Nurture your child’s musicality, social skills and self-confidence with Forest Voices Choir! Forest Voices is a non-auditioned singing circle where kids sing for the love of it. We teach singing for the whole child. Embodied singing. Singing from the heart!
WHAT YOU GET:
Participation in a vibrant musical community with other kids who love to sing
Learn heart-opening songs that center compassion, equity and Earth stewardship.
A full semester of engaging bi-monthly singing classes with professional songleader and singer-songwriter Noe Venable. That’s nine in-person weekly classes, plus the opportunity to perform in our closing concert for family and friends at the beautiful Noe Valley Ministry.
Access to studio quality practice recordings of the songs for home practice.
Complete lyrics for reference.
Fun musical games and mindset practices for self-connected, empowered vocal expression.
HOW: We meet in the San Francisco Bay Area, in five smaller cohorts who come together for a single shared performance at the close of our season together, along with members of Mothersong Chorus, my community choir for women and nonbinary folks. Individual cohorts are kept intentionally small for COVID safety and for reasons of group culture.
This listing is for our cohort that meets Sunday mornings in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood. (To register for a different Forest Voices cohort, look here.)
WHO: Open to kids ages 7 - 12. (Parents of older kids, take note that most who join us are on the young side of that range.)
COVID safety: We meet indoors in a well ventilated space with an air purifier running. Masks are optional.
WHEN: Eight Sundays, meeting bimonthly from October 15th, 2023 through January 14th, 2024 10:30 - 11:30 AM. Dates: 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14.
Closing Concert, including Community Sing and Potluck Reception, bringing together Forest Voices Cohorts from around the Bay Area, as well Mothersong Chorus for women and nonbinary folks.
Saturday, January 20th - 1:45 PM - 5:30 PM
at the Noe Valley Ministry
Concert at 3 PM
Families who wish to participate in this closing concert also need to attend one additional meeting on Wednesday, January 17th, 4 - 5 PM at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco.
The financial exchange for this group works out to $264 for up to ten meetings at the early bird rate (depending on whether you choose to participate in the optional final concert and dress rehearsal.) . Payments may be made either up front or monthly. To access the option to pay monthly, just click "more payment options" below the "Add to Cart" button. From there, select "Shop Pay" to set up your plan.
WHAT THIS COST COVERS:
There's a lot that goes into running a group like this. In addition to Noe's teaching and planning time, your financial support covers venue rental, insurance, song licensing, arranging the songs, producing high quality practice recordings, lyrics, promotion, t-shirt design and printing and all the online systems that help me serve you.
While the sustainability of this group rests on a majority paying the rate listed above (with so much gratitude to you for helping me support my family with this work), we do have a limited number of scholarships available. If you need financial assistance to join us, please apply here.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I ENROLL?
On the last page of the checkout cart process, you'll see a link to access your downloads. Use that link to download a PDF document that includes all the info you'll need to join us for the season. In the event that you have any trouble downloading it, be sure to check your email, since the same link will also be emailed to you.
If you have trouble accessing the pdf or need any other support with registering, don't hesitate to reach out to email@example.com. I'm just an email away and happy to help.
Registration for Forest Voices has two steps. 1) Purchase this listing, and 2) Fill out these two forms - a digital liability release and a form collecting additional necessary info. Both steps must be completed to secure your child's spot.
Thanks for your interest in this offering. I look forward to welcoming your family to the Forest Voices Children's Choir!