Laura Sandage

 
 

Choir

Singing with friends can make you feel on top of the world! 

Choral singing has been one of the great joys in my life, from my start in the Kennedy Jr. High Chamber Singers to the Vocal Art Ensemble to the Free Range Singers! 

The choirs I lead now are a way to offer that joy to those around me.

In the fall of 2011, I attended the Community Choir Leadership Training program, led by Shivon Robinsong and Denis Donnelly, in Victoria, B.C.  I studied what it means to lead community choruses where all voices are welcome, where singing is treated as a natural birthright, not a privileged gift of the talented few.  We explored methods to help pitch-challenged singers and ways to build a sense of emotional safety in a group that may include people previously wounded in musical or religious settings. We sang many, many wonderful songs.

The Free Range Singers, the sweet fruit of that adventure, are part of a larger movement afoot in the world-- a movement toward community in song: simple, human, low-tech, high-reward.  For more information about this broader community, check out:

The Ubuntu Choirs Network

Natural Voice Practitioners Network

Songs for the Great Turning