“Inside a Mother’s Heart: Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls”

“Inside a Mother’s Heart: Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls.” Iowa Medical and Classification Center Songwriters’ Workshop Performance, August 31, 2010 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

Director and Accompanist: Dr. Mary Cohen, assisted by Rose Schmidt

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PERFORMANCES

“Building Bridges to Peace,” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, Iowa Medical and Classification Center, April 30 and May 4, 2019. Outside audience of approximately 300 people.

“Des Moines Capital Performance,” Oakdale Community Choir, Des Moines, Iowa, April 8, 2019.

“Changes We Choose,” Learning Exchange with the Soweto Gospel Choir, Maggie Wheeler, Sara Thomsen, and the Oakdale Community Choir, Iowa Medical and Classification Center, November 12, 2018.

“Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls, IX,” Iowa Medical and Classification Center Songwriting Workshop Performance, August 14, 2018.

“Fidelio” by Beethoven, Adapted by Heartbeat Opera, New York. The Oakdale Choir contributed a professional audio recording of the final portion of the Prisoners’ Chorus and video footage for the stage production, May 2-18, 2018, Baruch Performing Arts Center New York.

“Forgiveness, Kindness, Peace, and Gratitude” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, April 24 and 28, 2018 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA. Outside audience of approximately 300 people.

“May I See Beauty Too” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 5 and 13, 2017 at the Iowa Medical and Classification center, Coralville, IA. Outside audience of over 245 people in attendance.

“Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls, VIII,” Iowa Medical and Classification Center Songwriting Workshop Performance, August 15, 2017.

“Lead with Love” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, May 9 and 16, 2017 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA. Outside audience of 229 people in attendance.

Sing along and concert “Lead with Love” at the Newton Correctional Facility with eight current and former outside singers of the Oakdale Choir, April 29, 2017.

Sing along and abbreviated “Look on the Bright Side” performance at the Newton Correctional Facility with two University of Iowa alumni, January 21, 2017. Over 15 former inside singers from the Oakdale Choir have been transferred to this facility and one of them wrote an original song that we performed.

“Look on the Bright Side,” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 6 & 14, 2016 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA. Over 200 community members in the audience on December 14. Nineteen students from a First Year Seminar that examined literature about prisons met with Warden Jim McKinney and a group of inside singers, as well as attended the concert for an incarcerated audience on December 6.

“Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls VII,” Iowa Medical and Classification Center Songwriters’ Workshop Performance, August 16, 2016 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“The Me Some People See,” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, May 10 & 12, 2016 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA. Concert for outside guests: 124 people.

“Community of Caring,” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 8 and 10, 2015 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls VI,” Iowa Medical and Classification Center Songwriters’ Workshop Performance, July 21, 2015 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Evolving Lives,” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, May 19 and 21, 2015 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Community of Caring,” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 8 and 10, 2015 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls VI,” Iowa Medical and Classification Center Songwriters’ Workshop Performance, July 21, 2015 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Evolving Lives,” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, May 19 and 21, 2015 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Finding Hope,” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 9 and 11, 2014 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls V,” Iowa Medical and Classification Center Songwriters’ Workshop Performance, August 19, 2014 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“We Are the Ones,” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, April 29 and May 15, 2014 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Love Lives On,” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 10 and 12, 2013 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls IV,” Iowa Medical and Classification Center Songwriters’ Workshop Performance, July 30, 2013 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

Graduation Ceremony. Oakdale Community Choir Performance, June 27, 2013 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Mourning Is Broken.” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, April 30 and May 16, 2013 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“The Bright Side of Life.” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 4 and 13, 2012 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls III.” Iowa Medical and Classification Center Songwriters’ Workshop Performance, August 21, 2012 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Come Walk with Us.” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, May 1 and 9, 2012 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Winds of Change.” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 6 and 14, 2011 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls II.” Iowa Medical and Classification Center Songwriters’ Workshop Performance, August 2, 2011 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

Graduation Ceremony. Oakdale Community Choir Performance, June 28, 2011 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“My Voice Has Wings.” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, April 26 and May 4, 2011 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Truth, Justice, and Peace.” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 7 and 15, 2010 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Personal Reflections from Inside the Walls.” Iowa Medical and Classification Center Songwriters’ Workshop Performance, August 31, 2010 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“More Love.” Oakdale Community Prison Choir Concert. April 20 and 28, 2010 at the Iowa and Medical Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Light in the Darkness.” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 9 and 15, 2009 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Rivers and Rocks.” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, August 25 and September 1, 2009 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.

“Peace and Place.” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, April 21 and April 28, 2009, Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.