Community Singing


Photo © Terry Gydesen

I lead group singing in a variety of settings: public events, neighborhood gatherings, church services, schools, and social change groups.

Between 2009 and 2019, I co-founded and led the group Minnesota Community Sings. Along with fellow songleader Mary Preus, fellow organizer Betty Tisel, and lots of volunteers, we spent ten years working to build the culture of community public singing in Minnesota. Basically that simply meant ordinary people joining their friends and neighbors by gathering in public to sing. Singing in halls, singing in big tents, singing in parks. All of us together having fun, building connections, learning each other’s songs.

Community singing is ancient. It’s worldwide. 1938PowderhorncrowdAnd it’s a hundred year old tradition in Minneapolis, where each summer between 1919 and 1956, thousands of people gathered on a nightly basis in the parks to compete for the annual prize of the best singing park.

Minnesota Community Sings is no longer active, other than our annual sing at the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel for All Souls Day. Usually the first Sunday in November.