Recharge your Soul Batteries by Singing with Te Martin, Aaron Johnson, Deborah Leeds, and me! Plus, Fall Schedule Preview!

In this time of tremendous upheaval and uncertainty within our culture, it seems to be all the more important that we continue to gather as community, and sing. Much research has been done about the medical benefits of singing – and those benefits augment when singing in a group. Personally I have found singing in a group to be one of the most uplifting, healing, and healthy practices I have found on the planet. That’s no understatement.

We have some AMAZING guest and co-leaders coming up this month. This week I am out of town but choir sings on …

This Thursday, 8/8, we have Te Martin leading!

Theresa “Te” Martin believes that Song is a collaborator in healing earth and resisting empire. She lives on Coast Miwok land at Green Gulch Farm, is an organizer of the Thrive Street Choir, the Assistant Director of Music As Medicine Project, and a songleader at herchurch. She has been leading community song circles around the country for the past two years, is a bicycle enthusiast, and a lover of all things circus. Her music is available on SoundCloud.

The following Thursday, 8/15, we will have Deborah Leeds co-leading!
Deborah is a beloved and enthusiastic Living Room Choir member who over the years has deepened her involvement musically, even leading a song here and there for previous concerts. She recently completed a songleader’s training with the fabulous Heather Houston in Santa Cruz, and co-leading the Living Room Choir this month will be an opportunity to debut some of her newfound skills! We can’t wait to see (and hear) what she will bring.

Thursday 8/22 will feature Aaron Johnson as co-leader! Aaron Johnson is an earth builder, teacher of closeness, and activist, who has made a lifelong commitment to use the skills he possesses to end racism. In addition to using intimacy and closeness to blackness as a primary means to that end, the tools he frequently uses are speaking, teaching, singing, photography, filmmaking, and minimalism. Aaron leads a mentoring program called Turn It Up Now that focuses on elevating the power, talent, love, and work ethic of youth. He believes that deep connection is one of the most powerful tools one can use in dismantling racism. Visit his website for more.

And then, Thursday 8/29, it will be Kaitie Ty Warren (me) leading the Living Room Choir, before we take a short break and resume for our FALL SESSION!

Living Room Choir meetings happen on

  • Thursday Nights, 7-8:30pm
  • At the Grace Lutheran Church 15 Santa Fe Ave, El Cerrito CA (bordered by Kensington and Albany)
  • $30-20 sliding scale per drop-in
  • Please come scent-free
  • Invite your friends – no musical experience is necessary!
STAY TUNED for another email detailing the upcoming Fall Session!
Fall rehearsals happen mid-September through mid-December, following the same Thursday night schedule. It will culminate in a concert the weekend of December 14th.
I can’t wait to sing with you! Please tell anyone and everyone you know who you think needs more singing in their lives – they are welcome.
love and light,
Kaitie Ty

Evelie joins us tomorrow!

Original choir member Evelie Delfino Såles Posch will join us as co-leader tomorrow, Thursday 7/18! Evelie gave us some of our favorite songs during our very first session, and we’re excited to have her back for an evening, co-leading with Kaitie Ty Warren!

Join us Thursday 7/18, 7-8:30pm, 15 Santa Fe (Grace Lutheran Church) to sing and play with us ❤ $30-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds. Please come scent-free.
Evelie Delfino Såles Posch is a sacred song singer/writer, multi-instrumentalist, actress/storyteller, recording heartist, choral and ensemble director, music educator, yogini, Babaylan, Pranic/Shamanic healing practitioner, Certfied Sound Healer/Therapist, Intuitive Coach, directs Kismat-Mahal Kirtan Ens. {KSME ~ has performed for Burning Man, Carnaval Zona Verde, The BIG One Eco-fest, Harmony Fest, Himalayan Fair, Michael Franti’s Power to the Peaceful}, Mahal EthnoFusion Music, Merry Minstrels holiday music, Zingara Brasilian jazz.

Evelie sings in 33 languages/dialects in genres ranging from classical to ecstatic to improvisational.


This week with Mark Growden!


Our guest co-leader this Thursday will be Mark Growden! Mark Growden is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, music educator, visual artist, and the founder and artistic director of SF SingFest, The Chromatic Community Music Center, The Calling All Choir, and The San Francisco Jaw Harp Choir. He has been facilitating community sings in North America and abroad for over 25 years. Mark has devoted his life to making music for other people and to helping other people make music for themselves.

The Living Room Choir (Drop-In evenings through the summer) are led by Kaitie Ty Warren, a community builder and song leader who is known for her playful and inclusive style.

Open to all, no auditions, community-focused and socially engaged, join us to sing through several songs per night in a call-and-response learning style after a short warm up. No need to bring anything except your capacity for exploration and joy!

