The Project is an original musical by Dirk and Carol Damonte that is being premiered in the summer of 2011. Inspired by the United Methodist Church's Rethink Church campaign, The Project inspires us to imagine a church that is defined not by the confines of the four walls that enclose it, but is as limitless as the possibilities of the human spirit. The church is God's Project in the world, a continuously unfolding relationship between God and creation. Through original music, dance, video and drama, The Project takes us through 10,000 doors of possibilities of what the church can be when we realize that it isn't a place, or a destination, but that the church is a verb, actively involved with the world, and the church is us.
Performed by the Starfire Singers of Los Altos United Methodist Church, The Project will be presented at FUMC on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 pm. A free will offering will be taken to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). In addition, the Starfire Singers are encouraging churches to collect items for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) health kits. Details can be found at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/health-kit/ Health kits will be collected at each performance of The Project.
Health Kit Supply List (All items must be NEW):
1 hand towel (15" x 25" up to 17" x 27")
1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up)
1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes)
1 large tube of toothpaste (4.5 oz. or larger, expiration date must be 6 months or longer )
6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages
About The Starfire Singers
Starfire Singers, founded in 1980, is the high school choir at the Los Altos United Methodist Church. The group sings weekly in one of the church's three morning worship services, sharing the load equally with the church's two adult choirs. In addition to their weekly involvement in worship, Starfire performs throughout the year at a variety of church events, and has performed in UMC conference events, and in the local community. The high point of the year for members of the group is their summer tour. Past tours have taken them to the American Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountians, Russia, Finland, Denmark, and Autralia. The Starfire Singers also participate in mission trips to Mexico where they help build homes.
One of the hallmarks of the Starfire Singers is their unique, contemporary sound. This is due to the fact that much of the music sung by Starfire is original music composed by the directors, Dirk and Carol Damonte. Their music fits no easy classification, but has been characterized as upbeat, contemporary, enthusiastic, exciting, and vibrant by those who hear it. For the past twenty-five years, Starfire's summer tour has featured an original dramatic musical by Dirk and Carol, and audiences throughout the world have been tremendously inspired and deeply moved by what they've heard.
Perhaps the most important distinction of the Starfire Singers is the message behind their music, and the strongly held belief of the directors and the members of the group in that message. The message of Starfire is that God's love speaks to us, and can be conveyed to the world, through music. Starfire's music has touched the hearts of many with powerful messages about the potential of God's love to work through human lives to change the world. Starfire's musicals explore what it means to be in community with each other and with all of God's creation. These musicals have had a great impact upon all those who have seen them, and upon the members in the choir.
Dirk and Carol Damonte
Dirk and Carol Damonte are in their twenty-ninth year as directors of the Starfire Singers. Carol's energetic directing style and Dirk's dynamic keyboard playing combine to maximize the unique sound of Starfire. Since they began directing Starfire, Dirk and Carol have been particularly interested in composing new music for the choir, music which reflects their own deeply-held beliefs in justice and peace through the love of God.
Dirk and Carol met at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where they each received Bachelor of Music Degrees. Dirk has gone on to receive the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Worship and the Arts degrees from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Dirk and Carol serve on the staff of the Los Altos United Methodist Church as Minister of Music and Worship Arts, and Director of Ministry and Music for Youth, respectively.