The You Gotta Sing! Chorus officially launched in the summer of 2011 with 19 shining members. We now have over 375 people coming out to sing every week! We all blossom when given the opportunity to sing in a safe, non-judgmental circle of song.
“The more, the merrier” and “come one, come all” have been at the centre of our choir model from the very beginning. With our ever-growing membership, however, I recently made the very difficult decision to create a Wait List for newcomers who wish to join our choir. With a choir of our size, it is important to make sure that folks can see the director, can feel comfortable in the singing space, and can connect and get to know each other a little better at rehearsals and events.
I believe that we all we all deserve to have a safe singing space where we find acceptance, joy, and freedom as we let our voices, and indeed our very selves, find expression.
YGS will continue to present many BIG SING community events and workshops that welcome all. Keep checking in with our Home Page for updated details on exciting offerings.
We also actively support and promote other choirs in HRM who offer similar open-access, inclusive, and safe singing opportunities. Leading others in song has been deeply transformational and healing for me. We need more song leaders in our world.
If you feel that spark of desire, or even curiosity about what it might be like to get the harmonies cooking in your circle, you can check out the incredible team of Shivon Robinsong and Denis Donnelly, my dear teachers, and their transformational program: Community Choir Leadership Training
What a gift to encourage others to sing! It changes lives, one song at a time, and is available to us all.
~Song lyrics by Hal David; music by Burt Bacharach
“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come” Chinese Proverb
The singing heart. A vulnerable space of tender beginnings, tentative vibrations, emotion and spirit desiring to be released. To send our song out freely feels like a wish, a whisper, sometimes a cage, and when fully realized a bursting forth, freedom, belonging, and cause for celebration!
I am blessed to receive people’s stories of voice and singing. These stories of hurt and hope, shared often with a self-deprecating laugh or wistful, watery eyes tell of times when the person was told to “mouth the words” or to “not sing.” When the love of singing overshadows the fear of others (or our own) judgement about our voices, the resulting magic can change lives.
Singing is our birthright. Our voices claim our space, speak our truth, and celebrate our wild and powerful beauty. Senseless and thoughtless voices can tear great rifts in our confidence and momentarily unseat us.
Let this be a new moment. Let the great hum of the wonder-full world around you set your lips vibrating with the gentle, internal sound that lets you know that you are here. You have a voice. You don’t have to sound pretty. You don’t have to be an idol. You don’t even have to be good.
The same vulnerability you feel when you sing is exactly the shining thing that I love about your sound. So, add your sound to the symphony of life going on around you all the time. The ache, the hurt, the wonder, the joy … it’s all there in the texture, tone, breath, timbre, and rhythm of you!
And we should be so lucky to hear you…