Soul Song's mission is to get people singing! We don't care who you are, where you are or how good you are, we just beileve that your life will be better when regular singing is part of it.
And the good news is, that it's not just us that think this - scientists all over the world have well and truly proven that singing is great for your mental and physiucal health. Therefore, as we saw communities and choirs across the world closing temporarily in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, we created a new way of allowing people to sing together - introducing The Viral Choir!!!
In just our first few weeks, we've seeing a few hundred members from all over the world join us and already we are seeing a clear community emerge. Our robust program of activities is creating real connections with people who are no longer feeling isolated and who - most importantly - gert to keep singing!!
Members of the Viral Choir have the opportunity EVERY WEEK to be part of our virtual choir video - yes, we publish a new song every week. Check out some of the videos so far:
How do I sign up?
New members are welcome to join any time. . Sign up and make payment here: https://www.soulsongchoirs.com.au/join.
How does the program work?
At any one time, we are working on two to three songs so you can join at any time and quickly get singing. The weekly program above is designed to support the learning of the songs and to build community connections between the singers.
We will also produce one video a week of our virtual choir so that you get to hear yourselves all singing together.
How much does it cost?
Being a part of the choir costs just AUD$10 a week or AUD$5 for concessions.
When you join, you sign up for a recurring payment which will be debited every week until you choose to cancel it. Cancelling is easy and a link is included in every payment acknowledgement.
You can also choose to pay in 4 week blocks if you prefer, with no auto renewal. You will be reminded when you 4 weeks is coming to an end.
What commitment is required?
Virtually none other than your payment. You can make as much or as little of your membership as you want. All the resources will be available to you and you can pick and choose the experiences that mean something to you.
What songs will we sing?
We have a massive repertoire of material but all our songs are designed to pick you up, to make you dance, make you cry, give you hope and give you strength.
At least one new song is introduced every week and we sing songs from a variety of eras and styles - although pretty much all pop, soul and gospel.
As an example, our first few songs were;
What equipment do I need?
You will need an internet connection and computer, smart phone or tablet that can connect to the internet. You don't need to have a web cam although they will be used for some of the chats. We recommend using Firefox or Chrome Browsers for all video conference and live streams.
Do I need to be on Facebook?
Much of our activity will take place in a private Facebook group but you don't need to be on Facebook to be part of the project. All videos and content will be available on our member only website other than the chat forums.
Do I need any musical experience?
No! The program it designed to get anyone and everyone singing!! It doesn't matter if you're a choir junky or you've never sung outside the shower. We teach in an energetic and passionate way that will help you find your voice in the safety of your own home.
Will I get to hear other singers during sessions?
Unfortunately, there is no technology in the world that will allow us to all sing together online. Even a milli-second of lag creates vocal chaos! But we have a number of initiatives in place to make the singing experience as strong as it can be:
For as long as we're allowed to continue to meet in small groups in Australia, the live stream rehearsals will be delivered to a small group of singers so they will feel like 'real' rehearsals rather than me just talking at you on your screen. As you sing, you'll hear the voices of the live choir and will be able to join them - they just won't be able to hear you!
Again, inline with the recommendations issued in your country throughout this pandemic, we encourage you to get together with friends and family for the live streamed rehearsals or video chats. This will be a GREAT activity for families stuck at home together as singing in scientifically proven to be amazing at lifting spirits, building energy and creating strong connections. You only need one membership per household and you can all have a go! Imagine if you had three people and all learned different parts of the song - you'd have your own choir at home ready to go!
And don't forget, at the end of the project, not only will you get to be hear yourself with all the other voices as part of the digital choir, you'll also be invited to join one of our mass performances as soon as we're allowed to meet together again.
Do I have to submit a recording?
Nope! Everything about this project is optional. If you don't want to submit a recording, you don't have to.
However, if you're not submitting a recording because you're worried about not being good enough - well address that during the course. Everyone is good enough and everyone's voice is valued.
Similarly if don't feel you have the technical know how to submit a video, we'll be doing tips and tricks and step by step guides to help you do this.