Starting in September, depending on the Santa Clara County and CDC guidelines, our choirs are planning on singing back in person in our Sunday services. We’ll hear once again beautiful harmonious renditions of some old-time favorites and new choral compositions to help us enjoy more our worship experience. On September 5, Sunday, our CGS Mixed Choir will sing live in worship after over a year of virtual singing, and our men’s choir, Keynote Vocal Group, will lend their voices to make our worship even more special on September 19.
Our CGS Mixed Choir is constantly looking for singers who would like to be part of a ministry and group of people who share the same passion for singing. This could be a wonderful opportunity for us to start fresh and be involved in our choral ministry, after months of not being able to sing due to the pandemic. We meet for a couple of hours every Thursday to learn music that we sing in our worships, 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 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.
According to a study, human songs connect 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. We believe that 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. This group identification is somehow connected with the way accents tell us what region or country a speaker comes from today.
So, come join us on Thursdays, starting September2, 7 – 9 in the evening, and be part of our wonderful choral ministry. Contact me if you have questions, at email@example.com, or you can find my number listed in Breeze.
~ Rey Lambatin, Choir Director
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