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I-5 Connection wants you to tune in


Singing group opens 2013 season with Sept. 5 rehearsal

The I-5 Connection (I-5) is a group of about 45 singers and instrumentalists who meet Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wilsonville Community Center during the school year to rehearse.

The Connection’s mission is to share their music with the larger community through two concerts a year, visiting local retirement centers and responding to requests for performances. Under the direction of Jocelyn Higgins, I-5 has grown in size and in maturity, and is excited as a group to take on musical challenges.

This year, the Connection will be joined by keyboardist Katie Turner, who also will join in with other instruments from time to time. The group’s sponsor is Wilsonville Community Seniors Inc., and the group now is actively recruiting people to join in the fun.

When approached about singing with I-5, a common reaction is, “You don’t want me, I can’t sing a note.”

But a look at the group’s roster reveals that:

n Most do not have any formal music training;

n Former or current occupations range from health care (10), education (10), office workers (eight), professional musician (two), pastor, civil engineer, nuclear physicist, radio and TV performer, grain exporter and computer systems specialist, to name a few; and

n Ages range from as young as 50 to members in their 90s.

The I-5 Connection begins its 2013-2014 season with rehearsal at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Wilsonville Community Center, 7965 SW Wilsonville Road. The group will jump right into preparing for its Christmas concert.

For information, call Patty Brescia at the Wilsonville Community Center, 503-682-3727, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..