Choir welcomes every voice

No experience is needed, and no auditions are required — only the desire to make joyful sounds together.

In Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others, Stacy Horn states that “group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety and elevate endorphins. Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking and certainly more fun than working out.”

And Mary Dennison, who leads the SING FOR PURE JOY! Community Choir, sees and experiences that each time the choir gets together.

In a press release announcing the choir’s winter term, Dennison notes that there is an abundance of literature touting the benefits of singing in a group.

“Singing in a choir boosts your mental health; singing is good for your body and soul; choir members who sing together have synchronized heartbeats,” she said in the release.

And this month, Dennison is encouraging anyone who needs an added boost of “feel good” endorphins to discover the joys of singing in a group and join SING FOR PURE JOY!

Dennison says that every voice is welcome. No experience is needed, and no auditions are required — only the desire to make joyful sounds together.

Heartfelt melodies, soulful gospel songs and spirituals, mesmerizing chants and rousing rounds are all taught in the traditional method of call and response. No written music is used.

SING FOR PURE JOY! gathers Saturdays at the Lodge on 4th  at 1127 Fourth Ave. in Ladysmith from 6:30-8 p.m. The winter term will meet Jan. 24, Feb. 14 and 28 and March 14, 21 and 28. The cost for the term is $56, or there is a $10 drop-in fee. There is a sliding scale by request.

To learn more, contact Dennison at 250-285-3764 or 250-202-1003 or singforpurejoy@gmail.com.