Singers interested in tapping into the healing power of their voices are invited to attend two free workshops at Indian Hill Music School, 36 King St. in Littleton, on the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14 led by Threshold Choir creator and inspiring song leader Kate Munger of California. Munger says that, "Threshold Choirs honor the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are struggling; some with living, some with dying. In 2007, with Munger's help, Indian Hill Music started its own healing chorus -- now called the Threshold Singers -- to fulfill its mission of musical philanthropy. The community Music School is bringing Munger back to the area for the 5th annual New England regional gathering of Threshold Choirs and to encourage vocalists new to this type of singing to get involved. Those who can carry a tune and who are inspired by this unique program are invited to attend.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, Munger will lead a workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those interested in learning more about bedside singing. Sunday's workshop on Oct. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. is for those already singing in a Threshold Choir or similar group. While there is no charge for the workshops, a free will donation is encouraged. Housing options may be available for out-of-town singers. For more information, please contact coordinator Suzanne Buell at 831-206-4260.
The Threshold Singers at Indian Hill Music was the first of its kind in the Boston area, and is now one of more than 100 such choirs throughout the world. The group currently has about 25 active members and is regularly singing at the bedsides of the sick, dying, and anyone in need of comfort northwest of Boston. The singers meet at Indian Hill on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month to rehearse a diverse repertoire of rounds, chants, lullabies, hymns, spirituals, and classic choral music. There is no charge to choir participants or for individuals who invite choir members to sing. The Threshold Singers is a way for singers to express gratitude for the rich gift of singing in their lives, offer their voices in unique and rewarding service, and bring together a community that knows that true service heals everyone. Members include both men and women as well as amateur and professional singers.
The Threshold Singers at Indian Hill Music is led by music director Charlotte Russell, and administrative coordinator Suzanne Buell, both Indian Hill Music School faculty members. Learn more at www.indianhillmusic.org or 978-486-9524 ext.114.