National Convention Choir

The National Convention choir consists of Federationists from all over the country, representing many different backgrounds and interests. All members share a passion for music and a desire to continually prove that blindness cannot hold us back.

In 2020, with the help of Braille music, Zoom, recording software, and some fabulous audio editing, we were able to come together virtually, uniting our voices across great distances, to prove that the power of love, hope, and determination can break through any barriers.

The 2020 National Convention choir sang three songs during this year's general sessions: "Live the Life You Want," "Make Them Hear You," and "This Is Me." 

Special thanks to the following members who coordinated the choir:

Recording Engineer: Tom Page
Director: Rachel Grider
Assistants: Leslie Hamric and Kyle Woodruff

Thank you to the Performing Arts Division for sponsoring the choir and helping financially with the music transcription.

Our Program

"Live The Life You Want"

Music and Lyrics by J. P. Williams and James Brown

"Make Them Hear You"

(From Ragtime, The Musical)
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Arranged by Jeff Funk
Accompaniment by London Vocal Academy
Cello by Leslie Hamric

"This Is Me"

(From The Greatest Showman)
Words and Music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Arranged by Mac Huff
Accompaniment by Hal Leonard Choral
Trumpet by Chela Robles
Vocal Solos (In Order of Appearance) by Jessica Stover, Jasmine Eiland, and Kyra Sweeney

Singers

Jamie Allison, South Carolina 

Jamie is clogging onstage in between two other members of her team, the Real Gems.
Jamie is clogging onstage in between two other members of her team, the Real Gems.

Shelley Alongi, Texas   

Shelley and the First Christian Church are ready to start playing the piano for the church service.
Shelley and the First Christian Church are ready to start playing the piano for the church service.

ReNae Anderson, Colorado

Renae is walking with her seeing eye dog, Eve, along her street in the mountains of Colorado.
Renae is walking with her seeing eye dog, Eve, along her street in the mountains of Colorado.

Liliya Asadullina, Pennsylvania   

Liliya is at a shooting range holding a pistol and getting ready to shoot at a person made out of paper.
Liliya is at a shooting range holding a pistol and getting ready to shoot at a person made out of paper.

Bre Brown Ausbun, Louisiana   

Bre is posing with her long white cane.
Bre is posing with her long white cane.

Patty Ann Behr, Maryland   

Patty is standing proudly with her white cane, practicing a praise song for Sunday worship.
Patty is standing proudly with her white cane, practicing a praise song for Sunday worship.

Brittany Berk, Missouri   

Brittany is striking a pose with arms outstretched in front of a giant shuttlecock sculpture.
Brittany is striking a pose with arms outstretched in front of a giant shuttlecock sculpture.

Acer Bowman-Tomlinson, Michigan   

Acer is jamming on electronic drums with a shelf of Braille books and a guitar close by.
Acer is jamming on electronic drums with a shelf of Braille books and a guitar close by.

Brittney Brim, California   

Brittney is from California.

Debi Chatfield, Arizona

Debi is hiking on South Mountain in the Arizona Desert.
Debi is hiking on South Mountain in the Arizona Desert. 

Dacia Cole, Missouri   

Dacia is sitting with a Braille Sens on her lap, reading song lyrics.
Dacia is sitting with a Braille Sens on her lap, reading song lyrics.

Andrew Del Castillo, California   

Andrew and his wife are standing in the driveway having just returned from church. They are both holding canes.
Andrew and his wife are standing in the driveway having just returned from church. They are both holding canes.

Jasmine Eiland, Washington       

Jasmine is riding her purple and pink miniature mountain bike on a trail.
Jasmine is riding her purple and pink miniature mountain bike on a trail.

Barbie Elliott, Utah   

Barbie is climbing up a ropes course.
Barbie is climbing up a ropes course.

Valerie Frink, New Jersey       

Valerie is smiling with a mask ready.
Valerie is smiling with a mask ready.

Cullen Gallagher, Massachusetts   

Cullen is from Massachusetts.

Rubii Ineko Gary, Florida   

Rubii is sitting down with a blue Focus 14 Braille Display on her lap.
Rubii is sitting down with a blue Focus 14 Braille Display on her lap.

Rachel Grider, California   

Rachel is resting after a long hike in Yosemite with seeing eye dog Demi.
Rachel is resting after a long hike in Yosemite with seeing eye dog Demi.

