Music needs trees

Jeff Noble, forest consultant for the Cedar Tree Institute, and Tonja Acker-Richards, Marquette Choral Society member, participate in one of the Music Needs Trees planting sessions.

Marquette Choral Society, the Yellow Dog Watershed Partnership and the Cedar Tree Institute collaborated to plant 1,000 trees in six weeks in May and June. The Music Needs Trees planting project was organized in conjunction with MCS’s spring 2023 concert, which had a theme of Celebrate The Earth. That concert featured works honoring the environment, including Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia (Earth Mass).

The last planting session was held June 3, but donations to support the planting project can still be sent to Music Needs Trees, c/o of The Cedar Tree Institute, 403 E. Michigan St., Marquette MI 49855. A $10 gift covers the cost of one tree.

Marquette Choral Society is a mixed-voice, adult choir of approximately 100 singers from a four-county region in the Upper Peninsula. MCS strives to engage, enrich, and inspire this region through the art of choral music. All singers are welcome. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/MarquetteChoralSociety, www.marquettechoralsociety.org, or email choralsociety906@gmail.com.

The Yellow Dog Watershed Partnership is a grassroots organization of individuals who take environmental ethics to heart. It is headquartered in Big Bay. For more information, please visit yellowdogwatershed.org.

The Cedar Tree Institute is a nonprofit that provides services and initiates projects in the areas of mental health, interfaith collaboration and the environment. It works in partnership with American Indian Tribes, medical providers, faith communities and environmental organizations. It is headquartered in Marquette. For more information, please visit cedartreeinstitute.org.


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