The Portland Street Choir is the mobile off-shoot of the chorale. It is an informal group of singers that gather to practice protest songs once a month, with the goal of leading music and song at public demonstrations, including marches, vigils, and protests that support social justice. There is no audition or regular attendance required.
In January 2017, the street choir led the crowd in song at the Women’s March on Maine, and a few weeks later we made our voices heard at the Rally Against the Muslim Immigration Ban at the Portland International Jetport. The street choir has also appeared at various other events in Maine to sing and make music with fellow activists.
A songbook was designed for all activists to download and use whenever united voices might be appropriate in public demonstrations. The street choir is also engaged in a project to refashion songs to address current topics, while also ensuring that songs are culturally-sensitive/appropriate.
An updated (AUGUST 2017) Portland Street Choir Songbook is ready and available for download. It has song lyrics and links to videos to practice the songs at home, in an easy-to-print format.
The Portland Street Choir also participated in the International #icantkeepquiet Day in Monument Square, Portland Maine by singing and recording the iconic song that emerged from the Women’s March on Washington.
Portland Street Choir sings #icantkeepquiet
Posted by Sally Struever on Saturday, April 8, 2017
Please join us in song every first Monday of the month at Ludcke Auditorium, University of New England Portland campus. Rehearsals are held 6-7:30pm, and singers of all abilities and ages are welcome! You can also like our page on Facebook for up-to-the-minute announcements about gatherings, and sign up for our mailing list for other news. The street choir can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.