuals with cystic fibrosis might come together as one voice. Out of this love and experience the sINgSPIRE Virtual Choir was created. Born of unchangeable circumstance, the sINgSPIRE Virtual Choir comes together to defy the very diagnosis that dared to keep them from uniting as one voice. Singers of all ages living with cystic fibrosis from around the world unite in song to give voice to cystic fibrosis, bringing their powerful and unique voices together to paint a powerful picture of steadfast perseverance and hope.” breathebravely.org
Breathe Bravely’s sINgSPIRE Virtual Choir will be opening for Chastity Brown on Saturday, July 10th.
Schedule of the night includes:
6:00pm Lawn Opens (food/drink vendors open)
6:30pm Music Starts
Opener: sINgSPIRE Virtual Choir
Headliner: Chastity Brown