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.

  • 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.
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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

Coming March 6, 2020!

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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.

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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

And then there was ONE!

And then there was ONE! . . . Yes, one singular, sole, lonely bag of delicious frozen Nova Scotia blueberries, pining for a new home. Let us know if this bag now belongs to you, yeah you. The deal remains the same: $22 for a 2K bag, delivered.

Just Two

And then there were two . . . Bags of blueberries left, languishing in an organizer’s freezer, pining for ownership. As the festive baking season approaches and house guests descend like hungry locusts, thank heavens you made the right decision and made the purchase.

More Blues!

Hi Everybody: If you have cause to regret that you didn’t get your hands on some of those delicious Nova Scotia wild blueberries. . . Rejoice! Turns out we have a 4 bag surplus available for sale.

Eleventh Hour

Greetings all: Not much new going on for this update however it’s the eleventh hour for your opportunity to register for Piper’s Somatic Voice Workshop. It’s on for this coming Sunday afternoon so let us know you’re coming at hamiltonsings@gmail.com. A kind co-chorister has contributed the fee for one of you who may be interested but is short on cash right now – please step up and let us know who you are so we can add your name to the Zoom contact list for Sunday. Here’s the workshop details:

Boo! everyone

Boo! everyone, Normally we look forward to seeing everyone’s familiar face at rehearsals however this coming Saturday, may you be unrecognizable due to the cleverness of your Halloween disguise. You’ll have to share your Halloween candy in spirit and make sure your costume doesn’t cramp your diaphragm. So scary.

Got the Blues

The deity called Google posed this question: Do blueberries lose nutrients when frozen? An elite nutritionist answered: “Frozen berries contain the same nutrients as freshly harvested berries, maintaining those nutrients for months or years while being stored in the freezer, so it is easy to see why purchasing frozen berries is a good idea.”