We believe:
– singing is an essential human birthright and a powerful source of energy and connection
– singing together is a potent tool for building community
– singing in harmony teaches us to celebrate diversity and to practice deep listening

Our suggested sliding scale is $30-20 per evening; simply talk to us if money is a barrier and we will work it out. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Know that, by paying within the full sliding scale, you are contributing to everyone being there.

Grace Lutheran Church: 15 Santa Fe Ave · El Cerrito, CA

How to find us: Enter through the main church doors on Santa Fe Avenue at the corner of Ward Avenue. We’re in the main sanctuary space.

Ben Kramarz is with us next week!

What a beautiful evening our first Summer Drop In was tonight! We sang 7 songs –

  • Ole O (Ghana)
  • Trust in the Magic of the Mystery (by Karly Loveling, Eugene OR)
  • I Am Me (Paul Barton)
  • Bambelela (Zulu children’s song)
  • Meli E (John Bowker, inspired by and dedicated to the Baka and Mbuti people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • The High Desert Song (original Kaitie Ty Warren)
  • Go Singing (Sirenz)

Next week, Ben Kramarz joins us. Ben describes himself as “the Jewish Raffi” and I’ve seen it with my own eyes. He’s the author of A Guide to Songleading and Communal Singing and is deeply passionate about creating sustainable musical cultures. Growing up in the Camp Towanga culture (his dad was the Exec. Director) Ben’s tools include guitar, drums, and tons of energy! He’s fabulous with kids as well as adults. Check out his website at We’ll see you next Thursday, June 13th, at 7pm! Grace Lutheran Church – 15 Santa Fe, El Cerrito CA. $30-20 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds.) See our Schedule Page for all the details.

See you there!


Let’s Sing! Summer Session 2019


Living Room Choir Summer Plans – Los Angeles, Monterey, and Thursday Nights in El Cerrito:

Every Thursday is a Drop-In!

The Living Room Choir just finished the spring concert, One by One, at both the Berkeley Public Library and the Silverado Memory Care Center – two places we love to sharing music. It was a beautiful weekend. Thank you to all who attended!

Our Summer Session kicks off right away with Drop-In evenings every Thursday night starting June 6. Newcomers are always welcome. Come to one or all! We can’t wait to sing with you!

I will be leading Lisa G. Littlebird’s Wholehearted Community Chorus for one night on Monday, June 17th in Monterey, and songleading at the first-ever LA Community Songfest, June 21-23, in Hollywood. See and share those details below…

But first!

Living Room Choir
Summer Schedule:

Non-Audition; No Sight Reading; All Are Welcome!

All Drop-In (no cumulative rehearsals – each night will be different! Come to one, or all, and bring those friends who just want to check it out or try something new.)

Guest Co-Leaders Confirmed so far!
Ben Kramarz: June 13th
Mark Growden: June 20th
Yari Mander: July 11th
Aaron Johnson: August 22nd
Don’t miss these fantastic songleaders doing their thing with the Living Room Choir!

  • Dates: June 6 – August 29th*
  • Thursdays, 7-8:30pm
  • at Grace Lutheran Church, 15 Santa Fe Ave, at the El Cerrito and Kensington border in the East Bay Area, CA. We sing in their beautiful sanctuary. It is wheelchair accessible.
  • Sliding Scale: pick what’s right for you!
    Whole Summer Session: $390 – $260
    Per Month:
    June: $120 – $80
    July: $120 – $80*
    August: $150 – $100
    Drop-in rate: $30 – $20
    *Note: Either we will meet on July 4th, or a makeup songcircle will be offered another day that week
  • Payment plans and trade available; no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
  • Cash, Check, PayPal/Venmo and Credit Card are all accepted


Please come scent free

All ages and backgrounds are welcome

No sight reading necessary; everything is taught by call and response

Connect with us on Facebook or Meetup and help spread the word!

~We look forward to singing with you!~

Be a part of the first Los Angeles Community Songfest!

This first-ever LA Community Songfest will be an absolute celebration of song & spirit. Don’t miss it – this is a rare gathering of gifted and passionate song leaders each with their own special musical offerings that will feed your soul!
Song Leaders from LA, Oakland, Santa Cruz, Minnesota and beyond will lead you in a weekend of heartfelt, spirit filled song. Come immerse yourself in this musical medicine for the soul.


Song Leaders:

Maggie Wheeler & Emile Hassan Dyer, Arnae Batson, Heather Houston, Sara Thomsen, Debbie Nargi Brown, Ben Gould & Britta Gudmunson, Betsy Sansby, Kaitie Ty Warren
Sign up for this spectacular weekend on Eventbrite!


Kaitie Ty Warren will be leading Lisa G Littlebird’s Wholehearted Community Chorus while Lisa is out of town the evening of Monday, June 17th. 5:30 – 7pm, at the Monterey American Legion near Veteran’s Park, 1110 Veterans Dr, Monterey, CA 93940. The chorus is also in Summer Drop in mode like we are, and newbies are welcome. More info can be found on

Because things change quickly around here, and I don’t want to overwhelm your inboxes, I will try my best to keep summer announcements monthly. If you’d like week-by-week updates about local popup songcircles, guest leaders at Living Room Choir, and musical events, please follow us on Facebook, connect with us on Meetup or simply check our website regularly at I can’t wait to sing with you!
Love and light,
Kaitie Ty

Concerts, June 1 and 2!

