Oh Sing! belongs to the Ubuntu Choirs Network, a choral community that believes that the joy of singing is our universal birthright. Singing is an essential activity for personal and community health and vitality.
Once a year, we invite the public to an evening of amateur performances in Heartwood Hall, Owen Sound's fully-licensed concert hall and event space. Some members of Oh Sing! invite friends to join them to perform onstage.
Singing and laughter make this a night to remember!
What's in a name?
Oh Sing! means what it says!
Our choir offers a fun alternative to more traditional choirs. We believe everyone should experience the thrill of creating beautiful harmonies together and we have ways to help that happen!
We sing an eclectic mix of songs and styles. Each practice begins with warm-ups and tips on how to get the most out of your choral experience, how to listen and blend our voices. We sing simple rounds or layered songs, then practice something more challenging using written music, and end with gentle and meditative songs, sometimes standing in a circle, sometimes walking while we sing. Those who prefer to sit are always welcome to remain seated.
Oh Sing! offers one or two concerts a year, and also sings at various local functions and retirement homes. Some of the profit made from performing is donated to different charities. Performing is optional, but most members enjoy sharing the experience with an audience.
Louise Jarvis studied Choral Conducting at Capilano University in Vancouver B.C., and also took Community Choir Leadership Training in Victoria, B.C. with the Gettin' Higher Choir. She is committed to spreading the joy of community singing as a way to bring people together in harmony in a world that seems increasingly fragmented.
Sari Mothersell has been a member of Oh Sing for five years. I enjoy the variety of music we learn, the dynamic music director, the friendly and energetic choir members and the relaxed atmosphere. As Membership person, my aim is to have all members feel welcome.
Jim Howitt enjoys the cultural richness around Grey Bruce, including the festivals, the many musical events. He has been a member of Oh Sing for 5 years.
Nancy MacDonald is a recently-retired educator who has lived in Grey-Bruce for 30 years. She loves singing in a choir and finds it nourishes the soul. She is learning to play the ukulele and is involved in managing the Georgian Bay Symphony. Attending local concerts and volunteering at Summerfolk are also important to her.
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Theo Janson has been with the choir since its 2010 inaugural year, and she’s grateful for the excellent aural education in harmony, and by extension improvisation. After 15 years self-mployed as both silversmith and pastry chef/ chocolatier, she’s happy to retire into song with many of the friends she’s met in Oh Sing.