Entries by Mark Growden

Community Sings: How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they’ve learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. https://www.chorusamerica.org/singers/community-sings Choral singing is a more accessible, participatory art form than many. But in most performance settings, there is still a “fourth wall” separating the people on stage singing from the people in the […]

SF Bay Guardian: All (really, all) are welcome

Composer Mark Growden finds his calling with the Calling All Choir By Whitney Phaneuf Mark Growden had a passion for jazz and classical music from a young age, growing up in the small northeast California mountain town of Westwood. So he set out to be a composer. He only learned to sing as an adult […]

Oakland Tribune: Calling All Choir calls singers of all types

“Everyone is welcome. All souls are welcome.” That is, if you want to sing. By Laura Casey When Oakland musician and composer Mark Growden sings “The Gates/Take Me to the Water” medley alone with an accordion or with his band, two lines of the song sum up how he feels about his growing 150-member Calling All […]

How Communal Singing Disappeared From American Life

And why we should bring it back   Karen Loew, in The Atlantic With the crack of baseball bats across the land, the singing season for Americans is about to begin. At ballparks from Saint Louis to San Diego, people will stand during the seventh-inning stretch and belt “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” They […]