SCHEDULE FOR THE CITYWIDE NEW SINGERS' SINGING
The new Citywide New Singers' Singing will be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month in the months of December, January, and February.
ABOUT THE CITYWIDE NEW SINGERS' SINGING
This singing event is a continuation of the New Singers' Singing at Comfort Station in Logan Square, which was started this past July and ended for the season at the end of November. These singings at Comfort Station have helped many people have their first experiences in Sacred Harp singing. From the many new participants who keep on coming back, it has been clear that people have really been enjoying themselves at these events.
As with the singings at Comfort Station, the Citywide New Singers' Singing is geared toward helping first time visitors and newer Sacred Harp singers gain confidence and grow as Sacred Harp singers at a comfortable pace. At each event, one or more event facilitators provide a mixture of informal sharing about the core elements of Sacred Harp singing and direction on singing through selected tunes. Although there are facilitators, the focus is on the singing and providing opportunities for participants to interact with each other. There is a lot of space for participants to ask questions, make comments, and have discussions. In regards to these singing events, perhaps Robert Raymond sums it up best with his comments on the 11/23/2013 Comfort Station event, "So much fun! I'm always smiling when I'm singing with this group."
The Citywide New Singers' Singing at Comfort Station in Logan Square will continue back up in March. If momentum during December, January, and February continues to grow as it has been, another new singers' group may pop up in March on another day, time and location.
A SPECIAL NOTE FOR EXPERIENCED SINGERS
Althought this singing event is geared toward new Sacred Harp singers and building a community of new Sacred Harp singers in Chicago, it is also well suited for more experienced Sacred Harp singers at all levels. First, experienced Sacred Harp singers can can continue to grow in their sight reading skills through the unique event format of singing through each of the four parts before singing together in four part harmony. Second, experienced Sacred Harp singers of all levels can gain confidence in their leadership skills as singers by lending their voices on the songs they know well. This can help new singers to have strong voices to follow as they are just starting to learn their parts. Finally, there is a strong focus on helping all of us in the Chicago Sacred Harp singing community grow as informal teachers for each other. Since so much of the learning in Sacred Harp singing takes place outside of formal instruction, you'll have lots of opportunities to share your experiences and knowledge with newcomers to Sacred Harp singing.
1:45 - 2:00 pm : Arrive at location, meet others, & help set up
2:00 - 3:00 pm : Singing tunes, informal sharing, & discussion
3:00 - 3:15 pm : Snack break (bring something to share)
3:15 - 4:00 pm : Singing tunes, informal sharing, & discussion
4:00 - 4:15 pm : Packing up, saying farewells, & folding chairs
4:15 - ??? : Optional socializing for those who wish at
nearby coffee shops/restaurants
Please Note: This event schedule is important because the rental agreements for many singing locations will be for 1:45 pm to 4:15 pm. You'll get the most out of the singing event if you arrive several minutes before the singing. However, please attend the event as your schedule allows, no matter what time you need to arrive. After the event, it is typically important for us to vacate the venue by 4:15 pm due to the rental agreements. However, people are encouraged to meet individually with others, in small groups, or as a whole group after the event at nearby establishments, as they wish and as they are able.
The event is technically free to attend, however, there are rental costs associated with the event. Free will donations will be collected, and participants are invited to give as they are able. Some people can give more and some people can give little, and that is up to each person. Rental costs vary, but generally speaking, the group will break even if there are 20-30 people who contribute around $5 each. Any shortfalls will be covered by a fund held by the Chicago Sacred Harp Singers. Any excess contributions will be deposited into that fund. Checks can be made to "Chicago Sacred Harp Singers," which is a registered non-profit organization, and receipts can be provided for tax purposes.
If you cannot contribute anything, please still plan on attending. Your presence is the most important thing you can give to the singing event.