Choirherence is:

  • A non-auditioned community choir welcoming all voices,  singing an eclectic mix of short multi-part songs from near and far.
  • A place and time to practice heart-centered connection and appreciation.
  • An opportunity to be introduced to the Connection Practice, a scientifically based social-emotional skill that creates connection with ourselves and others, so we can have richer lives with less conflict and more insight. For more information on the Connection Practice, visit the website of Rasur Foundation International.

Our inspirations are:

We believe in heart-centered connection through singing. We also foster connection to self and others through a few minutes of heart-focused breathing and appreciation early in each gathering. (This technique, called Quick Coherence™, was developed by HeartMath.) Finally, we believe that we can foster connection through how we relate to ourselves and others. That is what the Connection Practice does.


Uniting our voices in harmony, we create a sense of belonging that nourishes our hearts and connects us deeply to one another.

We believe that everyone can sing and that singing together is our birthright, regardless of musical background.

We believe that through sharing the joy of our mingled voices, we can glory in diversity, bridge differences, and celebrate one another as we are.

No singing experience is required – just a desire to sing together in harmony. We sing for the delight it brings us, in an atmosphere that is fun, relaxed, and accepting. We are not affiliated with any other group, including any religion or spiritual group.


Generally we use call-and-response to learn songs, though we may also provide sheet music or written words. We choose songs that you can weave into your daily life, and take home to share with your friends and family.


We are philosophically aligned with the Ubuntu Choir Network, a global community of choirs who believe that the joy of singing is a universal birthright, and that together, regardless of musical background, we can help improve the world by joining voices in song. Ubuntu is a Zulu word, meaning “I am because we are”. In this spirit, Ubuntu choirs seek to create a world in which we listen deeply to those around us, celebrate diversity, trust in our voices and bring them forward on behalf of harmony, peace, and beauty.



Choirherence meets, generally on Monday nights at 6:30pm in the Emmanuel Parish Hall in Eastsound, Washington on Orcas Island, under the direction of Michael Hurwicz and Sharon Abreu. Our first meeting for the Fall season will be on October 17, 2016, at Orcasong Farm, with Laurence Cole leading. Please see the calendar page for more info!