Living Room Choir is a culture of joy, stress-reduction, and meaningful connection with self and others.

Living Room Choir is part of the international Ubuntu Choirs Network. It was started in 2015 by Kaitie Ty Warren*. Our goal is to create a safe, holistic, musical space of harmony – between one another, in our hearts, and with our voices. Inclusion is key: not only for all parts of ourselves, but for each other, regardless of background, age, creed, ability, race, and other identifications. We value diversity and expression. Our concerts range in size, are gifts to the community, and we always get the audience singing. We like to partner with  local musicians and other local choirs, seeing fellow singing groups as allies, to be greeted like neighbors. In community, as the song by I-cheie Greentree says, we will lift each other up, higher and higher.


“I am, because you are. I need you to be you so that I can be me. A choir is a choir only because its different parts work together harmoniously. Yes, a person truly is a person only through other persons. God bless you in your noble endeavour.”

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
regarding the Ubuntu Choirs Network

Ubuntu
u·bun·tu
o͝oˈbo͝on(t)o͞o/noun

  1. A quality that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity.
  2.  I am, because we are.

“We cannot all speak at once, but we can all sing at once.” – musician Zwai Bala.

 


About Kaitie Ty Warren
and the history of Living Room Choir

Kaitie Ty Warren’s own vocal journey has taken her through decades of theatre work, singing, speech and public performance. Training with some of the best vocal teachers in the Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and the Pacific Northwest, her experience ranges from opera and classical singing, to revolutionary Fitzmaurice and Full Voice techniques. Directly after finishing her BA in Theater & Music, she received a Playwright Scholarship from an Israeli organization, and went to to live and write abroad for nearly a year in the Negev Desert.

From 2005-2008 she founded ran a successful theater company in Seattle, performing mostly in live productions, then returned to her hometown of Los Angeles, where she focused primarily on film and TV. While living and performing in LA, she found the Goldenbridge Community Choir, an Ubuntu Choir, which changed her entire outlook on music – and relationship with her voice.

After moving to the Bay Area in 2015, the lessons and music she had learned at Goldenbridge stayed with her. She began inviting friends over to sing in the living room – a practice that quickly became a recurring, and expanding, weekly singing circle. One year into it, the blossoming Living Room Choir raised the money to send her to the Community Choir Leadership Training (CCLT) for the Ubuntu Choirs Network in Victoria, Canada. This made  Living Room Choir the first Ubuntu Choir in the Bay Area; our nearest Ubuntu neighbors are the Free Range Singers in Davis.

Kaitie is an Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-200 from Core Power Yoga), has a father with Parkinson’s, and has studied with heavyweights in the Parkinson’s therapy community of the Bay Area. In March of 2017, after years of being involved with Yoga for Parkinson’s, she formed a Parkinson’s Voice Class called Be Heard!

Passionate about waking people up to their own full potential of body, voice and harmonic expression, Kaitie is dedicated to creating safe, communal spaces for humans of all ages to play and get silly together. She writes, performs, shares her original music, has recorded four audiobooks, and in her spare time, draws cartoons.

Visit her website KaitieTyWarren.com for more of what she does.