Serve Well Blog

7.26.17

A Decade Later: Your Whole Self Comes Home

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Urban America, Arts & Culture, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life

How to interpret "holding together" through worship and music at the 2017 conference? Maren Haynes Marchesini '07 chose the three-part song "Standing Stone". Chanting together I will be your standing stone/I will stand by you powerfully embodied differences held as a whole.
 
The PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology is exploring holding together in her home state of Montana, where she and husband Michael '07 moved after years away. "You don't really go home again," she says. "You bring your whole self and all your experiences when you move back, and see everything differently." Drawing on what she learned about immigrant justice at the worker-run Day Labor Center in Tucson, her training in multicultural music, and her time as a church music director, she looks at Helena through the lens of race, class, gender, and community. Talking with neighbors and relatives, "I am opening up that part of myself that recognizes that we have a lot of values in common, in spite of starting on different sides."
 
As one of Helena's only ethnomusicologists, she has been enthusiastically invited to share her gifts in the symphony, schools, and college, and will relaunch the city's Children's Chorus in partnership with a local arts organization. She hopes the chorus will nurture kids' curiosity for music, people, and traditions from around the world. "In a place as culturally white as Montana, that would be a huge thing."