Remembering Andrea Brown, Co-Director of OPRF Harmony Choir

Editor’s Note: Harmony Co-Director Andrea Brown passed from COVID in September. Her co-director Latonia Jackson and Trapeze staffer Greta Kirby remember her legacy.

Latonia Jackson, Co-Director of OPRF Harmony Choir

“It is the choir’s goal to carry on her memory.”

Singer, songwriter, organist and beautiful soul! In October, Oak Park and River Forest High School lost their long-time Gospel Choir vocal coach and accompanist, Andrea Brown.

Andrea was a part of Harmony (AKA Gospel Choir) since 2004. She was quiet but had a huge presence and voice. Andrea taught gospel songs to hundreds of students over the years who all adored her. She was caring and passionate about student talent. She mentored many musicians and aspiring vocalists, one of whom recently accompanied Jennifer Hudson at the CMA Awards. Over the years, Andrea has worked with our parent choir and faculty/staff ensembles, and played for many spirit assemblies as well as all school assemblies.

It is the choir’s goal to carry on her memory.

 

Greta Kirby, Staffer and member of OPRF Harmony Choir

“Her constant joy and kindness is something I will always treasure.”

I met Ms. Brown my freshman year when I joined Harmony. From the very first day I joined gospel choir, Ms. Brown was a warm and supportive presence in my life. She was always there to talk or lend a hand when I was struggling with a note. Her passion for music was contagious and made me want to be a better musician. She always encouraged me and the other members of Harmony to work hard and do our best. She helped so many people become not only successful musicians but human beings. Her constant joy and kindness is something I will always treasure. I am going to miss her very much.

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