Sunday, September 25, 2011

Threshold Choir Gathering - Sept. 30 - Oct. 3

6th Annual Midwest
Threshold Choir Gathering with Kate Munger
Yellow Springs, OH
Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2011

What is the Threshold Choir?
The Threshold Choir singers honor the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are nearing the end of life. Our singing might include rounds, chants, lullabies, hymns, and spirituals. This weekend retreat will be an immersion into the songs and the spirit and the community of this very rewarding service.

Friday, September 30
4-6 PM: Early dinner. Meet and greet Kate and other Threshold Choir members at Linda Griffith's home, 114 West North College, Yellow Springs

6:30-7 PM: Check in/Registration 1315 Corry St. Yellow Springs
7-9 PM: Singing Circle with Kate Munger, founder and director of the national Threshold Choir movement, 1315 Corry St. Yellow Springs

Saturday, October 1
9:30-10 AM: Arriving and settling in
10-5 PM: Threshold Choir Singing Circle and Training, with Kate.
Beverages and lunch provided by the Threshold Singers of Yellow Springs
1315 Corry St. Yellow Springs
5-7 PM: Supper on your own
7-9PM: Evening Session

Sunday, October 2
9:30-10 AM: Arriving and settling in
10 AM-12:30 PM: Closing Singing Session, graduation, closing
1315 Corry St. Yellow Springs

Sunday, October 2, 10-12:30

"Graduation" for choir members ready to become bedside singers, Sunday morning, 10-12:30
If you have been a member of a choir for at least 6 months, know 50 songs in the cells of your body (no book), and feel that you are prepared emotionally and spiritually to begin singing at bedsides, please consider taking advantage of Kate's presence to "graduate." Simply express this readiness in a conversation with your choir director, and then contact Theresa Horan-Sapunar ( or 937-234-7464), director of the Yellow Springs choir, to be on the list. The ceremony is very simple and sweet and will be explained upon request.

Sunday, October 2, 2-5

Threshold Choir Directors'/Leadership Meeting with Kate Munger
Sunday, 2-5 PM
Kate realizes there are a number of choir directors in the Midwest who are brimming with questions and would welcome some concentrated time with her regarding the various aspects of leading a Threshold Choir. Bring all those questions and concerns, from musical to organizational to relationship with hospices and nursing homes to internal group dynamics, wherever you need some guidance and support.

This meeting is for women who are directors, those who serve in leadership roles, those who've been sent as representatives from their choir, or those interested in starting a Threshold Choir in their area.

Monday, October 3, 10-5
Songwriting Workshop

In an ongoing effort to give you access to your inner songwriter, Kate is offering this songwriting workshop to Charter Members. It will be a daylong musical odyssey and will provide sessions for exploration, conversation, songwriting, processing feelings, giving and receiving loving feedback. Limited to 12.

Weekend Retreat registration fee of $30 (to cover hard costs of facility rental and Kate's travel) due by Sept 20. Cancellation with full refund by Sept 25. Late registration is $40.

Note: No woman will be turned away for an inability to pay the $30 registration fee. Please pay what you can afford, or pay an additional amount to help sponsor another participant.

Additional note: You will have an opportunity on the weekend to make a tax- deductible contribution to Kate and Threshold Choir, to show our heartfelt gratitude for the precious gift that she brings us.

Please send registration along with check (payable to Threshold Singers of Yellow Springs) to:
Phyllis Braun
1340 Rice Rd.
Yellow Springs OH 45387

Visit for more information, including ordering CDs, songbooks, and for information about choirs in your area.

For further information, contact: Phyllis Braun

For housing, contact: Laurie Dreamspinner

For graduation information contact: Theresa Horan-Sapunar

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