Season 14 starts September 9!
SING • PLAY • in COMMUNITY • for JUSTICE
SingPositive is an intergenerational family choir, rehearsing and performing in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Imagine a community choir where your whole family is welcomed! SingPositive is a “village” of more than 25 families making music together on Sunday afternoons. Do you love to sing old favorites in harmony with friends? Would you like to learn new tunes with a professional conductor and a warm and enthusiastic community? Top it off with exciting collaborations with local musicians and community groups and with our own Youth Band. Children, youth, and elders, we have as much fun learning the music as we do sharing it at Jamaica Plain community events like the Lantern Parade and the Wake Up the Earth Festival, and at shows in May and December.
Join our merry tribe!
Our seasons start in February and September- we hope you will join us!
In addition, please consider making a donation to SingPositive! Your donations and support help us keep making music with each other and sharing with our community.
What do we sing? Check out our past concerts:
Music from Ledbelly, Stevie Wonder, Pete Seeger, Sia, and featuring the world premiere of "The Bridge" by our own Joel Sindelar!
Fall 2017 Concert: SingPowerful!
Our Fall concert we offered up songs of light and strength for dark days and dark times! Featuring a strong performance by the kids' band, and accompanied by guitarist Naty Hernandez, we sang a variety of music, from punk to folk to hip-hop. Some of our songs:
On Children (Sweet Honey in the Rock)
Take Back the Power (The Interrupters)
Bring Me Water Silvy (Ledbelly)
Love Make the World Go Round (Jennifer Lopez ft. Lin Manuel Miranda)
To my Old Brown Earth (Pete Seeger)
Spring 2017 Concert: Dance, Sing, Revolution!
Spring 2017 featured a collaboration with JP dance school BalletRox, plus tap dancer Jenny Herzog on percussion! We met the turbulent times with an energetic, upbeat musical response. Here's a selection of what we sang:
Crayola Doesn't Make a Color For Your Eyes (Kristin Andreassen)
Get up stand up (Bob Marley)
Everyday People (Sly and the Family Stone)
Anthem (Leonard Cohen)
Agents on My Back (2017 rewrite of Police on My Back by The Clash)
Homeless (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
The show culminated in a no-holds-barred singing and dancing rendition of Can't Stop the Feeling!
Winter 2016 Concert: Sing Justice!
Our December 2016 show featured a collaboration with local band Afrika Gente and vocalist Naty Hernandez. We were thrilled to present music in three languages, affirming the central place of immigrants in our communities.
Here's a sampling of the songs we sang:
Clandestino (Manu Chao)
Try Everything (Shakira)
Visa Para un Sueno (Juan Luis Guerra)
RESPECT (Latin version!)
Adventure of a Lifetime (Coldplay)
SingPositive topped off our season with an encore show for the residents of Mount Pleasant Home in Jamaica Plain.
SingPositive was also proud to join Jewish Voice for Peace at the Chanukah Solidarity March Against Islamophobia on December 21st in front of the State House. We sang Clandestino and Qad Kafani ‘ilmu Rabbi.
Spring 2016: Music to the Mother and Mother Earth
The Spring show was dedicated to mothers and Mother Earth and featured a collaboration with JP band The Grass Gypsys.
The performance included some old favorites, plus a twist:
Three Little Birds
I Can See Clearly Now
The Times They Are A Changin' (2016 Climate Change rewrite)
And check out this video of Bohemian Rhapsody (Tantrum cut) - what fun to practice and perform!
Joel Sindelar, Artistic Director
Joel Sindelar is a musician, conductor, and teacher living in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. In addition to his work at SingPositive, he is the conductor of Voices of Metrowest, teacher and creator of the music program at the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain, and founder and organizer of the Boston Christmas Caroling Mob, a mass choral event that brings 70-100+ carolers into the streets every Christmas season.
Previous to his work with SingPositive, he was conductor of the Newton Family Singers, and founded and conducted two other JP choruses: the Loose Canon Chorale and the Churchless Church Choir. He has taught music at many area schools, including the JFK School in JP, The Hurley School and Kingsley Montessori School in Back Bay, and the Lesley Ellis School in Arlington.
Mr. Sindelar is a third generation musician, teacher, and scientist; he graduated from MIT with a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology, and from New England Conservatory with a Master's degree in Choral Conducting. His primary conducting teachers and mentors were Tamara Brooks and Lorna Cooke deVaron.