Emile

Yoga of Song

 Lift up your voice with
the  Golden Bridge
Community Choir!

Some simple truths:

- Singing is everyone’s birthright…
         An activity, essential for personal and community health and vitality... 

-There are no auditions…
           No singing experience is necessary…

- We welcome peoples of all ages and cultures… 

- We are not associated with any religion or spiritual path…

           We celebrate humanity’s highest aspirations through song…
            through rhythm…

            through the silence between the notes… 

The GBCC is part of the Ubuntu Choirs Network. Ubuntu choirs seek to create a world in which we listen deeply to those around us, celebrate diversity, trust in our voices and bring them forward on behalf of harmony, justice and peace.

In an Ubuntu choir, a person who initially sings timidly or off key is welcomed. In close proximity to stronger voices, a novice voice naturally grows in strength and beauty. Shinichi Suzuki, who espoused a “mother tongue” approach to music education, observed: “A child learns to speak in an environment which exhibits full confidence in his/her potential to acquire language.” And so it is with singing! At all stages of their musical development, each singer is a cherished member of the whole. A new singer may struggle to “carry a tune” alone, but when other singers are helping to carry it, she can sing magnificently!

We believe that:

·       singing is an essential human birthright and a powerful source of energy and connection.

·       singing together is a potent tool for building community

·       singing in harmony teaches us to celebrate diversity, and to practice deep listening


Ubuntu choirs are:

·       inclusive (open to people from all walks of life, all cultures, faiths, abilities)

·       non-auditioned (all voices are welcome: given the right conditions, all can learn to sing in tune and in harmony)

·       community-focused (singing to build community rather than primarily for performance)

·       socially engaged (actively involved in supporting local and global communities through vocal outreach and fund-raising concerts)


We sing songs from around the world, many from the oral tradition. Through singing these songs, we can honour and tap into the wisdom of other cultures. In turn we are moved to give back to those cultures whose songs inspire and nourish us.

The Ubuntu Spirit

“I am because we are.” This ancient concept, expressed in the Zulu word ubuntu, is at the root of many of the world’s wisdom traditions. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said so well: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. This is the interrelated structure of all reality. You can never be what you ought to be until I become what I ought to be.” The spirit of ubuntu reminds us of the power of joining soulfully with others.

The spirit of ubuntu has valuable lessons for us all. It’s about empathy and compassion for others, building community, appreciating diversity and knowing that our highest potential is ripened through our relationships.

New kinds of choirs are springing up in many corners of the world, embodying the principles of ubuntu. And so we call this emerging network of singing communities the Ubuntu Choirs Network.  

 

This video clip is from our Journey On benefit concert, held on Sunday, December 18, 2011, for the STRONGHEART FELLOWSHIP.  Enjoy! 

I hope you also enjoy this video clip from our Walk A Mile benefit concert, held on Sunday, May 22, 2011, for the STRONGHEART FELLOWSHIP.