If you’re not familiar with the concept, you may be asking yourself “What exactly IS a Family Choir?” Here are some key components of how the group will come together.
What exactly is a Family Choir?
The great thing about it is that you don’t have to be related by DNA to sing with this group! The term ‘Family’ is used here in the sense that all ages are encouraged to create a sense of family by singing together. It is NOT limited to relatives only. Essentially, it’s a multi-generational song group.
The phrase ‘All ages are welcome’ is the key
This choir is designed to give all age ranges the chance to sing together. Kids, parents, grandparents, older people, teens, millennials, moms with nursing babies, etc. can come sit and join in making music. It is our hope that all who wish to sing – from preschoolers to adult seniors – will feel like they can find a voice in this group.
How does it work?
No ongoing weekly rehearsals! Family Choir practice sessions will happen sporadically throughout the spring in rehearsal groups of TWO.
- Rehearsal 1 (about 30 minutes) will happen immediately after a specified UG Sunday service.
- Rehearsal 2 (about 30 minutes) will happen immediately before the following UG Sunday service. The Family Choir will then present a song during that Sunday’s service.
There’s no experience or long-term commitment required; we’ll be singing simple, fun songs to allow you to feel comfortable regardless of musical ability. The goal here is to encourage a sense of contribution to the congregation, an atmosphere of fun, and a bonding experience between our varied generations.
Hope to see you there! Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Our Music Director
Kaarin Record Leach has spent 28 years as a choral director, music minister, and professional performing artist. In 2018, she graduated with a master’s degree in collaborative piano and vocal coaching from Westminster Choir College, partially completed through Princeton University. She holds an undergraduate degree in music education (also through Westminster) and an additional master’s in science (California State University). She has performed domestically and internationally with conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, Ricardo Muti, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin along with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She was a semi-finalist for the 2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, with her ethnomusicology-based proposal being fully supported by the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Kaarin has recently joined forces with Charlotte-based Carolina Voices as their collaborative pianist, whose MainStage choir (of ‘The Singing Christmas Tree’ fame) just completed 10 performances with the Charlotte Symphony. In her free time, she is an active birder and has traveled extensively to Africa, South America, and Japan in pursuit of rare birds and musical treasures.