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Maternity Leave – but Choir continues!

Hello friends!

Our beautiful Zoom Summer Session ended the other week, but we continue to gather. Last week we met just long enough to pray/meditate/sing together with one song: O Water, sending the chant out to cool ourselves, our collective community, and of course, most importantly, the raging fires that are causing so much distress and crisis in our hemisphere. We welcome you to sing along with the tracks, and if you listen to “Just the Chant” you can easily pour whatever melody or prayer you like over the top of the chant, which is what we did. Listen to, and sing along with, O Water.

We’re sending our prayers for everyone’s safety at this time.

Despite the tumult, we feel strongly that gathering (even on Zoom) to sing and be together in a musical heart space is incredibly healing and powerful. With that, we invite you to join Living Room Choir this fall from anywhere in the world, via Zoom:

Our upcoming schedule:

Living Room Choir Director Kaitie Ty Warren will be on maternity leave September-December, 2020.

However, Kaitie’s amazing choir counterpart Sara Stutz will be holding the community open with drop-in singing September 10-December 3rd!

  • Thursday nights 7-8:30pm PST
  • September 10-December 3rd (minus Thanksgiving)
  • on Zoom
  • It will be organic and exciting, and other song leaders are likely in the wings as well!
  • Every night will be a Drop-In, so come to one or come to all!
  • Sliding scale offering; no one turned away for lack of funds.
  • Please email Sara <smstutzpt@gmail.com> to receive details and/or sign up for her announcements!

Make sure to Contact Us if you want to get on the mailing list for future announcements about when Kaitie will return!

(Below) Hope Lingers On (trio rehearsal) by Lissa Schneckenburger and Low Lily, led by Sara Stutz (left)

Kaitie will guest lead at Sacred Heart Choir, June 10th!

KarlyKarly Loveling is holding you from afar through Singing Heart online until we can safely hug and harmonize once again! Every week Karly leads songs on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday nights, with guest song leaders joining in once a week. Wednesday June 10th, we’ll be joined by Kaitie Ty Warren of Living Room Choir, who took the Community Choir Leadership Training with Karly as well as attending several Songleading events together throughout the years since. Kaitie and Karly are a dynamic duo that will also be leading with Heather Houston this month in her online series: Sisters in Harmony Global. Join Singing Heart any time by signing up for the newsletter at http://singingheartchoir.com/.

To join Kaitie and Karly Wednesday June 10th, use this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81680823837  from 7-8pm.

Contributions are appreciated at https://PayPal.me/LovelingSong.

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Kaitie and Karly pic

Karly (left) and Kaitie (right) have been singing and leading together since 2016

Sisters in Harmony Global with Heather Houston, June 15th

Sisters in Harmony Global with Heather Houston, Karly Loveling & Kaitie Ty Warren

Virtual Singing Circles for all those identifying as women

Mon, June 15, 2020

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PDT

About this Event

Sing your griefs, gratitudes, prayers, and praises.

Learn heart opening songs for the journey.

Feel fortified, connected, and uplifted.

Let’s feel the power of our global community!

Heather, Karly and Kaitie offer you a pocket full of heart medicine songs for these times. We’ll dive into vocal meditation and collective prayer, mantra, heart opening songs, soulful songs, fun songs, and songs that make us want to dance!

Please bring an item for the altar and a candle to light.

 

Donations/Registration:

Thank you so much for your donations. This is a tough time for many, and musicians are no exception. Heather offers a 60/40 split to her guest artists.

10% off the top donated to the Navajo Nation Covid 19 Relief Fund

More info

***The ZOOM LINK will be sent out in the initial reply email, and then again TEN MINUTES prior to the event, TO THE EMAIL YOU USED HERE ON EVENTBRITE. It will be sent FROM EVENTBRITE. *** Please check your spam folder.

CALLS WILL BE RECORDED – a replay will be sent out to all ticket holders.

More info on Eventbrite

San Francisco Free Folk Festival – Online this year!

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San Francisco Free Folk Festival

Saturday, June 13, 2020
Online this year!
Run by the San Francisco Folk Music Club

Offers:

SongCircle: Living Room Choir

Kaitie Ty Warren
5:00 – 6:00pm PST
Saturday, June 13, 2020
FREE OF CHARGE

Live on Zoom on Festival Day!  Pre-registration required.  Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMuc-yprTMpH9bzQ2bsNjmhD7rke8fi5pZH .

Insta-choir: just add people, and make a musical community online! Living Room Choir uses simple yet lush harmonies to build the teaching of songs, live, over Zoom, and create a communal experience using music as a vehicle. Leader Kaitie Ty Warren teaches original songs, as well as songs from around the world, in the oral tradition – no musical experience necessary! – and although we will mostly be muted (since Zoom won’t allow us to sing in sync) we will be psychically and visually connected through song. Come with an open mind and be ready to sing, dance and/or listen in harmonic community; all ages welcome.

Kaitie Ty Warren has been leading Living Room Choir and communal singing workshops since 2014. She is part of the Ubuntu Choirs Network, an international web of choirs that believes it’s everybody’s birthright to sing. She writes original songs and also teaches folk songs from around the world, continually studying in a worldwide network of songleaders to pursue integrity and accuracy when teaching songs from other cultures. She had tremendous respect for music as a community vehicle, and believes in inclusivity and diversity in musical practice. During shelter-in-place, she continues her community building song-centered workshops and Living Room Choir online.

 sffolkfest.org/events-2020/songcircle-living-room-choir/

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Summer Session (Online) begins Thursday!

