Fall 2017 season is now underway!
We meet Sunday afternoons, 3:30 – 5PM at Community Well
Mothersong Chorus is an intergenerational women’s singing circle. We welcome women and children 8 and up to sing with us. (Babies welcome too!) 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 shape note music, a uniquely brash American tradition. 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 includes several opportunities to perform for friends, loved ones, and the wider community. 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.
Our season ends with a sharing for friends and family.
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 now voice 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. When we honor the beauty we see in one another, the music can’t help but be beautiful.
Q: Do I need to be a mother to join this group?
A: No, our group is open to ALL women.
Q: Do I need to commit to the entire session?
A: During the summer, our meetings are entirely drop in, offering a great opportunity to try out the group.
During our regular seasons, which run September – December, and January – May, the group shifts to a full session format, where people commit to the season.
That said, we all balance a lot in our lives. Any one of us may need to take a long or short hiatus now and then, due to work commitments, travel, or other needs. This is fine, and our payscale allows for it, because people pay monthly, rather than for the entire session at once.
We just ask that you keep us informed of your plans, and that you take advantage of the rehearsal recordings provided to get up to speed on any material you’ve missed. The one time when we require really consistent attendance is in the month leading up to a concert.
Q: Can I join you after the season starts?
A: It is generally possible to join us mid session. We have practice recordings that can help you get up to speed on what you missed. If you’re interested in doing this, don’t hesitate to reach out, and we’ll talk about it.
Q: Can I try out the group before I commit?
Yes! Come find out whether the group might me a match for you. We look forward to welcoming you. 🙂
Mothersong Fall Season Calendar
We meet Sunday afternoons at Community Well, from 3:30 – 5PM.
We will not meet on Sunday, November 12th.
Additional important dates:
Final Concert – Sunday, January 7th, 2018, Noe Valley Ministry
Additional meeting Friday, January 5th, 5:30 – 7PM, Community Well
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. She also leads the parent-child program at Golden Bridges School, where she teaches indoor and outdoor child observation classes for families. 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.
What People are Saying
Mothersong Chorus is a beautiful environment in which to explore songs from around the world with other wonderful women. When I joined Mothersong, I hadn’t sung in an organized group in nearly 20 years, but my nerves were quickly calmed by Noe’s incredible warmth and welcoming nature. Noe is an exceptional music teacher with a rare gift of being able to make any singer comfortable with any new piece of music, and she is thoughtful, patient, and good-natured as she carefully pushes the group beyond our comfort zones. There is such richness in the music she chooses, in her gentle instruction, and in the experience of singing with such a caring group of women. The time I spend singing with Noe has quickly become some of my favorite moments each week, and I always look forward to her calm presence, her joyful instruction, her sincere encouragement, and of course her remarkable talent. Her enthusiasm for the music is contagious, and I have been lucky to sing with and learn from her.Elizabeth, SF
I had been looking to reconnect with my musical voice when I heard that Noe was starting a chorus. I am a fan of Noe’s music and leapt at the chance to sing with her. Mothersong rehearsals quickly became one of the highlights of my week. I could not have found a better musical guide than Noe, nor a more supportive and all around lovely group of women with whom to share this experience.Laura, SF