Music is in the air as the BIG ARTS Community Chorus gears up for their spring concerts March 14-15 at BIG ARTS Schein Hall. The Chorus, which is made up of local members of the Southwest Florida Community, will be performing a diverse line up of classic mainstays and contemporary favorites. The Chorus, which does not require auditions, is open to people from all walks of life regardless of whether. 
One of those members Fred Nordstrom retired to Sanibel in 1988 and joined the Chorus shortly after. “My wife, Marjorie, a music teacher and performer, was the second director for the BIG ARTS chorus from 1993 to 1995 so I sang in the chorus” he said. 
Nordstrom who was a 38-year veteran of the agricultural industry began singing at young age. “I was raised on an Iowa farm and attended a country school where the teacher had us sing a lot,” he said. 
Nordstrom continued signing in church as well as the University of Iowa Chorus and received a number one rating in the state for solo singing. “I really enjoy singing and especially being involved in community activities,” said Nordstrom. “In my opinion, singing a message is selling that message to the audience. When they smile, you know you have made a sale.”
For Charlene Gulbrandsen, the BIG ARTS Community Chorus offers her a place to continue to make music. “As a non-audition chorus the BIG ARTS Community Chorus is fast becoming a most musically dedicated group of performers,” she said. “Whether it be dancing, acting, narrating, composing, directing, instrumental, or singing.” 
Gulbrandsen is a former church choir director who moved to Sanibel in 2013. For many like Gulbrandsen, the Chours has become like an extended family. “Each season I am saddened when our spring (final concert) concludes as I look forward to fall and reuniting with the choristers,” she said. For other members like 12-year Chorus veterans John and Judy Pryor, the BIG ARTS Community Chorus offers a way to share their passion of music. When asked about what the chorus means to them they responded, “Everything.” 
“There are lots of talented singers and really interesting people who love to sing,” the Pryors said. “There is a joy in singing with this group. One of our songs this year is "How Can I Keep from Singing" – that's how we all feel. And of course, we have a terrific director.”
Tickets to the BIG ARTS Community Chorus Spring Concert are $12 for adults and free for students and children. Tickets can be purchased at the BIG ARTS box office, 900 Dunlop Rd., by phone at 239-395-0900 and online at To learn more about how to join the BIG ARTS Community Chorus, contact or the call the box office.