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Across the world community choirs are on the rise. The many benefits of group singing include social engagement and sense of belonging; release of tension and anxiety; increased sense of well-being, calmness and resolution; cardio vascular and respiratory health; alleviation of muscle tension and physical aches and pains; enhanced listening skills; an improvement in general alertness; and elevated endorphins.

Chris Maclean’s “Song Kitchen Choir” has been everything I hoped to get out of being in a community choir. It provides an excellent balance of warm-up exercises, short and interesting vocal pieces, and longer songs that our group could really dig into. I especially appreciate that songs from other cultures and in other languages were included. These excursions help us step outside ourselves and try on different voices. This is very important, because people all over the world understand that it’s their birthright to sing, but this is not necessarily encouraged in all cultures, especially in settings where the emphasis is placed on achievement rather than engagement. Personally, I felt that I finally had “permission” to sing, to make mistakes and laugh, and to lean on others in the group without fear of generating resentment. That kind of group atmosphere only happens with a wise and compassionate choir leader, which Chris herself most certainly is! Peter MacGibbon, Wakefield

Chris facilitates 4 sessions of Community Choir each week, two in Wakefield, QC and two in Ottawa.

THE SONG KITCHEN COMMUNITY CHOIR - WAKEFIELD
MONDAY EVENINGs from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
and TUESDAY AFTERNOONs from 12:30 – 2:00PM
at The Wakefield La Pêche Community Centre

Your registration allows you to attend EITHER, or BOTH, Mon & Tues sessions.

The Song Kitchen Choir is an a cappella, non-auditioned community choir for singers of all abilities. The songs are taught mostly by ear and come from many spiritual, cultural and musical (including folk/roots, pop, gospel and world music) traditions. We sing in unison, round (canon) and multi-part harmony. The songs range in difficulty from easy to moderately challenging.

We share the joy of singing and harmonizing in the company of others, while building vocal skill and confidence as we go. Depending upon the group’s desire to do so, the choir may perform for family and friends at the end of the session. Regardless, at no time is there an obligation to perform  – the focus of this choir is on the weekly singing.

The SONG KITCHEN is not associated with any particular religion or spiritual path and singers of all levels are welcome. There is no audition required, and the ability to read music, although an asset, is not necessary.

Why is it called The Song Kitchen, you might ask? The name refers to gathering together in a warm and inviting atmosphere where we prepare, blend, simmer and spice the songs on the menu – each song a recipe that we follow, while spontaneously adding the occasional pinch of unique flavour. It is not a pick-up choir, or a jam session.

DATES:
Mondays (17-weeks):
FALL SEASON: ends January 23, 2017 (January drop-ins welcome)
WINTER/SPRING SEASON: FEBRUARY 13 – JUNE (no choir on Easter Monday) (end date tbd)

Tuesdays (17-weeks)
FALL SEASON: ends January 24, 2017 (January drop-ins welcome)
WINTER/SPRING SEASON: FEBRUARY 14 – JUNE (end date tbd)

COST: $175 (tax included) for 17-weeks (payment plans are available if you register in person, ie not online)
Dropins: $15 each
This is a member driven choir, so if you can, please pay the full amount – aside from the weekly choir session, the fees cover hours of prep and travel for the choir director and rental of the hall.

For more information about the choir please contact, Chris at artstraveler(at)gmail.com or 613 316-1396
To register, visit http://www.centrewakefieldlapeche.ca OR call 819 459-2025

THE SONG KITCHEN COMMUNITY CHOIR – OTTAWA
THURSDAYS 1:30 - 3PM

Saint Margaret Mary Church, Sunnyside at Fairbairn St., Ottawa, ON

(2 blocks east of Bank in Ottawa South) Enter by the side door off the driveway facing Fairbairn

Exactly like the Song Kitchen Choir in Wakefield, this choir is about sharing the joy of singing and harmonizing in the company of others, while building vocal skill and confidence as we go.

DATES: (17 weeks)
FALL SEASON: ends January 26, 2017 (January drop-ins welcome)
WINTER/SPRING SEASON: FEBRUARY 16 - JUNE (end date tbd)

COST: $170 for the 17-week season
– sliding scale or postdated payment is possible – please speak to Chris directly
This is a member driven choir, so if you can, please pay the full amount – aside from the weekly choir session, the fees cover hours of prep and travel for the choir director and rental of the hall.
Dropins: $15 each

ONE WORLD CHOIR - Celebrating diversity through song
For IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES from ALL CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS
EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:30pm - 8:00pm until JUNE 21 (no choir on FEBRUARY 1 or MARCH 8)
BRONSON CENTRE, 211 Bronson Ave – Rm. 221, OTTAWA

COST: FREE
coordinated by World Folk Music Ottawa
TO REGISTER: email Alicia Borisonik • or call 819-329-4850
or just show up!
Sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation

TESTIMONIALS:

Chris MacLean makes you feel completely at home in the choir, no matter what your musical background might be.  She is highly knowledgeable, creates a warm and inclusive atmosphere which promotes happy and meaningful singing. If you want a place to sing freely for the pure love of music, you’ve found a home with Chris MacLean. Regiena Heringa, , Wakefield

I've sung in a few choirs in my time and have a fair amount of formal music training and I love coming to Chris's choir along with my friend who has no music training whatsoever. The choice of songs gives my heart great joy and the way they are taught has us sounding fine amazingly quickly. There is melody, great harmony and lots of laughter. I always feel great singing in this choir. Peggy Campbell, Wakefield

