When I Rise Worldwide Virtual Choir



Wishing everyone around the world a safe and happy New Year!

This spring as the pandemic spread around the world, all public gatherings were cancelled, including choirs and mindfulness retreats. We have missed singing together! So I started an ambitious project of trying to put together a world-wide virtual singing group to perform the song "When I Rise". 

This is a song inspired by the writing and teaching of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and writer/farmer Wendell Berry. I have arranged the music into a choral work, which I recorded parts for everyone to sing along with. The response was amazing! Many, many people from around the world sent in videos of themselves singing one of the parts, or playing an instrument. Once I had downloaded them all, I had the task of editing it all together. Turns out, my computer was not up for the task, as it proved spectacularly by dying...

Now, many months later, I have set up a new computer system, and gathered my courage to make another attempt, this time with much more success :-) I hope you enjoy the results! From here on Vashon Island, we are wishing you a safe and peaceful year ahead. Thanks for all you do, friends. Thanks for making this world so full of color and music. 

-Shane, December 2020

Virtual Choir Spring Season begins

Dear friends,

Our houses are too far apart to hear each other sing out the windows, so we are forming a virtual choir online! You and your family, wherever you are located in the world, are warmly invited to join us.

Come join the singing each Monday night this spring!

Joining is easy: all you need is a cell phone, or better yet a computer with a webcam, and an internet connection.  A pair of earbuds or headphones make the experience rich sounding, so you can hear the other choir parts while you are singing, almost like a real choir. 

Sign up for our email list below if you haven't yet, and we will send you all the information on how to join everyone in song this Monday:

And if you enjoy singing with us, feel free to sign up for all 9 weeks of Spring Season here. We hope to see you soon!



POSTPONED: Sat. Mar 7th, 7pm - Community Choir Songs for Courage, Peace and Freedom

POSTPONED: Due to King County Health Dept. recommendation, we have postponed this concert until further notice. (See the public health announcement here, recommendation begin at 6:00)

Saturday, March 7th, 7pm at the VHS Theater.  Come enjoy the music that brings us together in community and gives us the courage to Keep On Walkin Into Freedom Land. Including guest instrumentals of Celtic Harp player Tim Hulley and Viola by Shane jewell, as well as Rich Osborne on guitar.  Music of the US Civil Rights movement, South Africa, and Bulgaria.

$5-$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.