In high school or college, you could join a choir. But now what?
You miss the pleasure of gathering with friends and singing just for the fun of it. That's why we are inviting you to join us as we rediscover a lost American art form called community singing. A hundred years ago, it was common for people of every neighborhood to gather together and sing. Singing with your neighbors is healthy for you and is healthy for building connections that are based upon something that actually matters to you.
FCS is not a choir, and you don't even have to be a great singer. You only have to be fun to sing with. This fellowship aims to encourage you to reclaim your capacity to create community and music through the sheer enjoyment of singing with others. For the first couple years of FCS's existence, we sang a Cappella Hymns and Sacred* music in SATB harmony. As of June 2014, we have begun a new season, where we sing a wider variety of songs. You must be able to sing your part as a soprano, alto, tenor, or bass.
Singing sessions are typically held on the first and third Sundays of the month at 6:30pm. No audition or commitments are required. If you are creative and have talents in music, theater or improvisation that's a serious contribution to the fun and imaginative spirit of our group. If you are interested in being a section leader, contact David Rager.
Will you have an opportunity to perform the songs you learn at FCS? Not usually. Every once in awhile we perform, but it's not our main focus. We like to sing at the nursing home down the street once or twice a year, and we've done a few other random fun things. We also tend to carol at Zilker Park around Christmas* time.
To hear an essay by Brian Eno on NPR regarding the value of community singing, click here.
*Many of us grew up with a religious setting where we sang a lot (that's part of how we learned to sing :). Of course you're welcome to take away whatever meaning you like from the songs, but please respect our choices to not make this group about religion :).