A choir concert set for Sunday, May 15, is the culmination of a dream almost derailed by the stuff of nightmares.

A choir concert set for Sunday, May 15, is the culmination of a dream almost derailed by the stuff of nightmares.

"An Afternoon with Friends: Festival of Three Choirs" will feature the Clintonville Community Choir under the direction of Brandon Hollihan, the Bexley Choral Society directed by Amy Blosser and the Pickerington Community Chorus led by Lisa Robinson-Boyer.

The performance will take place at 3 p.m. at Bexley United Methodist Church, 2567 E. Broad St.

Admission is free, with freewill offerings accepted.

"Each choir will perform their own selections and then we will combine to perform one piece as a mass choir of, hopefully, around 100 members," Julie Rice, secretary of the Pickerington Community Chorus, wrote in an announcement of the event.

In an email, Robinson-Boyer discussed how the concert has finally come about, after she first had the idea of collaborating with other community choirs in central Ohio two years ago.

"I initially contacted Clintonville, before Brandon became the director, but unfortunately, before we could make it a reality, I went through some very difficult challenges, including a breast cancer diagnosis and the death of both my husband and my father," she recalled.

"In January of this year, I reached out again to the Clintonville Chorus, and they enthusiastically agreed to join us for a spring concert. In searching for a venue that would be between our two communities, I was put in contact with Amy Blosser, who was open to hosting our concert at her church, Bexley United Methodist, but let me know that she also directed a community choir in Bexley, and she asked if her group could also be included in the event."

"It was sort of a happy accident," said Blosser, now in her 10th year as choral director at Bexley High School. She is also music director at Bexley United Methodist Church.

"It should be really fun and engaging for everyone involved," Hollihan said.

For the finale, Blosser will serve as conductor and Chad Baker will be the accompanist when the three choirs perform How Can I Keep from Singing, a Quaker hymn arranged by Gwyneth Walker.

Both Robinson-Boyer and Blosser hope the collaboration of the three community organizations will lead to future choral festivals, perhaps involving other groups.

"I would love to see this become an even bigger event," Blosser said.

"It is my hope that future festivals will include a longer combined program," Robinson-Boyer wrote. "It is the love of singing that unites us, and it is truly a love we never outgrow.

"With choir members' ages ranging from 20s through 80s, it is a unique way of bringing folks together for a common goal. Where else can you be part of a group where everyone participates, everyone gets along in perfect 'harmony,' and no one sits on the bench?"