Unified Singing Club harmonizes for inclusion


Katy O'Connell

Juniors Norah Shaikh and Olivia Cheney practice the song “This Is Me” at a Unified Singing rehearsal on May 10, 2022.

Sofia Baldelli, Staff Writer

Post-grad Anelise Merrihew created the Unified Singing Club in 2016, and ever since, she has led the group by singing her heart out for her fellow students while making memories with her friends. 

According to Merrihew, the Unified Singing Club is a judgment-free zone, where students enjoy time to sing and feel free. Merrihew wanted to form a singing club that was different and stands out by accepting everyone.

“I decided to join a club that includes anyone that has a passion for singing,” Merrihew said. 

Merrihew leads her club to coffee houses, Special Olympics events, ARHS sports games and more to sing the National Anthem and songs such as her favorite, “This Is Me” from the Greatest Showman. All seven group members rehearse together to perform and enjoy doing so. 

“We sing songs and do a lot of vocal warm ups, which are my favorite,” Merrihew said.

Club meetings are Tuesdays from 2:30-3:00 in B110, and Merrihew leads the crew in vocal warm-ups to start off the gathering. Warming up the vocal cords is the most important thing to do, according to Merrihew, because it makes singers’ voices even better. 

Singing is a pride and joy for Merrihew.

“I really enjoy music because it makes me happy,” Merrihew said. 

Merrihew enjoys the sound of music because she has been singing since she was a little girl. 

“I love any song, any kind of music from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s,” Merrihew said.