‘Singing has brought another kind of healing’: How a chorister rediscovered his voice, years after coming out

Greg Klassen © Sonna Carreiro/CBC

There’s a joke that Mennonites come out of their mother’s wombs singing four-part harmony.

I don’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t sing the tenor line. Singing a third above the sopranos in a song feels as natural to me as breathing. As a young Mennonite boy, we went to church a lot. And one of the things we did at church that was particularly pleasant to me was sing.

It came from the heart, it felt authentic and I felt closer to the sacred and to beauty when I opened my mouth and music came spilling out.

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