Our CGS Mixed Choir is constantly looking for singers who would like to be a part of a ministry and group of people who share the same passion for singing. We meet for a couple of hours every Thursday in the Fireside Room to learn music that we sing in our worship services and a quick review of the song before each Sunday service. Our rehearsals normally comprise of not just singing, but also a lot of fellowship - catching up and checking in with each other, most of the time, over food and refreshments. Choir members often bring food and refreshments to rehearsals that they’ve prepared to share with everyone. We’ve always felt that our CGS church is a big family, and that is especially undeniable among our choir members. The amount of time we spend in each other’s company, doing something we enjoy and love, for a common objective of serving God and edifying our congregation with music, nurture a special connection and relationship with each other.
Something that may explain the special connection we develop with music-making - according to Aniruddh D. Patel, a researcher at Tufts University and self-described “neuroscientist of music,” human song connects us, not just to each other, but to other species. But there are key differences in the way humans and other animals sing, and those differences point to the unusually important role that sound plays in human brain function. Music provides a way to access regions of the brain and reawaken autobiographical memory when language won’t. Just as parrots use their learned songs as a way to identify themselves as belonging to a specific flock, “human vocal learning may have started as a way to mark ourselves as being members of a group, maybe before we had full-blown language.” He connects this group identification with the way accents tell us what region or country a speaker comes from today.
So, come join us on Thursdays, 7 – 9 in the evening, Fireside Room, and be a part of our wonderful choral ministry.
- REY LAMBATIN, Choir Director