Our members chime in on what inspires them
Throughout my life there has been choir singing. As a child I sang in church; then there were school choirs, university choirs and community choirs. Singing in a group is special to me. It is grounding and sustaining. I am pleased to have found this lovely group.
Although I grew up in a sports-oriented family, music always made me feel something inexplicable. I learned to play several instruments before I had the courage to start singing. Being in a choir means being part of a wonderful artistic creation. Chorale Musaïque has given me valuable music theory knowledge, ear training and vocal coaching in an environment of joy, love and support alongside good friends and beautiful experiences.
Music has always been my safe place, an intuitive sanctuary that brings me pure joy. Some of my fondest childhood memories include belting out Céline and Aretha and waking up to the serenades of my mother singing Bengali folk songs. I sang in high school choir and played tuba and trombone for the concert and jazz band. Creative expression had become more distant as I grew older and I found myself yearning for an outlet; finding Chorale Musaïque truly feels like a blessing. I’ve been introduced to so many amazing, powerful women all sharing this passion to sing. And thanks to Michelle’s guidance, I’m more confident in my abilities and am inspired to continue to learn and grow, both as a singer and as a woman.
Now I sing with purpose. Music has always been a joyful and important part of my life. I was constantly singing in the shower, in the car, at karaoke... basically anywhere I could! Now I sing with purpose, surrounded by a group of amazing women. I am learning the art of singing while challenging myself to sing in different languages and in various styles. I feel musically fulfilled and so proud to be part of Chorale Musaïque. It is a beautiful experience that I wouldn't trade for anything.
I knew a few members of Musaïque when I joined. I was glad to reconnect with them, but also to meet and get to know everyone. It’s been a joy to witness them spontaneously burst into song as we ride the metro on the way home from rehearsals! As a student, joining this choir has allowed me to take some time every week to switch gears and focus on something other than schoolwork, something creative and fun.
For me, music is both a scientific interest and an artistic escape. Having flirted with both music and biology during my Bachelor’s degree, I’m now studying the neuroscience of auditory perception. Being in a choir allows me to experience the phenomena that I read about in my studies, but music also connects me to the deeper, spiritual side of life that cannot be approached with reason alone.
For me, singing is a breather, both literally and figuratively. Literally, I feel my eardrums and my vocal chords vibrate and tingle. My voice changes, it gets out of my throat, out of my control and morphs into unison that makes me laugh at times and cry at others. A physical experience. Figuratively, singing offers me an emotional and psychological release. I must pay attention to what’s going on – I have no time to think about my personal issues, I listen to my peers’ rhythm and voices, concentrate on my own voice, tease out my sound from the communal sound and maintain it. The best part is that I find other people who think like me and who need me and my voice.
I was constantly singing as a kid. As a teenager, I flirted with musical theatre. After years of singing on my own and with my kids, I realized how much I missed singing in a formal setting, with and for other people – the collective experience can be so profound. Singing and focusing on music helps me to work through my emotions and experiences and learning how to integrate my voice with others has been a delightful release from ego. I am so lucky to have met Michelle and joined Musaïque, a joyful group of women who leave the stress of their daily lives behind to create beautiful music together.
I grew up in a family where music and singing were always celebrated. After 8 years of piano, I opted to try singing and joined my first choir in 2013. Choir has since become a crucial part of my weekly routine that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I appreciate how warm and welcoming Chorale Musaïque has been and I’m thankful for the growing sense of community I feel when singing with this group. It’s a privilege to share with and learn from my fellow singers and choir director Michelle each week.
I am a compulsive singer in my everyday life. Although I sang a lot in organized choirs when I was younger, my voice had gotten rusty and my life a lot busier! There is something that I missed so much about the sensation of losing yourself in the blending of voices that is therapeutic and somehow vital. Already the regular practice is strengthening my fickle upper register! Michelle is incredibly patient with all our various foibles and yet has the discipline to push us to perform better.
I’d always had vocal performance issues and wanted to get a handle on it finally. Being in this new women’s choir is a gift. Not only do I feel more confident singing in public, but now I have a better understanding of the depth of songs and am learning to listen, connect and communicate in ways different from what I’m used to. Biggest treat? Learning about different cultures through the songs we sing and especially through Musaïque’s members.
Music refreshes my creative spirit. Life is busy…. Chorale Musaïque gives me the opportunity to step away from the craziness and go to a place where I can produce sound and music that touches the core being. When we sing together, time and space seem to fall away. Working together to learn, understand and ultimately share our music has given me confidence to trust my creative instincts. The biggest gift has been connecting with and becoming part of this great group of women, this wonderful family.
At 50, I decided to treat myself by taking singing lessons. My vocal teacher would organize concerts where we would sing solo and group songs before family and friends. I was extremely nervous at first, but eventually developed a love of performing; that love has never left me. Chorale Musaïque is giving me the opportunity to reconnect with choral singing and performing and it has been a powerful experience. I am learning new musical styles, I am being stretched… I am growing. Above all, I enjoy becoming part of this new family who are truly a gift to me.
Our house was always filled with music. My mother composed songs and played the piano regularly. In addition to piano lessons, I was given my first portable radio when I was 10. It was difficult to tear me away from listening to the songs – one of my teachers finally confiscated the radio when I was listening to it during class ;) A number of years ago, a group of friends decided to try Karaoke. I was hooked, but found I had a limited range. Joining the choir under Michelle’s tutelage has expanded my vocal abilities and has exposed me to an extraordinary repertoire of songs from different cultures and periods of history. This experience has given me the opportunity to share the passion for music with a wonderful group of women.
Music has always figured in my life, from choirs in elementary school and high school to clarinet lessons into my Cegep years. But singing was always my true passion. Joining Chorale Musaïque not only challenges me vocally, but also gives me a well-needed break from the day-to-day chaos of my life. I’m truly honoured to be among a group of like-minded women who never cease to inspire me. The sound we are creating and the feeling we instill in our audience is the biggest accomplishment of all.