The Sing Portland! Blog

Music as art vs music as life. Do you have to choose?

Music as art vs music as life. Do you have to choose?

Imagine this: you’re starving. But what are you in the mood for? Do you feel like donning your sharpest suit and heading out for a perfectly presented, Michelin star-worthy 5 course meal? Maybe you’d rather just pop to that tiny street stall where the tacos wouldn’t...

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Let’s sing for peace this June

Let’s sing for peace this June

It would be the understatement of the year to say that things have been a little dissonant lately. We’re constantly surrounded by news that goes from bad to worse; huge, much needed cultural upheavals that can leave us feeling raw; and the general sense of frustration...

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I’m coming clean; Sing Portland! isn’t actually a choir

I’m coming clean; Sing Portland! isn’t actually a choir

We get together at least three times a week to sing. There are sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. There’s music. We give concerts and sing songs … if it looks like a choir, practices like a choir, and sounds like a choir, it must be a choir, right? Well…yes and no....

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This One Little Word Can Free You From a LifeTime of Regret

This One Little Word Can Free You From a LifeTime of Regret

“Well you’ve got some balls, don’t you?” I had just finished telling my friend how I’m planning to start a term of teaching Afro-Cuban music in April … just eight days after coming back from a trip to Cuba. I’ve never really sung Afro-Cuban music before. I’ve...

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Every Song Needs More than One Note

Every Song Needs More than One Note

Have you ever listened to a chant that’s just one note over, and over, and over again? Just imagine it in your head right now: one note, drawn out, forever. Sounds pretty boring (not to mention kind of creepy), right? Every song needs more than one note — after all,...

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What’s Your Inevitability? (Plus HUGE News)

What’s Your Inevitability? (Plus HUGE News)

If you had told me two years ago that the day would come when I would stand up and teach at the same event as Ysaye Barnwell, MaMuse, and Kate Munger, I probably would have laughed. The idea of being invited to teach the thing I love best in the world, alongside the...

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There’s no expiration date on singing

There’s no expiration date on singing

“Too late to start this now.” That’s what I heard over and over again when, at 31, I picked up a cello for the first time and decided to learn how to play. I started teaching a year later, and have now taught for 20 years. “Oh, that’s certainly too late.” That’s what...

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