My name is Nicole Provost, and I am the founder and conductor of the Mayday Club Youth Choir for Neurodiversity. I am 24 years old, and I study calculus at UFV.
I came up with the idea to start a choir for youth with neurodiversities when I was 16, and singing in a children’s choir myself. In the choir I sang in, there was a little girl, who had a very hard time standing still when she was singing with the group. She wanted to jump and dance and move to the music, and I loved her energy. She reminded me of myself when I was her age. I wished that every singer in our group was as energetic and alive as her, because it would engage the audience and add a ‘realness’ factor. Unfortunately, she did not do well in the choir, and ended up being held back because she did not conform with the other singers. I decided to start my own choir one day, where children like her are allowed to show their energy.
I started preparing for the choir when I was 20. I did lots of research, learned how to make business connections, and created a website. I honestly thought that I was only doing it all for fun, because I was a bit bored, but when people started signing up, I was surprised and terrified.
I did not intend to conduct the choir myself, all I wanted to do was manage it. I searched and searched to find a music student to conduct, but I could not. The day before the first practice, I realized that I would have to do it, and started You-tubing how to conduct a choir.
The journey has not been easy, and I am learning new things every day. However, this group is my whole life. These people are my sun and stars, they are my family, and all my love belongs to them. Leading this group is my joy, my raison d’etre. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!!!