Choir Sessions – Online!

Check out this great Highlights Video from our Spring 2020 Session, after it moved onto Zoom!

9 Week Summer Session:
June-July on Thursday Evenings

Perhaps now more than ever,
being part of a caring community to regularly experience life together through music, dance, and fellowship is imperative to our well-being.
Singing is also great for your health – it boosts your immune system, lung capacity and more!

We have found, in the Spring Session (which started in-person before COVID-19 hit) the importance of having a weekly, joyful practice together.

So as we move into the Summer, Living Room Choir continues to offer weekly gatherings, now online!

Come be part of this fantastic musical community!

Thursdays 7-8:30pm PST
On Zoom

June 4
June 11
June 18
June 25
July 2
July 9
July 16
July 23
July 30

Cost:
The full cost for 9 weeks is on a sliding scale: $180-270
Reduced cost for those who need it: $135

If you are under extreme financial hardship due to COVID or any other reason please contact me and let me know what you can contribute for the session.
No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Ways to Pay:

You must enroll in order to receive the Zoom link.
You can enroll either by sending payment or by emailing me.
Please do so before Thursday afternoon, June 4th, to ensure I have time to get you the link*.

*Yes, it’s okay to join the following week if you miss the first!

About Living Room Choir Online:

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

Living Room Choir uses simple yet lush harmonies to build the teaching of songs, live, over Zoom, and create a communal experience using music as a vehicle.

We practice harmony in community while practicing harmony in song.

Leader Kaitie Ty Warren teaches original songs, as well as songs from around the world, in the oral tradition. No sight reading or musical experience necessary. You will receive recorded teaching tracks of many of the songs we practice, so that you can sing along at home between rehearsals.

Although we will mostly be muted as a group (since Zoom won’t allow us to sing in sync) we will still be psychically and visually connected through song.

We are part of the Ubuntu Choirs Network, an international choirs community which believes its everybody’s birthright to sing.

Come with an open mind and be ready to sing, dance and/or listen in harmonic community.

All ages and newcomers are always welcome – no musical experience necessary.
Join us!

~We look forward to singing with you!~

Info from the SPRING HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO above:

Featured songs:
Vamudara – a Shona story song
Vocal Improv – Roy Willey
One Day (We Will Gather Together) – Sara Stutz
Be Open – Debbie Nargi-Brown
Vocal Improv – Kaitie Ty Warren
Hineini Chant – Kaitie Ty Warren
Bambelela – a Zulu children’s song
Surrender – Kaitie Ty Warren
Angel Wash – Aimee Ringle and Mia Kelley, Rafe Pearlman and Saphir Lewis
All the featured audio you’re hearing in this video is either Kaitie Ty Warren, Living Room Choir during previous sessions, or the guest artists Roy Willey and Debbie Nargi-Brown, live over Zoom. This is how it sounds in “real life” when we practice together on Zoom.

Song Village Sampler this Sunday!

All are welcome!

Song Village Sampler

Sunday, May 17, 2-4pm Pacific Time, online!

Join 16 song leaders from up and down the west coast in a very special 2-hour songfest. Although we can’t meet in person for the weekend-long Song Village, that will not stop us from meeting!

Song Village is usually held as a weekend-long camping trip in the Santa Cruz mountains; I am delighted that, despite covid precautions, it’s not deleted completely, but instead will be represented in this online form. And I’m delighted to be one of the song leaders!

All the events details be found here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-song-village-sampler-tickets-103153139818

We’ll see you there!

 

We Sing Again!

Another Drop In happens this week, Thursday February 13th!

It’s the last Drop In before the Spring Session is officially underway – so if you want to “just check it out,” this is the perfect time!

Click HERE for all the details! We hope to see you there.

Hugs,

Living Room Choir

Women’s Song Circle with Deborah Leeds this week!

Come sing this week with Living Room Choir member Deborah Leeds! Deborah has been training as a song leader with the fabulous Heather Houston and has helped lead and anchor songs with Living Room Choir for 3.5 years!

From Deborah:
“There are ten levels of prayer, and above them is Song.”
 – Hasidic teaching via Naomi Levy

Dear Friends,

I love that quote! It validates something that I think many of us feel in our bones. What’s more is that which is sacred, that occurs effortlessly when we come together to sing in circle: connection, support and kinship, the raising of vibration, and the depth and fun that is the nature of women coming together.
 
I am so pleased to announce and invite you to my first Women’s Song Circle. 
Thursday, January 9th, 7:15 – 8:45
Grace Lutheran Church: 15 Santa Fe Avenue, El Cerrito
 
Please bring an item for our group altar. This can be something that represents a part of you that you would like to see grow in this new year. Or perhaps a part of you that would like some loving attention or healing. Or an object that holds an energy that you would like to see reflected back to you as we sing. You need not worry about explaining it to anyone. Just bring something that has meaning to you 🙂
 
Feel free to share this with other women who might be interested in joining us.
 
*Please RSVP to me at deborahbellleeds@me.com so that I can set a place for you in our circle.
*Please come scent-free.
This is a New Year’s gift offering, and an expression of my joy in singing together, with gratitude to you for coming!
 
Wishing you ease and goodness and joy in the New Year.