Music healing workshop, 2018. Participants learn meditation and mindfulness through singing.
The choir performs at the Skid Row Farmers' Market, 2018.
The choir sings with a sister choir from San Diego at the Wesley Health Clinic, Skid Row, 2018.
The choir performs at a nursing home in Pasadena, CA, 2017. Up front is Christopher, one of the founders and directors of the choir, and a community outreach worker in Skid Row.
Choir director, Leeav Sofer, and music therapy consultant, Kate Richards Gellar, lead choir rehearsal. The group prepares for numerous upcoming performances. They select songs that have messages of hope, resilience, and the power of community.
Choir members learn to read music and practice with full musical annotation, 2018.
Choir members rehearse for an upcoming performance, 2018.
Here, choir member holds a gift card from Ross. Choir members are paid with gift cards for each practice and performances. They train rigorously, like professional singers do, and the choir directors believe they deserve to be compensated for their time and training. Here choir members hold hands while singing, 2018.
Choir member sings off-book for the first time, 2018.
Choir member listening to vocal technique instructions, 2018.
Participants in UVP's weekly technical workshops learn advanced music theory, ear training, and composition.
Christopher, one of the choir directors, helps a new visitor with an ear training exercise, 2018.
Choir members practice ear training, 2018.
Choir founders, Leeav and Christopher, founded the choir in 2013. Leeav is a professional musician and music teacher, and Christopher is a community outreach worker in Skid Row.