How to Start a Choir

Lani Trock's recipe for
Open Source Community Choir


2-50 peopleSafe, quiet spaceBell or chimeAcoustic musicians (optional)


Gather in a safe, and quiet space, with interested participants. Offer pillows and blankets and sit in a circle. Begin by sounding a note with a bell, a chime, or any available instrument. As a group, sing this note several times and then allow melodies and harmonies to emerge naturally. Improvise without rules. Continue until the song reaches a natural conclusion. After the song finishes, allow for silence– as long as feels necessary.