You'll learn a crazy mix of beautiful multi-part songs from all over the world: Scottish ballads, funky songs from Africa, hypnotic chants from India, doo-wop hits from the 50's, and the best of American roots. Our motto is: If we love it, we'll teach it.
The atmosphere in class is fun and relaxed, but we do work hard, so you'll never be bored. The choir members are a friendly bunch who come to sing but do a fair amount of laughing as well. Everybody cares about the music, but nobody cares if you mess up.
Unlike most choirs, who spend most of their time preparing for performances, we sing for our own pleasure. Occasionally we do show up and sing at a community event or benefit, but these are rare “appearances” rather than performances, and we always invite our audiences to sing along.
The One World Community Choir is more than a choir. It’s a community of fun people who love to sing, laugh, and eat together. Many show up at the Marsh before class to hang out, grab a quick bite, or share a glass of wine.
The choir is led by Betsy Sansby and Alan Dworsky, who conduct the choir with the same dramatic imperfection that they bring to their marriage. Betsy was trained at the Community Choir Leadership Program in Victoria, Canada. She is the producer and primary performer on the Teaching CDs for Community Choirs
series. Alan is a classically trained piano player and former rock musician. Now he’s a hand drum teacher, and together with Betsy has written eight award-winning books on drumming and rhythm.
When: Every Tuesday night, from 7:10 to 8:40 p.m. Year-round. Each session is 10-weeks long.
Where: At The Marsh in Minnetonka, 15000 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55345 (just off 494 and Mtka. Blvd.). We either sing in the West Studio, a beautiful room with great acoustics and a stunning view, or out on the deck when the weather is good.
Cost: $79/10-week session. (Wow, that’s cheaper than my yoga class and I don’t even have to wear tights.).