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On December 12, 2017, for the fourth year in a row, musicians from the Oregon Symphony, alongside Associate Conductor Norman Huynh, visited Coffee Creek Women’s Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. They presented a holiday program to 200 women, with highlights including a carol sing-along and pieces accompanying the Coffee Creek resident choir, part of an organization that will help them integrate back into society by pairing them with community choirs. This has become an annual tradition that the inmates and staff look forward to each holiday season.
Inmate and choir member Heidi Elise Erickson expressed appreciation for the unique program and the choir, which is under the direction of Sarah Goff of the Intergenerational Choirs of Oregon. “Prison is not a great place to spend your time, but actually my dreams are coming true here in prison,” Erickson told the Wilsonville Spokesman. “I ran a 5k last week, I sang with the Oregon Symphony in my choir, and I will start volunteer fire training next month. My life is turning out to be pretty great.”
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“This has become an annual tradition that the inmates and staff look forward to each holiday season.”