Volunteer Spotlight: Heike Chaney
How did you first get involved at Upper Valley Music Center?
My first vocal coach, with whom I had worked from middle school to ninth grade, encountered uncontrollable circumstances that prevented her from continuing our lessons. As a result, I was determined not to stop my vocal training and sought an alternative solution: After much research, my mom mentioned the Music Center, much to the hope of my high school self.
What volunteer projects are you involved in?
I helped reorganize choral music in the music library, as well as a spreadsheet containing titles for all choral music. I am also working on projects oriented to Communications as a current member of the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Why is volunteering at UVMC vital to you?
I am grateful for all UVMC taught me as an aspiring vocal and theatre artist. After the immense privilege of undergoing vocal training with one of UVMC’s faculty, I wanted to return the “favor”. I enjoyed bringing “extra two hands” to our organizational systems behind UVMC programming!
What have you learned from volunteering at UVMC?
Every piece of your best work brings good, essential impacts to the organization you are supporting. In the “post-COVID years”, we are living in an age where non-profit organizations face many challenges. This is where, I believe, a much more crucial need for volunteers comes into play.
What’s your advice for someone considering becoming a volunteer?
Do it! 🙂 Research proves volunteering can help with gaining all skills needed for the workplace! (Psst…! We’re looking at you, high school graduates!) This includes professional communication, project management, and administrative responsibility.
When you’re not volunteering, what musical activities can we find you participating in?
I am currently a soprano in the Vermont State University Chorale and Chamber Singers groups. (Do not ask me if I can sing an E6!) Per each semester, I am commonly seen in sporadic concerts and recitals. I am also involved with the VTSU Theatre Department, and sometimes the NCCT Summer Productions.