Spring 2017: Dance, Dance, Revolution! Embodying Social Justice
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; where children are as important to the show as adults. Imagine a time to work together as a "village," in service to the broader community. Imagine singing your favorite music– everything from the Beatles, to Jazz, to Motown, to Imagine Dragons– plus amazing music from around the world. Now imagine singing it in harmony, with a professional conductor and band.
This is the vision of SingPositive. Now entering its eleventh season, SingPositive is a community of more than 25 families singing together on Sunday afternoons, from February to May and from September to December. Some families include three generations, and we have members ranging in age from 3 months to 70+ years. We perform at Jamaica Plain community events like the Lantern Parade and the Wake Up the Earth Festival, while preparing for our culminating shows in May and December.
Rehearsals are a mix of work and fun for young and old. Working with Joel, the conductor, adults focus on the songs, harmonies, and rhythms, while the children participate in activities designed for them. The kids' group has worked on rewriting the lyrics of popular songs, practicing their own parts of the choir's repertoire, and learning to accompany the choir in the Junior Band. Younger children build friendships and learn musical concepts with musical storytimes, games, and crafts. Older children can also join the adult choir as full members.
It's so much fun! Create and live in a sense of community. Provide your kids a rich, natural music learning environments.
Join our merry tribe!
Our seasons start in February and September- we hope you will join us!
What do we sing? Check out our past concerts:
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.