Whether on Zoom or in person the format is the same.
To begin each practice tuning in to the body and breath – through movement, sighing & stretching.
Then a brief vocal warm-up / building vocal skills and healthy vocal habits.
We usually work on 4 songs. The repertoire is soulful, groovy, fun or thought provoking. Stylistically, it's a smorgasbord – for instance, in a recent 6-week session, we sang: a West African song; a U2 song (Irish rock band from the 80’s); a Bulgarian folk song; a groovy roots chant; a traditional Hungarian song; a brain teaser round; a call & response; something by the American folk band, The Woods Brothers; and a song from a 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. We’ve also played with some simple body percussion (lots of laughs!). We typically work on songs for more than a week at a time except for the really short, warm-up songs.
We finish with the group toning together, ending in silence.
Lyrics to full length or complex songs, are sent out before each class. Registered choir members have the added benefit of downloadable tracks to practice with, after the song has been taught.
Everything is taught by ear. In all we do, participants are encouraged to participate to the best of their ability and desire. Everyone is welcome, no matter what their level of expertise, ability or confidence. Shy or reluctant singers are helped along by the stronger, more confident singers (this especially pertains to the in-person choir). Having fun and creating an atmosphere of inclusiveness are high on the list of priorities!
Bring water or something to sip on; and wear comfy shoes and clothes.