Hello! Your invitation to sing and be sung to is below! Please come and invite anyone at all who you think might be interested. We are focused on bringing the joy of singing back to the community.

These concerts are free and open to all ages! *Note that there are two different dates/times in two different places*

Saturday, June 1st at 11:30am
The Berkeley Public Library with plenty of seating, first-come-first-serve.
2090 Kittredge Street, 5th Floor (Art & Music)
Near the Downtown Berkeley BART station
Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm
The Silverado Memory Care Center (residents will have priority seating)
2235 Sacramento Street
Berkeley CA

Hope to see you there!
, Kaitie Ty

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The First Ever Los Angeles Community Songfest!

The First Ever

Los Angeles Community Songfest!


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Teaching in my hometown! The FIRST EVER LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY SONGFEST is happening in June! This feels like a dream come true – I’ll be back where I first discovered community singing, this time as a leader. Amazing!
June 21-22-23
Wanderlust in Hollywood
Cost: $230
An Early Bird Special is available in the next two weeks!
Email to receive a link for the Early Bird Special, or to RSVP!
Can’t wait to sing with you there!

Singing in Santa Cruz this Wednesday!

https _cdn.evbuc.com_images_59742976_189787382742_1_original.20190404-220759This Wednesday I’ll be co-leading with the glorious Heather Houston for her Third Wednesday Community Sing: Earth Wisdom Songs with Heather Houston and Kaitie Ty Warren! 

Wednesday, April 17, 7-9pm
Veterans Memorial Building
846 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

We’ll be singing songs to honor, embody, and celebrate the beauty of our precious earth. You can get tickets here on Eventbrite
Heather is one of my favorite song leaders of all-time, and I can’t believe I get to work with her. I can’t wait. Come, and invite your Santa-Cruz-based friends!

This Saturday in Concert!

LRC Little Piece of SunHi friends!
We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with you! Please join us at
Little Piece of Sun
a FREE All-Ages Concert with The Living Room Choir
Saturday, December 8th at 3pm
5th Floor, Art & Music Section
2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley
(near the Downtown Berkeley BART station)
As the dark nights get longer, we find trust, light, and safety in community. Little Piece of Sun is a concert full of songs from around the world that express hope, trust, and safety, even in the midst of a storm.
We are a non-audition choir, focused on practicing harmony both in music and in community. We sing songs of healing, wholeness, and playfulness – we’ve been described as “spirit-lifting” and “joyous”. We have a lot of new and exciting pieces to share at this upcoming concert! All the details can be found on Eventbrite or Facebook; or simply email me with questions.
We can’t wait to see you there –
love and light,
Kaitie Ty and the Living Room Choir

Fall/Winter Session Starts September 6!


We’re excited to announce our Fall/Winter Season – please join us!


Newcomers are always welcome! No sight-reading necessary.

DATES (all are Thursdays, 7:45-9:15pm at Yoga Kula: 1700 Shattuck Ave)

  • September 6 – Drop In 
  • September 13 – Cumulative Season begins!
  • September 20
  • September 27
  • October 4
  • (NO CHOIR October 11)
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 1
  • November 8
  • November 15
  • Saturday, November 17 we’ll be part of the SF SingFest at the Mission Dolores Basilica! The concert is at 8 pm, and the load in time will be between 5pm and 6pm.
  • (NO CHOIR November 22)
  • November 29
  • December 6
  • Saturday, December 8th, at 3pm: FREE CONCERT at the BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY! Call time for singers, 12pm including a lunch break.

Tuition Cost:

Sliding Scales:

  • $25-15 Drop In (September 6 only)
  • $300-180 Full Season (includes September 6)

We don’t want anyone to miss out on singing due to lack of funds. If fees are a barrier, please come talk to us and we’ll make an arrangement that works. Anything within the sliding scale is considered full tuition, and payment plans are available. Cash, Checks and Credit Cards are all accepted forms of payment. Know that, by paying what you can, you help ensure this work is available to everyone who wants to be a part of it!


  • Please come scent free and willing to remove your shoes
  • All ages and backgrounds are welcome
  • No sight reading necessary; everything is taught by call and response
  • We are on the second floor. There is an elevator, which requires a key after hours. Let me know if you need help to access the elevator.
  • Please connect with us on Facebook and help us spread the word!
  • Contact us to be notified by email of future invitations to sing!

~We look forward to singing with you!~


The Living Room Choir is the first Bay Area chapter of the international Ubuntu Choir Network, a growing community of choirs who believe that the joy of singing is a universal birthright, and that together, regardless of musical background, we can help improve the world by joining voices in song.