Eight Village Singers convened last week for our first rehearsal, and you are welcome to join us. Our goal is to create joyous and participatory musical experiences where volunteers sing while they work at place-making sites during this year’s Village Building Convergence. Studies of cultures where people live long, vibrant and healthy lives find that singing together is common. Come help us “thrive it up” through creating a culture of shared songs.
Our repertoire is inspired by the “Singing Alive” tradition that is emerging in Cascadia. We select tunes that are fairly easy to learn, have multiple parts, and are beautiful, energizing and fun to sing. Our lyrics celebrate community-building and living in good relationship with our planet.
You don’t have to be an accomplished singer to participate in our choir. We do request that you attend weekly rehearsals regularly for the next couple of months, and that you practice at home enough to be able to sing your part. Rehearsals are every Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. in southeast Portland.
We will also invite musicians to serenade volunteers while they work, especially in their own neighborhoods. Our hope is that these musical offerings will reflect the cultural diversity of the place-making neighborhoods. Let us know of folks who would like to share their music-making at Village Building Convergence place-making sites.
Contact Melanie Rios for more information and directions at firstname.lastname@example.org.