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Church choir celebrates diversity

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Posted at 2:00 AM, Apr 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-19 04:03:58-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Members of a church choir from Christ United Methodist Church say it's the most inclusive choir around.

The One Voice Choir was put together about a year ago and has already gotten attention from as far away as Germany. Musical director Bryan Horn says the idea came to him in a flash.

"Wouldn't it be so great if there was choir where straight people and members of the LGBT community come together and what a great experience that would be," Horn said.

Horn quickly formed a board of directors, then straight, bisexual, transgender and gay people auditioned with the desire to sing sacred music together.

"Show we're normal religious people and want to share that message with other people who may have misconceptions about LGBT people and our faith relationship," Horn said.

Choir president Eric VandenAkker says the friendships made in the choir are meaningful.

"It's fun to associate with people that have a mutual understanding to some extent to some of the hardships and trials and some of the things that bring us all together," he said.

The choir even has a vision statement.

"Our vision statement is, 'We don't care, color or even musical ability if you believe what we're doing you are welcome here," Horn said.

The One Voice Choir will be performing at the Christ United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City on Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is free.