Dorothy Griffin, Georgia   

Dorothy is smiling, standing in front of a group of trees, holding up a stripe bass fish in her right hand while giving a thumbs up.
Dorothy is smiling, standing in front of a group of trees, holding up a stripe bass fish in her right hand while giving a thumbs up.

Leslie Hamric, Illinois   

Leslie is playing the cello.
Leslie is playing the cello.

Jana Jackson, Tennessee   

Jana is from Tennessee.

Kayleigh Joiner, Texas   

Kayleigh is standing on the top deck of a cruise ship with her cane.
Kayleigh is standing on the top deck of a cruise ship with her cane.

Becky Keller, Virginia   

Becky is with two other women, wearing learning shades and confidently using their long white canes.
Becky is with two other women, wearing learning shades and confidently using their long white canes.

Brooklyn Kelly, California   

Brooklyn is from California.

Jeanette Kutash, Massachusetts   

Jeanette is sitting at the piano with her right hand on the top of the piano looking at some Braille music. 
Jeanette is sitting at the piano with her right hand on the top of the piano looking at some Braille music. 

Maura Kutnyak, New York   

Maura is suspended ten feet off the ground, supported by a yellow gold fabric; she is doing a split and holding her cane with pride. 
Maura is suspended ten feet off the ground, supported by a yellow gold fabric; she is doing a split and holding her cane with pride. 

Veronica Martinez, California   

Veronica is from California.

Kira McCall, Illinois   

Kira is wearing a black t-shirt and relaxing in a pink chair.
Kira is wearing a black t-shirt and relaxing in a pink chair.

Jeanine Mooers, Nevada   

Jeanine is singing and playing keyboard in a band called The Note-Ables, which consists mainly of members with disabilities.
Jeanine is singing and playing keyboard in a band called the Note-Ables, which consists mainly of members with disabilities.

Cerridwyn Nordstrom, Colorado   

Cerridwyn is wearing her graduation cap with her guide dog. 
Cerridwyn is wearing her graduation cap with her guide dog. 

Chris Nusbaum, Maryland   

Chris is from Maryland.

Tom Page, Kansas    

Tom is in a tie and sunglasses holding a white cane.
Tom is in a tie and sunglasses holding a white cane.

Mark Riccobono, Maryland   

NFB President Mark A. Riccobono is driving an accessible car.
NFB President Mark A. Riccobono is driving an accessible car.

David Rissling-Venit, Alabama   

David is sitting at the keyboard poised to play.
David is sitting at the keyboard poised to play.

Chela Robles, California   

Chela is holding her pocket trumpet, playing with its bell held high in front of a red brick wall.
Chela is holding her pocket trumpet, playing with its bell held high in front of a red brick wall.

John Scroggs, Virginia   

John is from Virginia.

Katelyn Siple, Maryland   

Katelyn is standing on the edge of a river holding her cane after walking there.
Katelyn is standing on the edge of a river holding her cane after walking there.

Pauline Smith, Michigan   

Pauline is from Michigan.

Deborah Kent Stein, Illinois   

Deborah is exploring a life-sized sculpture of a foal at an outdoor park in Louisville, Kentucky. 
Deborah is exploring a life-sized sculpture of a foal at an outdoor park in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Jessica Stover, Ohio   

Jessica is playing her saxophone at a wine bar. 
Jessica is playing her saxophone at a wine bar. 

Kyra Sweeney, Massachusetts   

Kyra is running on the beach next to the ocean. Another woman with brown hair is running behind her.
Kyra is running on the beach next to the ocean. Another woman with brown hair is running behind her.

Tiffany Taylor, California   

Tiffany is holding a pink cane atop rocks next to a rushing waterfall in Iceland. 
Tiffany is holding a pink cane atop rocks next to a rushing waterfall in Iceland. 

Cierra Therriot, Georgia   

Cierra is standing in a ballet position at the bar. 
Cierra is standing in a ballet position at the bar. 

Haley Thurston, Illinois   

Haley is from Illinois.

Tarren Van Ettinger, Iowa   

Tarren is sitting on a sofa in a living room playing a small MIDI keyboard.
Tarren is sitting on a sofa in a living room playing a small MIDI keyboard.

Kyle Woodruff, Utah   

Kyle is from Utah.