A Sisterhood of Song!
Do you love to sing?
Would you like to develop your confidence as a singer?
Do you ever yearn for a greater sense of sisterhood?
If so, then come join us for Mothersong Chorus!
Mothersong Chorus is a weekly singing gathering, led by Noe Venable. Our repertoire draws on folk singing traditions from around the world. Some of the traditions we explore are hypnotic sacred rounds and chants, joyous South African freedom songs with gorgeous, easy to learn three part harmonies, mystical Jewish niguns, and uplifting modern circle songs.
We are a singing group, a talking and listening group, a place to get closer to spirit together. You don’t need know how to read music — songs are taught the old-fashioned way, by ear. Nor do you need to be a confident singer. Together, we create a safe space for singers at all levels of comfort and ability.
Our season ends with a sharing for friends and family. However, this is not primarily a performance-oriented group, and our meetings are not rehearsals. Mothersong Chorus is a place to take refuge in sisterhood and find strength in the uplift of shared song.
As a leader, I strive to foster natural singing. When we sing in this way, we are “in the flow”. Song seems to pour through us out into the world. It’s a mystical experience, a loss of self. When we experience it, we feel joy and release.
All of us have the potential to experience singing in this way. As a long time professional singer-songwriter and teacher, I’ve observed that usually, the main barrier to natural singing is tension in the body. The root causes of this tension are rarely physical– often, it is rooted in our thinking.
In this group, toning exercises help us overcome negative thought patterns so song can flow through us, pure and unobstructed. A supportive group culture helps us feel safe enough to bring our whole, authentic selves. What we bring is enough, and this group is a place to celebrate that.
Talking and Listening
Each Mothersong meeting also includes a brief period of small group discussion, using a format called World Cafe. In this framework, we take turns talking and practicing active listening. Everyone has a chance to speak and be heard. Each time, we learn a little more about each other, so that we can honor not only our voices, but also our truths.
Q: Do I need to be a mother to join this group?
A: No, our group is open to ALL female identified persons.
Q: Do I need to commit to the entire session?
A: Yes. This level of commitment helps us establish a warmly supportive culture where everyone feels safe.
Q: Can I try the group before I commit?
A: Yes. You are welcome to attend one meeting to try it out for free.
Q: Are auditions required for this group?
A: There is no formal audition. However, we do require that everyone can carry a tune while singing with other people. The great news is, this is totally a learnable skill! Occasionally, I may suggest that someone invest in private lessons to get a little extra support, either with me or with a different teacher.
Q: Can I join you after the season starts?
A: You may definitely join us any time in the first month and a half. You may also join us later in the season, with the permission of the director.
Q: Can I bring my child?
A: In a word, yes. The songs we sing are really on point for women and older children. However, there are younger children who come too, and one of our most enthusiastic singers is five years old! Whether it works depends on the child’s individual temperament. I welcome you to try it out, and see how it feels to sing with your child present.
We look forward to welcoming you to our circle!
To help keep Mothersong as accessible as possible, members pay at three possible tiers. Payment may be made all at once, or in four installments, payable in September, October, November, and December.
Mothersong tuition will be announced closer to the start of the season. But for your planning, it always works out to approximately $15, $20, or $25 per 1 1/2 hour meeting, depending on which tier you select.
Thank you so much for your financial support of this group!
Fall – Winter Season runs Sunday, September 8th through Sunday, January 12th.
We meet on Sunday afternoons, 3:30 – 5PM at Community Well. 78 Ocean Ave, San Francisco.
We will not meet on Sunday, September 22nd.
Our season ends with a performance and potluck reception for family and friends at the Noe Valley Ministry on Sunday, January 12th. Call time: 2:00 PM. Doors at 3:15 PM, concert at 3:30 PM.
Other Important Dates:
There is one additional meeting on Friday, January 10th, 2019, at Community Well, from 5 – 7 PM
About the Director
Noe Venable is a singer and holistic music educator. As a singer-songwriter, Noe has released six albums of original music, which have earned her a loyal following throughout the world. Noe’s songs have appeared in film, and Noe has toured nationally with some of the greats, including Ani DiFranco.
As a teacher, Noe’s approach is grounded in the belief that everyone is musical. Her classes provide a safe space for beginners and experienced singers alike to explore the joy of making music together. Noe teaches people of all ages. For little ones, Noe leads Meadowlark Music Class, a nature inspired music class that children attend with a caregiver. For women and girls, she leads Mothersong Chorus, which brings an intergenerational group of women together weekly to sing.
Noe holds a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch, New England. Noe’s work is grounded in her spiritual practice, which she continues to deepen through ongoing study with Isa Gucciardi of The Sacred Stream.