We are a choir of San Franciscans affected by homelessness and those who wish to support We have just moved to a NEW rehearsal time & day: WEDNESDAY afternoon, 4:00 pm, at the FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF SAN FRANCISCO on Polk Street at Bush Street, San Francisco. Rehearsal is followed by a FREE DINNER. All are welcome. No auditions or experience necessary.
Please Help Keep Us Singing
Ask yourself, "How many times a day do I walk past a homeless person on the street and never see them?" What did they look like? What was his/her name?
Singers of the Street (S.O.S.) is a unique community choir of San Franciscans affected by homelessness, who are marginalized and those who support them. Its mission is to raise voices for justice, healing and joy. Led by artistic Director/Conductor Garry Hanna, S.O.S. was founded in September 2010 under the leadership of former Artistic Director, Dr. Kathleen McGuire. S.O.S. rehearses weekly, performs regularly, and a free meal is provided to the singers at each gathering. But we do much more!
In July 2012, S.O.S. represented the USA via music video at an international concert featuring 300 homeless performers at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), in conjunction with the Olympics.
In May 2013, The American Prize: celebrating American excellence in the arts selected S.O.S. as a SEMI-FINALIST in the Community Chorus performance category.
S.O.S.'s submission included the Stand By Me video, plus 25 minutes of our 2nd Anniversary Concert.
While there are approximately 20+ regular members, more than 60+ singers have participated in S.O.S. Each week, new members join us, often, at first, with trepidation. Afterwards, they describe their S.O.S. experience as uplifting, inspirational, and life-changing, not to mention fun. We are growing and feeling those growing pains, not enough money, not enough food, not enough music, etc.
We need your help to continue our mission to assist our homeless and marginalized friends and neighbors, to give them a safe, sober and enjoyable place to go that promotes positive direction in their lives. Most homeless individual's interaction with others, who they do not know, usually, is not a positive experience. "You can't sit here", "Get off my lawn", "Get a job", are just a few ugly negative comments that many of our members and others like them endure, daily. Singing with S.O.S. offers our members, many for the first time in their lives, applause, cheers and admiration from people they do not know. After performing, the tears of joy that flow down the faces of many of our singers when they experience this beautiful moment in their lives is a moment which is overwhelming and INCREDIBLE. It overwhelms me, still.
Some of our members no longer sing with us. Why? They have found employment and cannot attend our midday rehearsals. Many give credit to Singers Of the Street for renewing their self-confidence, changing their focus and improving their social skills. We do miss them but they will always be members of Singers Of the Street.
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Your generosity will help us provide food, music, transportation and staff to help continue raising voices for justice, healing, and joy. Our only funding source is through people like YOU. Will you please consider a tax-deductible donation to help us continue our mission? Thank you!
Please make your tax deductible donation via this site, on our donation page, or click on the link above to be forwarded to our fundraising website on "YouCaring.com".
If you prefer to send a check, please make your check out to "SFCares" and in the memo/Note line, enter: "S.O.S. - Singers Of the Street".
Singers Of the Street (c/o SFCares)
1541 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
S.O.S. Singers of the Street selected SEMI-FINALIST!
S.O.S. Singers of the Street has been selected by The American Prize: celebrating American excellence in the arts as a SEMI-FINALIST in the Community Chorus performance category. Many thanks to Carolyn Eidson for compiling the video submitted for consideration. Great job singers!
We'll keep you posted.
S.O.S. Singers of the Street's Artistic Director, Garry O. Hanna
S.O.S. Singers of the Street's new Artistic Director, Garry O. Hanna began his new role as the group's leader on April 14, 2013. Previously, Garry served as Assistant Conductor, since S.O.S.'s inception, helping to lead and direct the choir alongside founding Artistic Director, Dr. Kathleen McGuire who recently moved to Australia.
S.O.S. went to London! Well, at least our voices and images went. Singers of the Street was selected to represent the United States at a special arts event for the London Olympics. We produced a video that was screened at "With One Voice" - a showcase of 300 performers who have experienced homelessness - in concert at the Royal Opera House (aka Covent Garden) on July 2nd, 2012. This concert, hosted by Streetwise Opera, was part of the London Festival 2012 for the London Olympics. It was streamed live on the internet and watched by thousands around the world.
S.O.S. spent a day recording "Stand By Me" at AMOR Music Productions' studio in Oakland, then videographer Carolyn Eidson (Splashy Films) shot the choir on location at Union Square and on the MUNI F-Line. The band CRITICAL BLISS accompanied, and the audio was skillfully edited by Ashley Moore. Watch the video (above) and click the link to purchase your own copy of the SOS single for just $1!
FALL SHOWCASE SERIES
Sorry you missed it...
**FREE** - donation appreciated
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 7 PM
SORRY, YOU MISSED THESE THREE SHOWS:
SORRY, YOU MISSED THE FIRST ONE:
Singers of the Street (S.O.S.) - a community choir of San Franciscans affected by homelessness - celebrates its 2nd anniversary in a special multimedia fall showcase series including songs performed by S.O.S., a photo and story display, and the choir's new music-video: STAND BY ME.
The showcase is a heartfelt and uplifting experience for audience members as they learn more about the lives of individual singers. Photographer Yolanda Mendoza chronicled the group's journey over the past year in a series of intimate photos and stories.
Members describe many reasons for singing with S.O.S., including camaraderie, the joy of singing, an inspirational outlet for creative expression, positive encouragement, and a family of friends.
"We provide a home-cooked meal for the singers after each rehearsal. Through singing together and sharing meals, we have become a caring community and family for one another," said founding artistic director, Dr. Kathleen McGuire.
S.O.S.'s music video, "Stand By Me," features S.O.S. singing Ben E. King's classic hit, backed up by local rock band, Critical Bliss. It was filmed on location in and around Union Square last May. "Stand By Me" was made especially for participation - by competitive selection - in the recent London Festival, part of the Olympic Games celebrations in July. The video was premiered at the Royal Opera House on July 2nd at a concert hosted by Streetwise Opera featuring 300 performers who have experienced homelessness. Videos were also shown from Japan and Australia. "Stand By Me" was the sole representation from the US.
Singers of the Street's first-ever rehearsal was on September 8th, 2010. The group now has more than 30 regular singers, and more than 60 have participated over the last two years. S.O.S. performs at least once a month in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays, 10:30 am, at Saint Francis Lutheran Church: 152 Church St San Francisco, CA 94114. No auditions or prior choir experience are required. S.O.S.'s mission is to raise voices for justice, healing, and joy. Visit SOS at www.singersofthestreet.org