Singing for change: Come join Vashon's Community Choir this fall!

Dear friends,

You are warmly invited to come sing with the Free Range Folk Choir this Fall Season, starting Monday, Sept. 23rd, 2019. The choir will rehearse in the Vashon High School band room (see map) on Monday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm. (Registration begins at 6:45 pm on Sept. 23rd.)

Join us this fall as we practice singing for peace and compassion each week.  Rounds for peace, and songs to nourish our joy are on the menu for the seasons ahead.

Fun events this year:
  • At the end of the fall season, we will give a thanksgiving concert of gratitude.
  • In the winter season, we will travel south to join the Olympia Peace Choir and other groups for a choir festival and joint concert.  Meet community folk choir singers from around the region, share inspiration, learn new music!
  • In the spring season, we'll round out the year with a performance at NW Folklife Festival over memorial day weekend at the Seattle Center.  This show is always packed, and is such a fun adventure.

Online access allows choir members to listen to and download tutorial recordings for all the vocal parts we are learning, as well as videos of many of the pieces we will sing this season.  You do not need to read sheet music to join: all parts are taught call and response.  Members are also able to share announcements and organize with other choir members - we have a lively community!

Fall season meets for nine weekly sessions from September until mid November. Please visit our schedule page for more details on the rehearsal schedule and upcoming seasons.

Under the direction of Shane Jewell, the choir celebrates the ways that music from around the world can lift the spirit and cultivate community. Feel free to come join us! Invite your friends and neighbors. No auditions necessary to join; everyone is welcome. 

Around the world Concert, Sat. July 27th - FREE RANGE FOLK CHOIR

"We who believe in Freedom
can not rest.
We who believe in Freedom
can not rest until it comes."
 -Sweet Honey in the Rock, "Ella's Song" 

After a winter of singing together, the Free Range Folk Choir is inviting you to join us for our final concert, Sat. July 27th, 7pm at the Vashon High School Theater.  The rich and dissonant harmonies of slavic mountain song, the joyful rhythms of south african music, the complexity of japanese choral music and the call to the rain from Ladysmith Black Mambazo will blend to form a rich tapestry.  Come on a journey with us, celebrating the diversity of communities and music around the world that makes it such a beautiful place.  Help us lift the spirit and cultivate the community we all need around us, supporting each of us in our work for diversity and freedom.

Suggested donation $5 - $10 (No one turned away for lack of funds.)

"Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice... No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out."
"Real strength can be found not in power, money, or weapons, but in deep, inner peace. When we have enough insight, we are not caught by many difficult situations anymore."
~Thich Nhat Hanh

The Festival Season Begins - you are invited!

After a season of heartfelt and uplifting Monday nights singing together, the Free Range Folk Choir is heading to NW Folklife this weekend!  We hope you will come join us at the Cornish Courtyard Stage, 1pm this Monday, May 27th for some "Worldwide Acapella With Soul". 

Can't make it to the concert?  No problem, we sing every Monday night at 7pm here on Vashon, and you are invited to come join the choir!  We meet at Vashon High School (see map), and everyone is welcome to join, no auditions are necessary.  Our Summer Season starts on June 3rd, with sign-up starting at 6:45pm (click here for all the dates). 

We'll be singing soulful music from around the world to help remind us how miraculous it is to be alive, and what a joy to be able to sing.  We will sing Mondays through July, and perform at the Vashon Strawberry Festival and the Farmer's Market Benefit concerts on the village green.

It is important in these times to practice joy and cultivate community, so that we will continue beautifully and have the strength and courage to be our best selves.

If singing brings you joy like it does for us, we hope you will join us Monday nights!  Until then, we shall remain,

Yours in song,

the Free Range Folk Singers

Free Range Folk Choir @ NW Folklife