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Napa Valley College Chorale Wants Your Smile

Napa Valley College Chorale Wants Your Smile

COVID-19 has drastically affected performing arts all over the world. At Napa Valley College, we are harnessing the available technology as best we can to bridge the gap the pandemic has created between performers.

Dr. Christina Howell, coordinator of music/director of vocal studies is working with the NVC Chorale to rehearse “I Smile” by Kirk Franklin, a song about how even when times are tough, we can still smile through it and keep moving forward. In that vein, we are soliciting photos of smiles. The cheesiest, the silliest, the most handsome, the most toothless, the slyest, the sweetest, the craziest, the most jack-o-lantern-like – or whatever – smile you can come up with. Photos will. be included in a slideshow to go along with our virtual performance to demonstrate how the Napa Valley College community is keeping our heads up in this difficult time.

NVC Chorale Virtual Concert

Friday, December 11, 2020, 7 pm
Concert will be presented online…link will be shared at a later date.

If you’re willing to share your smile, here’s what to do:

  • Take a candid photo
  • Professional photographs are nice, but they don’t really communicate what we are after.
  • Either a selfie or a photo that someone else captures would be fine.
  • Make sure the photo is a JPEG
  • Send your picture to by November 13, 2020

Thank you for considering being a part of our Fall 2020 project. We’re all looking forward to including your smile!


What should the picture include?

  • The candid picture should include your smiling face.
  • The best shots will be close enough to include the shoulders, up.
  • Did you really mean it when you said “toothless”? Yes! We are hoping for a LOT of diversity in this slideshow.

Can I include others in my picture?

  • Absolutely! Feel free to include the smiling face of any other being you would like.
  • A baby grandchild just developing her toothless smile? Great!
  • A doggie who has a great grin? Awesome!
  • Pictures of several NVC community members together, is even better!

Can I use my phone to take the picture?

  • Definitely. Taking a snapshot with the phone is a great way to get a picture.
  • Just make sure your phone is creating JPEG images.

Can I share this request with others?

  • Please do! Feel free to forward this email message with instructions to any other member of the Napa Valley College community. We would love to include their smile!

What if I have other questions?

If you have any other questions at all, please feel free to reach out to Christina Howell:, M’Kormik T. Hamilton: or