Welcome to

Hamilton Sings! Community Choir

We are a non-audition, mixed-voice choir for adults and older youth. Our members may be new to singing or to choirs, or they may bring lots of musical experience. Everyone wants a fun and friendly place to make music together.

There is no audition! Choir membership includes healthy, functional voice coaching, and musical skills development.

Saturday Choir

Saturday Choir

Rehearsals for the regular Saturday choir are on Saturday mornings from 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM, with two sessions each year. Rehearsals take place at Sherman Boys and Girls Club (formerly St. Peter’s HARRRP), 705 Main St. E., Hamilton, Ontario.

  • No musical experience is required.
  • Our Winter session for the Saturday choir began on Saturday, January 11th 2020, from 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM.
  • Our first three rehearsals on Saturday, January 11th , 18th, and 25th were open for everyone to try out the choir experience.
  • On Saturday, January 25th at 12:00 midnight, we closed registration for this Winter session.
  • Rehearsals then continue weekly through to May 24th, 2020.
now on the site

For Choir Members

  • Ballad of Sam Lawrence
    • YouTube video
  • Butterfly
    • Bass part heard with tenor, alto and soprano accompaniment
  • Call My Name
    • YouTube video
  • Carry On
    • Soprano, alto, tenor & bass
    • Concert recording: 2015
  • Let Me Go
    • Soprano, alto
    • Tenor chorus, bass chorus
    • Tenor & bass verses 2,3,4
  • Le Plus Beau Mec du Québec
    • Lyrics spoken
    • Melody
  • Lilly’s Fair
    • YouTube video
    • Verse 2 & chorus: soprano, alto, tenor, & bass
  • Me Too
    • Soundcloud recording
    • Soprano & bass
    • Alto & bass
    • Tenor & bass
  • People Can Change
    • YouTube Video
    • Verses & chorus: soprano, alto, tenor, & bass
  • The Colour
    • Link to Facebook video
  • Viva la Musica
    • Concert recording: 2015
  • Watching the Apples Grow
    • Stan Rogers recording

Coming March 6, 2020!

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Choirs are good for the body as well as the soul.

 Sue Crowe Connolly

Choristers not only fulfill their need to find joy in music; they also have ample opportunity to better appreciate the diverse talents and interests of other members of the broader Hamilton community.

NOVEMBER 12, 2019

Every Saturday morning through the autumn, winter and early spring, a diverse crew of about 70 Hamiltonians gathers in a drafty repurposed church hall on Main Street downtown. They chat quietly until the gentle singing of a leader invites them all to add their voices.

Our members come from every part of the city, run the age gamut from young adults to pensioners and comprise a charming and intriguing variety of backgrounds. Yet out of that diversity comes something very special, because we are drawn together by one compelling desire: to sing.

And sing we do, an eclectic mix of traditional, folk and community music, augmented by original songs written by members or local musicians. We endeavour to feature music that reflects the cultural variety of Hamilton and honours the heritage of our choristers, sung in languages ranging from French to Dutch to Mandarin to Swahili. >>

Through these weekly practices — two formal concerts a year and random other appearances around the city — our members scratch a deep, almost primordial, itch to make music together.

The poet was right when he said music hath charms to soothe a savage breast. Studies show that singing, particularly in concert with others, has extraordinary therapeutic effects for individuals.

Daniel Levitin, psychology professor at McGill University and author of This is Your Brain on Music, says group singing has been an essential element of community building for tens of thousands of years. “Still today,” he says, “you can go to hunter-gatherer societies, pre-industrial tribes, and everybody sings, everybody dances. “It’s a shame, he says, when people say they can’t sing or dance. “That goes against our evolutionary history.”

More than that, his work has revealed that choral singing isn’t just good for the soul — it’s good for the body. By analyzing the changes in people’s brain activity when they sing together, he’s found a biological link between communal singing and stronger feelings of belonging and measurable mood elevation. >>

Caroline Bithell of the University of Manchester agrees, citing a popular saying of African origin: If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing.

“This has been adopted by many community choir leaders whose work is fuelled by the conviction that singing is our birthright — a natural activity that should be accessible to everyone — and a powerful tool for building and celebrating community.”

That is exactly what we have discovered at Hamilton Sings!

Because we do not require an audition to join, we attract people with a wide range of musical knowledge and experience. So every week there is the challenge of learning and the satisfaction of acquiring new skills.

Plus, our veteran choristers take great pride in helping newcomers — and each other — gain musical skill and confidence. And, as any teacher knows, there is great reward in helping others grow. >>

“We meet so many wonderful folks and talented singers and artists along the way,” says member Lynn Watkins. “The choir has helped me through some hard times and it has changed my life. I was and still am a shy person, but they have helped me get out of my bubble. I’ve become more open to my surroundings and am a better person than the girl I was yesterday.”

Six years ago, we started this experiment in community building with a couple of dozen people. Thanks to their dedication, and the dynamic leadership of Hanna Bech Mathieson (my partner in this venture), and a dedicated board of choir members, Hamilton Sings! Community Choir has become a place where our choristers not only fulfil their need to find joy in music; they also have ample opportunity to better appreciate the diverse talents and interests of other members of the broader Hamilton community.

Sound interesting? Feel free to find out more about us as we continue to build bridges in the community between people who otherwise would probably never have met.

Recipient of the City of Hamilton’s 2019 Arts Education and Community Arts Award, Sue Crowe Connolly works with people to claim their own voice, and trains vocal teachers and choral leaders. She founded and co-leads Hamilton Sings! Community Choir rehearses Saturday mornings at the Sherman Boys & Girls Club (formerly HARRRP), 705 Main Street East.


The Musical Home of our Saturday Choir
Sherman Boys and Girls Club
(formerly St. Peter’s HARRRP)
705 Main St E, Hamilton

Hamilton Sings! spring concert, “Songs of Canada at 150 Plus” took place at Christ’s Church Cathedral, James St N. in Hamilton. This selection, Dave Gould’s “Starlight Tours”, was performed by Dave, accompanied by the choir and Stephen Fuller on violin.

Brenda’s Updates

A Mere Week To Go

Fellow Choristers: Well, a mere week from this Sunday and it’s to the stage for you guys. Any extra time you can spend on home practice in the coming days would be time well spent.

Four Rehearsals

Hello Everyone So, we’ve got 4 rehearsals under our belts and you’re sounding good. Most importantly – you’ve been having fun! Many of you are now getting to know your neighbours in your voice section and we encourage you to wander around at break-time in order to meet everyone.

Dates to Remember

Dear fellow singers: By now, you’ve met one of our current music leaders, Piper Hayes. Many of you have yet to meet her partner at Hamilton Sings, Hanna Bech Mathieson. Here is the link to their respective bios on the HS web site: http://hamiltonsings.ca/music-leaders/

Welcome Back!

Welcome choristers past, present and future! Our 2023 winter/spring term commences this Saturday January 14th, 10am, (but show early! Room open by 9:30 am) at Faith (formerly Ryerson) United Church, located at 842 Main Street East at the corner of Springer Ave.

Concert Details

Hello everyone Hanna and Piper are pleased that you’re all sounding great so you should not hesitate to invite your near and dear to see you sing with your new friends. They can buy advance tickets at eventbrite (link below) or at the door however please remind everyone that it’s CASH ONLY at the door and bake sale tables.

Concert Song List

Hey Choristers It’s that time of year again, where all things point to a fun concert on December 10th. Hanna and Piper have provided the concert song list below and are hoping some of you may come forward to provide a spoken introduction for each tune. There must be some toastmasters graduates out there.