"I had such a marvelous experience...this is my first time singing with a choir and I have signed up for the next session."
– Anne Sands, Bolinas/Dogtown
"There is something about blending one’s voice with others. It’s a feeling not quite like any other, the sheer capacity of the vibrations. It’s amazing. It’s incredible and transcendental always!"
– Norene Jelliffe, Point Reyes Station
"I joined the choir for the first time in Fall 2016 when I was in need of feeling like I was a member of a community – and boy, was I not disappointed. Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with my friends and neighbors, belting it out each week, no matter what the tune or who could carry it, was a surprisingly profound and joyful experience. Each week after practice I sang all the way home in the car and woke up the next morning with a song as my first 'thought.' From time to time I even dream-sang. What a gift this choir is. And... I would not have been able to afford the dues without the generosity of the Sound Orchard Scholarship Fund. Thank you Debbie and Tim for creating, sustaining and helping to fund this heart-opening come-as-you-are club!"
– Wendy McLaughlin, Point Reyes Station
I've sung in lots of choirs since 1972, and Common Voice is the most fun one I've been in."
– Eleanore Lyman, Bolinas
"Besides being gifted musicians, Tim and Debbie are community builders."
– Elizabeth River, Point Reyes Station
"Tim and Debbie are magicians – they take thirty un-auditioned strangers and within ten minutes have them singing together like they've been practicing for weeks! It's a heavenly experience and every participant leaves each session high on life and singing."
– Harriet Moss, Stinson Beach
"You can tell the quality of a community by the music it makes. It elevates the experience of one another, our neighbors, by the contribution of doing it and the joy it affords. And especially Harmony singing where you make music, and do it with the constant awareness of the contributions of and synchronicity with your fellows (who soon and inevitably become your friends). I so love the good heart and talent of Debbie and Tim. And a nice addition in our group is that we are from both Bolinas and Stinson, and Common Voice draws the two communities further together in such a warm, easy and permanent way."
– Jamie Sutton, Stinson Beach
“In 2013 I was one of the original members of Common Voice, a joyous workshop of song open to all. Common Voice deserves the support of all of the institutional funders in West Marin to make it a permanent cultural treasure of West Marin.”
– Tom Silk, Bread & Roses, 2015
"I have had one of my most wonderful singing experiences ever. About 40 folks from Stinson and Bolinas have gathered once a week to create music that is powerful and transforming. Debbie Daly and Tim Weed are professional musicians, and they give scholarships for the choir. I was a scholarship recipient this session and I wouldn't have had this rich musical experience without that encouragement."
– Beth Perry, Stinson Beach– Beth Perry, Stinson Beach
"Common Voice has changed my life. I was looking for a group singing opportunity because I missed singing with others which was a big part of my youth. I attended the fall session in Pt. Reyes and was the highlight of my week. I loved it because it made me so happy (and I have been grieving my husband of 42 years who died). I am commuting with a carpool because it is so important to me. They are very professional and organized and their website is great because we can hear and rehearse our parts at home."
– Diane Matthew, Mount Barnabe Farm, Forest Knolls
"The choir has brought my voice to life again after being dormant for about ten years. It fills a need in my soul. The benefits carry through all week until the next meeting. Joy is one of the main returns and a very deep sense of participation in community. It gets me out of my little self, particularly because of the music that is presented from cultures from all parts of our planet. . . African, Native American, gospel, etc. The music is very easy to learn, without having to sweat over printed pages. . . . it is immediately rewarding.”
–Devi Weisenberg, Inverness
"I have received a beautiful gift with becoming a member of this choir and sharing the joy of making music within the warm and welcoming community of Stinson, Bolinas and Point Reyes Station! I've been introduced to communities who extend kindness and respect with generosity and joy I never would have been aware of without this program. It is a one of a kind!"
– Annette Pirrone, San Anselmo
“We could not be more thrilled with our participation, and we have encouraged everyone we know to join us.... We are particularly enthusiastic because we have felt a serious lack of community-oriented functions in Stinson Beach. Already we have found new friends of all ages who have been drawn by word of mouth and reputation. Debbie and Tim are remarkable in that they are making a big effort (and succeeding, I might add) making a life and career of their exquisite talents in the arts. I cannot imagine anything more beneficial to our communities.”
–Ginny & Will Felch, Stinson Beach
"A wonderful, inclusive community gathering that provides both wonderful music and a feeling of cohesiveness that is very special. I am delighted by the warm way in which the co-leaders encourage singers at all levels to feel confident in enjoying joining in this amazing community success story, bringing together the communities of West Marin in a joyful, enthusiastic and satisfying group activity that I hope will be come a permanent tradition."
–Clodagh Orton, Stinson Beach
"A very rewarding experience. To have such great facilitators and to hear the harmonies of the chorus is magical. This group generates the best in community coming together."
–Daniel Patrick, Stinson Beach, Murphy Productions Arts & Music
“An hour and a half of pure joy. All you need do is show up – and you get the help you need.”
–Enid Stevens, Stinson Beach
"Every Tuesday night I get high rehearsing with this gang. They stir us up, egg us on, and make us into a glorious chorus."
– Elizabeth River, Point Reyes Station
"At last, a wonderful explosion of song bringing people from the West Marin community together. All one has to do is look around this group spanning ages from 20-year-olds to 80-plus-year-olds and know this is a great community project! How else could we get the folks from Stinson, Bolinas, Inverness & Point Reyes in the same room with the biggest smiles and toe tapping one can imagine?!
And what a joyous way to forget your troubles through song! In the past I have been too intimidated to sing in a group before, never trusting my voice, BUT with such great directors I feel like a star! Not only is it fun to be a participant, I’ve made new friends and get to see old ones.”
– Nancy Jo Olin Heldt, Stinson Beach
"I have had the good fortune to be part of West Marin Choir for 2 years and have received scholarship help without which I would not have been able to participate. I am extremely grateful for this experience. Learning to carry parts of harmonies while hearing the other parts is consciousness expanding. What a gift to our community!"
– Melinda Leithold, Inverness
"It was thrilling to learn such different music with such a generous and genuine conductor. And we pulled it off! We sounded great. Thank you for taking the leap with us, trusting that we could do it."
– Kerry Livingston, Inverness
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