One World Community Choir
& Social Club
Welcome! We meet every Monday night throughout the year, and you can join anytime. Next session starts January 7th.
with Betsy Sansby & Alan Dworsky No matter how long it's been since you sang in a choir, if you love to sing in the shower, can carry a tune, and are looking for a place to sing with your clothes on, there's a spot for you in the One World Community Choir.
Join anytime. No auditions required! Repertoire: You'll learn a mixture of beautiful multi-part songs from around the world: Scottish ballads, songs from Africa, hypnotic chants from India, and the best of American roots. Our motto is: If we love it, we'll teach it. Non-religious focus.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere in class is fun and relaxed. We only teach great songs, so you'll never be bored. And we like to sink in and take our time, so you’ll never feel rushed or pressured to go too fast—only to enjoy the ride.
What is it? The One World Community Choir & Social Club is more than a choir. It’s “a thang.” That began almost seven years ago as a class Betsy offered through Hopkins Community Ed. She and her husband, Al Dworsky, joined forces and the class grew into the One World Community Choir & Social Club.
The members are a friendly bunch who come to sing--but also do a fair amount of laughing, eating, and socializing as well. Everybody cares about the music, but nobody cares if you mess up. And we all care a lot about each other.
Most choirs spend most of their time preparing for performances. We sing for our own pleasure. Occasionally we do sing at community events or benefits, but these are always treated as appearances rather than performances. And we always teach our audiences something so they can join in the fun.
Where and when does it meet? We meet every Monday night, year round, from 7 to 8:30 PM at Eisenhower Community Center, room 233 (Hwy 7 and 12th in Hopkins). To register, click here.
Fee: First session is free for guests. $79 for each 10-week session—or $10 per class. (Wow, that’s cheaper than yoga and you don’t even have to wear tights.). Join us anytime. We’ll prorate your fee.
Who are Betsy and Al? Betsy Sansby and Alan Dworsky are a couple who conduct the choir with the same comedic imperfection they bring to their marriage. Betsy trained at the Community Choir Leadership Program in Victoria, Canada. She is the producer and primary performer on her "Betsy's Teaching CDs for Community Choir Leaders" series. Alan is a classically trained piano player and former rock musician, lawyer, and legal writing instructor. He’s also a hand drum teacher, and together with Betsy has written eight award-winning books on drumming and rhythm. Betsy’s also a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
Alan also teaches African Drumming for Beginners through Hopkins Community Ed on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 PM. During the summer, the class meets at their home in Minnetonka. Visitors are always welcome, but no drop-ins, please, except during Summer Session.