Here, at long last, is a detailed, initial description of what we have in mind about creating a Peace & Justice Solidarity Singers group. We are excited and have set a first meeting time to get together and see who all is interested, and what ideas you all have as well.
Our rehearsal schedule will be the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 6 – 8 PM, and the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 3:30 – 5:30PM – and all will be at the Friends Meeting House.
Please invite others to join us, and let us know of anyone who might be interested in being our Director.
We would love it if you could let us know whether or not you plan to come, but it is not a requirement. - Also, please pass this on to friends who may be interested. We definitely want this chorus to be as inclusive as possible.
Thanks, Betty Ball and Matt Nicodemus
Vision Description of Peace & Solidarity Singers
Imagine you show up to take part in a public action to make the world a better place and find a spirited group of singers there, performing songs that fit the occasion perfectly, inspire and educate you and your fellow participants, and invite everyone to join in and make joyous, powerful music together. Or perhaps you knew in advance that this activist chorus would be at the action and that made you want to attend all the more.
Imagine you’re a social-environmental organizer who’s looking to add an exciting, creative-artistic, empowering element to your events, something that will help attract and bring people together for your cause, and something that will leave them wanting to come back for more.
Imagine you love singing and want to experience the amazing feeling that comes with melding your expression with others’ voices in chorus for peace, social justice, and environmental protection. You want to improve your musical abilities, learn lots of new songs, and become better educated about the many important issues facing the world.
Imagine you’re a community that is blessed with the presence of a large, wonderfully talented, super-tight, boisterously enthusiastic ensemble of “peace and solidarity singers” that not only sends out contingents to add beauty and depth to local changemaking activities but also holds regular, full-chorale concerts which bring citizens together to share a common vision of global well-being and explore how they can each and in cooperation make a difference toward making that vision reality.
We’re imagining all of these things, and working to bring into existence that “peace & justice solidarity singers” group, and we think YOU are the sort or person, or organization, that would love to become part of this project. We’re seeking singers, musical directors, composers and lyricists, arrangers, voice instructors, progressive activists of all interests and persuasions, funders, event producers, publicists, graphic artists, and everyone else whose contributions are needed for effort to get off the ground and soaring high and far.
Please contact us if you have any desire to in any way be part of our grand warbling for a better way of life and a healthier, happier planet. We eagerly await your involvement!
P.S. Right from the start, we’ll be gathering together songs that may become part of our singing group’s repertoire. If you have any songs to suggest, especially songs which already have arrangements for choral performance, we’d love to hear them.
Aster Arwen, Elicia Arwen, Matt Nicodemus, Betty Ball