The Free Range Singers are Back This Fall!

 

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 Sept. 22, with evening meetings: Tuesday evenings 7-8:30 at the UU Church. 

Fall 2015 will include two six-week sessions, open to drop in participation as well as committed singers, with optional performances in the local community:

--Dia de los Muertos Session Sept. 22 to Oct. 27, with a performance at the Davis Cemetery Day of the Dead festivities on Nov. 1. 

--Christmas Eve Candlelight Season Nov. 17 to Dec. 22, with a performance at the UU Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Dec. 24 (in conjunction with the Sparks Choir).


Winter 2016

MLK Concert "Where the Grassroots Grow" with Special Guest Rita Hosking. The rehearsals for this concert will be in a two-week intensive format. Concert material and sing-alongs will include some songs that were sung during the fall sessions as well as new material.

--8 evening rehearsals: Jan. 4-8 (7-8:30pm, plus a different 30-minute section each night of the week) and Jan. 11-14 (7-9pm). ATtend as many as you can!

--Mandatory Dress Rehearsal Sat. Jan. 16, 10am-1pm

--Concerts Sun. Jan. 17, 2:00pm and Mon. Jan. 18, 7:00pm

--Community Fundraising Recipient TBA


Spring 2016 Sessions TBA


This 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: $8-$12 per rehearsal or as you are able. $48-72 for a six-week session. $80-$120 for the MLK Intensive. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 
 

THE GRASSROOTS THRIVED at MLK 2016

Singers from the Free Range Singers & the UU Sparks Choir and the local community teamed up with Rita Hosking to celebrate MLK Day with a community singing event, Where the Grassroots Grow on Jan. 17 & 18 at the UU Church of Davis. This inspiring event raised $3,680 for grassroots organization Davis Community Meals. The event was supported by the UU Church and by singer donations. Local grassroots radio station KDRT also hosted a table at the event and took some great photos. Thanks to all who participated and who attended for making it a success! 

FREE RANGE SINGERS MARCHING CHOIR! Starts March 1

The Free Range Singers will soon begin a fun session of singing with the added elements of marching, body percussion, and handheld percussion instruments. The 12-week session is open to all singers, new and experienced, committed and drop-in, and will include optional performances at 2 or 3 public parades and events, including the Winters Youth Day Parade on April 30.

Suggested donation $8-$12 per rehearsal or as you are able. No one turned away for lack of funds. Tuesdays 7-8:30PM, Mar. 1-May 17 at the UU Church of Davis.

SPARKS CHOIR ACCEPTS NEW SINGERS

The UU Sparks Choir rehearses Thursdays  7:15-9:00PM in the UU Church of Davis Sanctuary, and performs every other Sunday from September through June.

All voices welcome. This is a fun family of devoted singers, and you can be part of it!

Contact me with any questions or concerns: 530-848-4812

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