The Free Range Singers are Back This Winter!

 

We will continue to fulfill our three-part mission through fun, social singing:

WHOLE COMMUNITY

If anyone wants to sing with us, we do our best to support and celebrate their participation, whether they have had years of music making or have been afraid to sing even in the shower. 

WHOLE SELF

We sing as a way to be present in our bodies, a way to be playful in spirit, a way to develop heartfelt connections with each other, and a way to keep our minds sharp as we grow and learn.

WHOLE RANGE

Our material comes from many sources, old and new, local and international, oral and written, and we seek to express the fullness of human emotion and experience in song.


This growing community chorus-experience will begin again the week of Jan. 2, with  and intensive rehearsal session of 8 evening meetings, followed by a dress rehearsal and two performances.We start  Monday evening Jan. 2,  7-8:30 at the UU Church. 

MLK 2017: Power of Healing will raise funds for Empower Yolo, an organization that promotes safe, healthy, and resilient communities in Yolo County.

--Rehearsals at the UU Church from 7-8:30 Jan. 2-5, then 7-9 PM Jan. 9-12.

--Dress Rehearsal Sat. Jan. 14, 10-1. Performances Jan. 15 at 2 PM and Jan. 16 at 7 PM.

--Suggested singer donation to participate $90-$135, or as you are able.

--All donations collected at the concert go straight to Empower Yolo.

This session will feature indigenous instrumental textures by sound healer René Jenkins, and hopefully Celtic harp by Susan Coppock!

The soothing repertoire will include a number of works by Laura Sandage, and an opportunity to go deeper with familiar FRS songs. See the FRS Member Info Page for details!


 


Every session of the Free Range Singers includes:

   --Laura's ginger tea and snacks at every rehearsal!  

   --Website support in the form of rehearsal recordings, videos, printable sheet music or lyrics, and more. If you need a printed packet of songs, please let me know.  

   --Singing to express your full range and free your true voice. 

   --All voices welcome-- no audition.  

   --Variety of repertoire-- music from many traditions, styles from playful to serious, simple to complex.  Also featuring original songs and arrangements by Laura Sandage or other local songwriters.  Much of our material will be learned by ear.

   --Activities to build your musical skills and exercise your brain, body, and spirit.

   --Suggested donation: $10-$15 per rehearsal or as you are able. Contribute on a schedule that suits you, in an amount that suits you. No one misses choir because of money!

 
 

MLK 2017 RAISED $2000 for Empower Yolo!

Singers from the Free Range Singers, the UU Sparks Choir, and the local community teamed up in January to celebrate MLK Day with a community singing event, Power of Healing on Jan. 15 & 16 at the UU Church of Davis, to benefit Empower Yolo. This inspiring event raised $2,000, thanks to support from the UU Church and singer and audience donations. The program included guest musician-healer Rene Jenkins and featured original songs by Laura Sandage. 

Free Range Singing starts March 7

The next session of Free Range Singers will be an 8 week series called INSIDE A SONG, featuring chances to hone your musical improv skills, to put your own words and ideas into songs, and to create new, original chants and songs in group process! The results will be performed April 24 at the Village Homes Performers' Circle-- featured act 8:30-9:00. All voices welcome to participate in the fun, creative social singing! Suggested donation $10-$15 per rehearsal or as you are able, or $80-$120 for the whole session. Meet at the UU Church of Davis, Tuesdays 7-8:30 PM.

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