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Why is Easter a Great Time to Join the Choir?

CN_Skyline_2013-03-31_EasterSunrise&10am_1466sMusic calms the soul, heals the spirit. I can’t tell you how many days I go to rehearsal feeling tired, frustrated, sometimes depressed. Then after rehearsal I find I’m smiling and laughing. Music has a way of changing our overall state of being. Each song we sing is a present waiting to be opened and the gift is getting to know the beauty and meaning of the song.

Music is good for your health. From Time Magazine, “When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony.” Singers have lower levels of cortisol, heart rates sync up creating a group meditation effect, and singing has been found to lower anxiety and contribute to your overall quality of life.

We have several rehearsals scheduled for your convenience. Throughout the month of March there are several rehearsals scheduled to prepare for Easter. We rehearse each Sunday starting at 8:30am (our regular rehearsal time), we will rehearse each Sunday after church for about 1 hour (after a 15 minute break for fellowship). We also have 3 Saturday rehearsals scheduled from 10:00 am – 12 noon. The Saturday rehearsals will take place on March 5, 12 and 26. We also have mp3’s and pdf’s of the music to help you learn your part at home.

We will sing with a small orchestra (for extra fun). We will be singing with a small, yet highly talented orchestra comprised of some of our own congregation members and a few guests. (Orchestra currently consists of Violin, Cello, Flute, 2 additional Woodwinds, Percussion, Guitar and Piano).

We have fun. Don’t you need that? We have enough pressure all week, how about do something just for fun?

WHO CAN JOIN? Anyone with a desire to make music with others. All ages are welcome – we have a special children;s number planned for Easter. Also, there is no age restriction (going either direction) on singing with the regular Sunday choir. If you are still in Elementary, Junior High or High School and have a desire to sing or play, we can make that happen. If you are in your golden years and haven’t performed for a while, come sing as you are able! If you play an instrument, we will put your talents to use.
CONTACT Puja Soto, Music Director, via the church office at 510-531-8212 or office@skylineucc.org.

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