Portion of CD sales will support effort to create Salem-area studio

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School choir’s CD project started as a way for the group to raise funds to purchase new robes, but with the assistance of some local business partners, it gradually grew to something more. “Our expectations were to fulfill a small goal, and what came out of it was an opportunity to do more,” said A.J. Nash, the CD’s producer and a partner in Divine Productions, the choir’s financial backer in the venture. The project began after brainstorming sessions resulted in a handshake agreement to produce a Christmas season CD in 2010, but Divine Productions quickly spawned the Divine Foundation. “One of the things we learned was that it would be easier to have our own facility than to bounce around and we don’t have a top-of-the-line studio in the Salem area,” Nash said. “We set up a foundation that works alongside the production company and we’re targeting donors to provide facilities that will create an opportunity for public school students to take part in a program that allows the best students work with the best people in the area.” The hope is to generate enough interest, and the financial backing, to set up a high-end studio where students can produce their work and generate revenues that can sustain music programs in the area’s public schools. A portion of the...

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