The Westchester Songbirds is a new singing group based at the Life Energy Arts Gallery in Mount Kisco offering an approach that embraces people of all levels of musical experience and ability. With a focus on having fun and developing community spirit, you don’t need to be able to read music, or even sing on key!
The Songbirds’ founder and director is Peter Muir, Ph.D. An international performer, Peter was inspired to start the group by his lifelong involvement in using music for health. “Research has consistently shown that singing has profound benefits for health,” he says, “yet regular choral groups are not a good fit for so many people because of the emphasis on perfection. In nature, birds and whales just sing – they don’t worry about whether they’re on pitch or have the rhythm right. Why can’t we approach human singing that way?” That is what the Songbirds encourages – an informal, relaxed approach to the material, which includes pop songs, show-tunes, folk, and classical.
The Songbirds’ meets Wednesday evenings at the Gallery, beginning May 15, with the first meeting free. “I want to encourage people to come along and sample our approach,” says Peter. “If you have always thought of yourself as a shower singer, well maybe now’s the time for you to step out of the shower!”
Location: Life Energy Arts Center, 11-13 E Main St, Mount Kisco, NY 10549. Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm. $20 ($15 seniors/disabled) For more info call 845.554.2077