Sing! gave its final Farewell Concert on June 8, 2019 wrapping up 20 years of music making.
“In 1999, Mags David had a vision to teach women to sing in a fun, interactive and social setting. David wanted a choral sound that was earthy, textured and natural. Most of all, the group needed to “sound like people singing, not like polished singers.” Sing! A Women’s Chorus was born. The vocal group, featuring David’s original songs and arrangements, has been a creative jewel in Duluth’s music scene ever since. Now, after 550 rehearsals and performances, David has decided to step away. This Homegrown performance is part of a “Farewell Tour” that both breaks hearts and celebrates an amazing 20-year run.”
– Homegrown Music Festival Field Guide, 2019
After 20 Years, Sing! A Women’s Chorus Prepares for Last Performances
– Melinda Lavine, Duluth News Tribune, April 29, 2019
Founded in 1999 by director Mags David, Sing! A Women’s Chorus was based in the Duluth Public Schools Community Education program. Learning music through the oral tradition, allowed singers at all levels of experience to participate. We sang traditional music from the U.S., Europe, and West Africa, and original songs written for the chorus by Mags David. We focused on enjoying ourselves through making music together.
Mags David has more than 40 years of music making experience. She has performed as a singer-songwriter, studied music composition, written and performed experimental music and performance art pieces that included dance and narration, and performed traditional music from Ghana as a percussionist and singer. She selected, arranged, wrote, and taught the music that kept us singing.
For the full story, read The Story of the Chorus.