South Berwick, ME — February 1, 2016 —Rock My Soul, a secular choir known in the Seacoast for lively, roots-based gospel music and rich harmonies, is accepting new singers for the 2016 season. Rock My Soul will welcome new members at rehearsals throughout the month of February. Rehearsals take place every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 pm at First Parish Federated Church, 150 Main St (on the corner of Main and Academy), South Berwick, ME.
“We’re excited to be starting this new season,” says Dawn Boyer, who directs the choir. “Giving the community the experience of singing in the gospel style, which is rare in this area, is important to our mission, and anyone is welcome. The group has become a vibrant community that has fun together while it works to achieve musical standards it’s proud of. It’s a quality experience that brings sheer joy to the heart and soul. It speaks of making it through difficult times, about the triumph of the human spirit no matter how tough things get. Everyone can relate to that.”
Rock My Soul is based in South Berwick, Maine, but draws singers from various communities as far north as Portland and as far south as the North Shore in Massachusetts. Now in its 12th year, Rock My Soul has garnered critical acclaim and performed throughout New England at music festivals, prestigious music venues, and community events. A crucial part of the group’s mission, however, is to sing for those in need at hospice, nursing homes, rehab centers, mental health facilities, and other locations where hearing and joining in on songs can make a profound difference to a person’s health and sense of well being. Rock My Soul has appeared on WMUR-TV’s NH Chronicle, WSCH TV’s 207, and Maine Public Radio. One of the group’s songs was also featured on a 2009 PBS documentary entitled Freedom Songs: Music of the Civil Rights Movement.
“We’ve been thrilled to see how Rock My Soul has ‘taken off’ in northern New England,” says Boyer. “It proves there’s a real hunger for this kind of music. Whether you go to church or have never been, there’s just something about gospel that uplifts people in a way no other music can. It goes way beyond religion—it reaches down into everyone’s soul. And when audiences learn the history behind the songs, they understand what a rich cultural gift we’ve been given. Plus, scientific data proves singing with others is good for us, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. People who sing together actually live longer and have happier lives.”
Those interested in joining can call Boyer at 207-450-8016 or visit www.projectmusicworks.org for more information. The ability to read music is not required, but the ability to sing on pitch and retain parts learned by ear is essential. There are no auditions.
Rock My Soul is part of ProjectMusicWorks, a nonprofit arts and cultural organization dedicated to helping those in need through music. By offering quality musical performances and educating audiences about the history of roots and gospel music, the PMW hopes to lift hearts, open minds, and bring people closer together to understand the meaning of peace, equality, respect, unity, and justice.