The SINGS led by Alice Parker have delighted groups all over the
The unique feature of these SINGS is their high musical accomplishment—the sheer beauty and communicative power of the singing. Yes, they are open to anyone, regardless of age. There is no need to read music: the teaching is done by rote. Some songs are old favorites and some totally unfamiliar. The atmosphere is one of delight in joining in music-making, and of ease in creating varied sounds.
The focus is on melody—that which can be sung by one voice, that miraculous combination of words, rhythms and pitches. Ms. Parker teaches by demonstration, ‘lining out’ the melody so that what the listener learns is a totally convincing, musically satisfying song. The group repeats each phrase, listening for ever more-subtle inflections, until the mood and sound of that melody are established. Then the group is invited to improvise a setting according to brief suggestions made by the leader: can you echo, make a round, try an ostinato, or harmonize?
The GIA Quarterly notes:
“What is missing from her mile-long list of accomplishments
and duties is a description of her charisma in causing music
to happen. Her understanding of the unaccompanied vocal
line has caused some of the most enchanting music ever
heard at a Conference. . . There is no one who is not a singer
when she leads.”
The comment heard most frequently at the end of such a session is “That was such fun!” The singers have participated in a most wonderfully creative game which both unites the group and releases its potential as each person joins in ‘melodious accord’.
At this time the following SINGS are scheduled for 2013
look for one in your area
For further information about any of these events, please contact
413-536-1753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.