Our home, the Sherman Boys and Girls Club, is shut down until at least April 6th. That means we cannot rehearse again until April 11th at the earliest.
These days then, we must pay close attention to what our elected leaders say, just as we always have.
Please keep your eyes peeled for updates both here, and via email.
A little something for the spirit!
now on the site

For Choir Members

  • Ballad of Sam Lawrence
    • YouTube video
  • Butterfly
    • Bass part heard with tenor, alto and soprano accompaniment
  • Call My Name
    • YouTube video
  • Carry On
    • Soprano, alto, tenor & bass
    • Concert recording: 2015
  • Let Me Go
    • Soprano, alto
    • Tenor chorus, bass chorus
    • Tenor & bass verses 2,3,4
  • Le Plus Beau Mec du Québec
    • Lyrics spoken
    • Melody
  • Lilly’s Fair
    • YouTube video
    • Verse 2 & chorus: soprano, alto, tenor, & bass
  • Me Too
    • Soundcloud recording
    • Soprano & bass
    • Alto & bass
    • Tenor & bass
  • People Can Change
    • YouTube Video
    • Verses & chorus: soprano, alto, tenor, & bass
  • The Colour
    • Link to Facebook video
  • Viva la Musica
    • Concert recording: 2015
  • Watching the Apples Grow
    • Stan Rogers recording
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Welcome to

Hamilton Sings! Community Choir

We are a non-audition, mixed-voice choir for adults and older youth. Our members may be new to singing or to choirs, or they may bring lots of musical experience. Everyone wants a fun and friendly place to make music together.

There is no audition! Choir membership includes healthy, functional voice coaching, and musical skills development.

Saturday Choir

Saturday Choir

Rehearsals for the regular Saturday choir are on Saturday mornings from 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM, with two sessions each year. Rehearsals take place at Sherman Boys and Girls Club (formerly St. Peter’s HARRRP), 705 Main St. E., Hamilton, Ontario. Our music leaders are Sue Crowe Connolly and Hanna Bech Mathieson.

  • No musical experience is required.
  • Our Winter session for the Saturday choir began on Saturday, January 11th 2020, from 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM.
  • Our first three rehearsals on Saturday, January 11th , 18th, and 25th were open for everyone to try out the choir experience.
  • On Saturday, January 25th at 12:00 midnight, we closed registration for this Winter session.
  • Rehearsals then continue weekly through to May 24th, 2020.

Choirs are good for the body as well as the soul.

 Sue Crowe Connolly

Choristers not only fulfill their need to find joy in music; they also have ample opportunity to better appreciate the diverse talents and interests of other members of the broader Hamilton community.

NOVEMBER 12, 2019

Every Saturday morning through the autumn, winter and early spring, a diverse crew of about 70 Hamiltonians gathers in a drafty repurposed church hall on Main Street downtown. They chat quietly until the gentle singing of a leader invites them all to add their voices.

Our members come from every part of the city, run the age gamut from young adults to pensioners and comprise a charming and intriguing variety of backgrounds. Yet out of that diversity comes something very special, because we are drawn together by one compelling desire: to sing.

And sing we do, an eclectic mix of traditional, folk and community music, augmented by original songs written by members or local musicians. We endeavour to feature music that reflects the cultural variety of Hamilton and honours the heritage of our choristers, sung in languages ranging from French to Dutch to Mandarin to Swahili. >>

Through these weekly practices — two formal concerts a year and random other appearances around the city — our members scratch a deep, almost primordial, itch to make music together.

The poet was right when he said music hath charms to soothe a savage breast. Studies show that singing, particularly in concert with others, has extraordinary therapeutic effects for individuals.

Daniel Levitin, psychology professor at McGill University and author of This is Your Brain on Music, says group singing has been an essential element of community building for tens of thousands of years. “Still today,” he says, “you can go to hunter-gatherer societies, pre-industrial tribes, and everybody sings, everybody dances. “It’s a shame, he says, when people say they can’t sing or dance. “That goes against our evolutionary history.”

More than that, his work has revealed that choral singing isn’t just good for the soul — it’s good for the body. By analyzing the changes in people’s brain activity when they sing together, he’s found a biological link between communal singing and stronger feelings of belonging and measurable mood elevation. >>

Caroline Bithell of the University of Manchester agrees, citing a popular saying of African origin: If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing.

“This has been adopted by many community choir leaders whose work is fuelled by the conviction that singing is our birthright — a natural activity that should be accessible to everyone — and a powerful tool for building and celebrating community.”

That is exactly what we have discovered at Hamilton Sings!

Because we do not require an audition to join, we attract people with a wide range of musical knowledge and experience. So every week there is the challenge of learning and the satisfaction of acquiring new skills.

