Live Video: Communal Singing at On Being on Loring Park

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 4:31pm
Live Video: Communal Singing at On Being on Loring Park

Join us for communal singing as we learn from choral director and conductor Tesfa Wondemagegnehu as talks more about the unbeatable joy of singing together. Tesfa will also lead us in the art of communal music-making. If a gun-shy singer like me will attend, you have no reason to be scared.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer for On Being
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"In these divided times as much as ever, we need to do some singing and feeling together, united as both citizens and amateurs."

Singing is among the most elemental human experiences and it’s something almost everyone does, even when no one is listening. In fact, in 2011 the national service organization Chorus America reported that 42.6 million people in the United States sing in more than 270,000 choruses. That’s over and above those of us whose singing is largely confined to the shower.

Some people are turned off by the word choir. But many others are encouraging singing for fun and for joy — outside of formal choirs. Instead they're exercising their collective vocal chords in bars, in parks, in festivals... and now at On Being's headquarters in Loring Park! Together, we're discovering that communal singing is an energizing and celebratory shared experience.

Join us tonight and witness (even better, participate from afar) in our communal music-making symphony. It should stir your soul.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 (5:30-7 pm Central / 6:30-8 pm Eastern)

On Being on Loring Park
1619 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Will kick it off with a bit of an introduction from Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. He will de-bunk your stereotypes of being in a choir, share his ideas about the transformational power of choral music, and unlock the mysteries of choral voice parts.

The payoffs? Your body, mind, and spirit merge through the unity of song. You get to experience the unbeatable joy of singing together. And, most importantly, each of you leaves inspired and ready to incorporate singing into your daily routines!

A Little Bit about Tesfa
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu is Assistant Artistic Director at Vocalessence and is also Choral Stream Representative of Minnesota Public Radio. He previously served as Director of Choral Activities at Freedom High School in Orlando, Florida. During his tenure at FMS, Tesfa was named Orange County Public School Teacher of the Year (2013) and received the Macy's National Gift of Teaching Award (2013). He led his choirs in performances at state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (2010 & 2012) and the Florida Music Educators' Association (2011).

Tesfa is widely in demand as a guest conductor and lecturer. He has presented workshops and conducted honor choirs in Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, and Costa Rica. As a tenor soloist, he has performed both in the U.S. and internationally in Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Costa Rica. Tesfa is active in the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators' National Conference, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Most of all he's known as a person who will make you want to sing!

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Trent Gilliss is the driving editorial and creative force behind On Being. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on "The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi" and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent's reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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