Key Chorale launched their Come Together Choir Online Choral Rehearsals, Volume 1 this past March to meet this need. Since then, hundreds of singers from all over the country have participated. The original 6 episodes have had more than 5,000 views to date. If you are just learning about this, you can still register and participate anytime in Volume 1 or Volume 2. The Come Together Choir is a partnership with Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, JFCS of the Suncoast, and Key Chorale. All episodes are saved on our YouTube Channel so if you miss one, not a problem, you can always go back and watch later!
Volume 2, Songs of Protest, Peace & Love includes music from the folk era of the 50s and 60s. We’ll learn great songs like If I Had a Hammer, Blowin’ in the Wind, Down by the Riverside, We Shall Overcome, California Dreamin’ and more. New episodes will premiere each Thursday at 2 PM EST, beginning September 24 and then will be available afterwards on the Key Chorale YouTube channel to watch over and over again.
You will learn 11 songs from unison to four-parts, as well as warm-ups and vocal exercises that will improve your breath control and singing ability. These episodes are shot from the perspective of the choir, focused on Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins as he guides 9 singers and YOU through each fun rehearsal. Every episode builds on the previous one, giving you a sense of accomplishment and of being right there. Although this is not an interactive experience, the project is conceived to give the feel of being right there as a singer in the choir. So turn up the volume and sing your heart out with the Come Together Choir!
Singing is essential. We need it in our lives – now more than ever.
What to do to get started?
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and fill out the short form. We will email you copies of either the lyrics or music. Print your copies, or view them from another device, and get ready to sing your hearts out while practicing social distancing from the convenience of your own phone, tablet or computer.
“I want to thank you so very much! Mr. Caulkins does such a good job and I am learning so much about warming up my Alto voice. The breathing exercises have been helping me in more ways than just singing. I am one of those people that is just too shy to audition but I have bought tickets to every one of the Chorale concerts I can possibly get to and have been in several church choirs in the past. I want to thank Mr. Caulkins from the bottom of my heart as I have gone back and re-watched these episodes and will continue to sing with them.” – Barbara Austin
“I am director of the Jefferson County Community Chorus West Virginia. Our spring concert was also cancelled. I am sending it out to my choir members, which this year we had 43. Thank you for keeping the music going.” – Judith Pharr