Plus, our veteran choristers take great pride in helping newcomers — and each other — gain musical skill and confidence. And, as any teacher knows, there is great reward in helping others grow. >>

“We meet so many wonderful folks and talented singers and artists along the way,” says member Lynn Watkins. “The choir has helped me through some hard times and it has changed my life. I was and still am a shy person, but they have helped me get out of my bubble. I’ve become more open to my surroundings and am a better person than the girl I was yesterday.”

Six years ago, we started this experiment in community building with a couple of dozen people. Thanks to their dedication, and the dynamic leadership of Hanna Bech Mathieson (my partner in this venture), and a dedicated board of choir members, Hamilton Sings! Community Choir has become a place where our choristers not only fulfil their need to find joy in music; they also have ample opportunity to better appreciate the diverse talents and interests of other members of the broader Hamilton community.

Sound interesting? Feel free to find out more about us as we continue to build bridges in the community between people who otherwise would probably never have met.

Recipient of the City of Hamilton’s 2019 Arts Education and Community Arts Award, Sue Crowe Connolly works with people to claim their own voice, and trains vocal teachers and choral leaders. She founded and co-leads Hamilton Sings! Community Choir rehearses Saturday mornings at the Sherman Boys & Girls Club (formerly HARRRP), 705 Main Street East.


The Musical Home of our Saturday Choir
Sherman Boys and Girls Club
(formerly St. Peter’s HARRRP)
705 Main St E, Hamilton

Hamilton Sings! spring concert, “Songs of Canada at 150 Plus” took place at Christ’s Church Cathedral, James St N. in Hamilton. This selection, Dave Gould’s “Starlight Tours”, was performed by Dave, accompanied by the choir and Stephen Fuller on violin.

Brenda’s Updates

That Virus Lurks

Dearest Choristers Well, here we are, another week has passed us by and that virus still lurks. As much as we wish it to be otherwise, in-person rehearsals are not in our immediate future. But do stay tuned for some ‘virtual’ developments. Hanna and Sue are working on a plan for us to meet on the web. Even I, supreme techno-peasant, can follow a link somewhere. With that in mind, check out how some global citizens are coping: http://theconversation.com/singing-away-the-coronavirus-blues-making-music-in-a-time-of-crisis-reminds-us-we-belong-133790 Yesterday, I made myself useful in the garden. As the weather is mild, signs of another imminent spring season are a call to action. I’ve been trying to think of the positive outcomes of our necessary separation from each other – and nice gardens could very well be one of those outcomes, as people now have the time to make sure their gardens are well tended. While I attempted to clean up a winter’s worth of leaf fodder, I heard some unfamiliar sounds. Turns out my neighbours had spontaneously decided to say hi to each other by making music. Bells, kitchen pots, kazoos, tin garbage cans, and more, were employed in an attempt to say hi to each other. There was even dancing in the streets, albeit at a distance. So in these trying times, lets remember how much good we have in each other and our music. Hamilton Sings has not only been an oasis of music every Saturday, it’s always believed in the power of community. Like my neighbours, and the global citizens above, we’re unified in our belief in music and its ability to deliver emotional, creative, and spiritual satisfaction. Stay well. Brenda Atkinson Co-chorister

Double Drat!

Hi Folks Double drat and all that. Guess you know already that tomorrow’s rehearsal is cancelled. In fact, the Sherman Boys and Girls Club is shut down until at least April 6th. That means we cannot rehearse again until April 11th at the earliest – and even that is looking doubtful.

Enthusiasm and happy faces filled the room

Dearest Choristers: Many thanks to those of you who participated in this past Wednesday’s Mohawk ESL/Hamilton Sings collaborative workshop. I’m told everyone had a really fun time. Sue taught the Temagami Round and Hanna tackled The River, with approximately 45 participants.

Whew! What a week!

Hi everyone: Whew! What a week . . . . Barricades! Coronavirus! Stock Market Slump! Real Snow! Thank heavens an oasis of calm exists for us every Saturday morning. We’ll sing the strife away, one note at a time. And now, a few words from co-chorister Tony Carlson: A big THANK YOU to new choir member Denise Bedell whose company, Content Innovo, is the first sponsor of our Spring concert. That support will go a long way toward offsetting the cost of the Music Hall performance space for the concert. So please, take a moment to introduce yourself to Denise – she’s a soprano – and thank her for helping Hamilton Sings! sing.

So Much

Hi Folks, Commitments tend to pile up in real life. So it follows that even in the wondrous land of Hamilton Sings, we’ve got an expanding calendar of events. Check it out: As of this very moment

Tireless Tara

Dear Fellow Singers As mentioned last week, your co-chorister, the tireless Tara Bolker, is seeking digital photographs of the word “HAMILTON” to grace a poster advertising our term end concert entitled “Hamilton Sings Hamilton Songs”.