There is something primal about singing with other people - it is easy to forget how much joy music can bring to our lives. The Song Kitchen Community Choir, driven by Chris MacLean, offers a safe, fun environment for veteran singers and beginners alike. Sweet, sweet harmonies, for one, for all. Come sing! Tina Therrien, Wakefield

Every time you look at these (a bouquet of beautiful flowers), know from the beauty you see and the joy you feel, how much pleasure you have brought into my life. Annick Landry, Wakefield

Thank you so much for bringing the Song Kitchen Choir to the Wakefield area.  I have enjoyed the singing so very much.  The rounds are a lot of fun, and I love the way the 4-part harmony pieces flow through my head and make me smile!! The South-African songs are amazing and so uplifting! I hope that this choir will grow and that we can spread our joy - ‘Together in Song’!
Thank you for the Music! Doreen Lemieux, Wakefield

I have always loved choral music from listening to Choral Concert on CBC Sunday mornings to loving groups like the Good Lovlies and Great Big Sea.  Joining the Song Kitchen Choir this year has been a wonderful opportunity for me to finally raise my own voice in song with a group of other people who like to sing. It has been a delight to realize that I too can sing in harmony. Your choice of songs have been varied, a bit challenging and always fun. I am very much looking forward to being in the choir next year and I encourage anyone who loves music to give it a try. Leslie Mills, Wakefield

I wasn't expecting the choir to sound as good as it did since most (if not all) of the singers are untrained -- particularly the harmonies, which I thought sounded so beautiful! Andrea Rowe, Wakefield

I joined the Song Kitchen Choir not knowing what to expect. I'm not a strong singer but can keep on tune...sort of. What I found was a group of people who were just like me! We had a lot of fun learning to sing together.  What I liked about Chris MacLean was her ability to teach us songs and make it easy and fun. We always learned new short songs and could do it in rounds. I looked forward to Monday night singing with the group. Barb McMillan, Wakefield

Chris Maclean’s “Song Kitchen Choir” has been everything I hoped to get out of being in a community choir. It provides an excellent balance of warm-up exercises, short and interesting vocal pieces, and longer songs that our group could really dig into. I especially appreciate that songs from other cultures and in other languages were included. These excursions help us step outside ourselves and try on different voices. This is very important, because people all over the world understand that it’s their birthright to sing, but this is not necessarily encouraged in all cultures, especially in settings where the emphasis is placed on achievement rather than engagement. Personally, I felt that I finally had “permission” to sing, to make mistakes and laugh, and to lean on others in the group without fear of generating resentment. That kind of group atmosphere only happens with a wise and compassionate choir leader, which Chris herself most certainly is! Peter MacGibbon, Wakefield

I found your Song Kitchen to be a choir where the hearts rather than the voices did the singing.  However, under your gentle tutelage, our voices gained finesse, volume and passion and took on a collaborate voice of its own.  Your encouragement gave us confidence to reach both inward and outward and to develop our sound, to listen to you and to one another and to feel the power of music with its complex rhythms, unlimited melodies and meaningful lyrics. You are a talented musician and I much appreciated my entire experience with the Song Kitchen.  Thanks so much! Sally Swan, Wakefield

I am one of those people, who only 10 months ago would have firmly declined singing out loud, let alone singing in a choir ... but under Chris MacLean's graceful, empowering, conscientious guidance and teaching, I have experienced the rich joy of joining others in song.  I encourage folks to join Wakefield's Kitchen choir next fall.  It is so much fun!!! Ilse turnsen, Wakefield

Not knowing what to expect from a song kitchen choir, I was pleasantly surprised to meet Chris, who is down-to-earth and welcoming of everyone, regardless of musical ability. Her attitude inspired success and her broad range of music kept us fully engaged throughout each session. It was always surprising how quickly she was able to get us all singing in different harmonies with so little practice. Each evening was fun and uplifting. I'm looking forward to the next one! Jisèle Charlton, Wakefield

Rise Up choir has freed me to sing more often and out loud at home. The group and the songs lift my spirits and I am energized at the end of each session. I am so happy I was introduced to it by a friend. Elaine O’Reilly, Ottawa

Thank you for your inspiring leadership of the group.  At the end of every Thursday session, I leave with a soaring spirit. Brian Jeanes, Ottawa

Chris is a wonderful voice teacher! I'm an experienced singer and performer, and have sung in many different groups and settings, but I have never worked with a choir leader who helped me to improve my voice as much as Chris has done. Her attention to proper breathing, posture, and tone, and her use of innovative vocal exercises and techniques is far and away the best voice training I've ever had in a choral group setting. Pat Lucey, Ottawa

Before joining Chris's community choir, I had never experienced the beauty of singing in a group and hearing other voices blend with my own. It often left me with goosebumps. It is an amazing feel good experience that leaves you wanting more. Dany Belanger, Ottawa

 

QUICK LINKS

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR
The Song Kitchen Community Choir

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR
The Rise Up Singing Community Choir

Chris is a graduate of the Community Choir Leadership Training given by Shivon Robinsong and Denis Donnelly (leaders of the reknowned Gettin' Higher Choir in Victoria) and a member of the Ubuntu Choir Network.