Why Choral Singing?
William Byrd “It doth strengthen all parts of the brest, & doth open the pipes.” From Why Learne to Sing? Preface to “Psalms, Sonets, and Songs of Sadnes and Pietie, 1588
James Stewart “We sing to express. We sing to cope.” Read More
Brian Eno “I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness, and a better sense of humor.” see more at This I Believe
NPR Singing in a chorus appears to help diminish hearing-loss! see more
Choral Connection Many studies offer scientific evidence of the physical and social benefits of choral singing — click here to read more from a 2019 comprehensive survey of these papers.
Anne Lamott tells of her journey out of a life of drug and alcohol addiction. She says about being enveloped by singing during that time, “Something inside me that was stiff and rotting would feel soft and tender. Somehow the singing wore down the all boundaries that kept me so isolated. Standing with them to sing, sometimes so shaky and sick that I felt like I might tip over, I felt bigger than myself, like I was being taken care of, tricked into coming back to life.” (from Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott, pp. 47-48)
Community Music Victoria “In a society that worships experts, excellence and consumption, we’ve forgotten that the most valuable aspect of music is actually making it. There’s nothing wrong with concert-going or CD-buying, but it’s through actively making music that the most profound joys and fulfillment can be found…. Making harmony in the moment is a joyful and up-lifting experience – a tangible manifestation of our dreams of oneness through diversity.”