By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Sing Portland! invites anyone who wishes to sing — regardless of experience — to join the non-traditional community choir whose director believes all people are musical.
“Nobody should ever be told they can’t sing,” said director Marion Van Namen, who also is a cello teacher, African drummer, jazz singer and music therapist.
The repertoire includes easily accessible, multi-cultural songs taught by ear, through call and response, Van Namen said. Some concert pieces will be learned through sheet music, but reading notes isn’t required.
“Just get the idea that if the dots go up, you sing a little higher,” the director said. “If the dots go down, you sing a little lower. If you see lots of ink in a small spot, you sing a little faster. It’s not that complicated.”
The choir’s fall term will begin in Northeast Portland from 7-9 p.m. September 10 at The Little Church, 5138 N.E. 23rd Ave. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Rehearsals will continue for 17 weeks in two sessions: 9-11 a.m. or 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the church.
Southwest sessions will begin 7-9 p.m. September 9 at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 S.W. Oleson Road. Southeast rehearsals will begin 7-9 p.m. September 12 at Bothmer Hall, 5915 S.E. Division St.
Membership fees may be paid at several levels. A full year of two 17-week sessions is $485 and a 17-week term is $270. Monthly payments may be made at slightly higher rates. A punch card for eight sessions, at $15 each, is $270. Students, seniors and the underemployed may receive a 25 percent discount from term or annual memberships.
Information is available at www.marionvannamen.com/sing-