Wholehearted is a non-audition, heart-led, joy-based community chorus with 70 members, ages 16-88, in Monterey & Big Sur, CA.
Led by Lisa G. Littlebird, Wholehearted sings uplifting songs learned by oral tradition from around the world.
The Wholehearted Chorus Spring Season is open to anyone 14 or over who wishes to join us. New members are welcome to check us out – your first visit is free.
2107 Spring Season: January 9 – May 15
Please note there will be no regular meetings during the month of March. Special workshops with guest leaders will be held each Monday and are listed on the events page.
Our spring chorus retreat will be April 15 & 16 in Big Sur.
The spring concerts will be May 12th & 15th.
A $250 up-front donation is requested from season singers. This covers 12-weeks of classes, concert expenses, printed lyric book and customized practice recordings. Pay here or by check/ cash at class. Alternately, you may choose to be a year-round Wholehearted subscription donor (scroll down).
Scholarship assistance is available for those with limited financial means.
In-between the spring and fall 12-week concert seasons we meet weekly for drop-in classes. During the concert seasons we learn more complex songs over time with richer harmonies, culminating in two concerts. New and returning singers are welcome anytime with no commitment, although consistent attendance during the seasons is recommended. Drop-ins welcome by donation ($10-20 suggested.)
All songs are learned by oral tradition with no sheet music. Practice recordings and lyric sheets are provided during the seasons to support learning.
Choose the location most convenient for you. All singers are always welcome at either or both. Our two communities join and sing together in our season concerts.
We meet at Evolution Transformative Arts Studio in Pacific Grove (see map below.) Join this group and leave a review on Meetup.com.
We meet at the Big Sur Grange Hall. The Grange is located on the west side of Highway 1 just south of the Big Sur Roadhouse.
The scholarship fund allows us to welcome singers in financial need. Your support is creating a circle of generosity… thank you!
Our singing tribe is sustained through subscriptions of our singers. While not required, singers may become regular, ongoing subscribers rather than choosing to pay for drop-in classes and season fees.
Singers who can’t join us often may become honorary subscribers.
Subscribe with Paypal here or make a one-time annual payment. Annual rates are: $60 Honorary, $780 Standard, $1200 Legacy.
Evolution Studio is located behind the Tin Cannery Mall with a street entrance on Sloat Avenue. Despite it’s Oceanview street address it is not accessible from either Oceanview or from inside the mall. Street parking is available right outside on Sloat Ave. It is metered, however they don’t check the meters during our class times.
Free parking is also available in the Tin Cannery lot on Eardley Ave. Tell the attendant you are going to an event at Evolution and park in the far corner of the lot. Walk down the steps and Evolution’s entrance is across the street.
Just show up! Wholehearted is open to men and women 14 and over. No experience or audition is required. We meet year round on Mondays at Evolution Studio in Pacific Grove and on Wednesdays at the Grange Hall in Big Sur. During our spring and fall seasons we sings songs that take more time to learn so we recommend more consistent attendance. Drop-ins are always welcome as well.
The Wholehearted Chorus requires no commitment, although consistent attendance will support your learning and greatly contributes to our sense of community. If you wish to sing in the concerts at least 50% attendance is requested.
Singers who come consistently are requested to contribute an up-front donation of $200 for the spring and fall seasons if they are able. Scholarships are available for those with financial hardship. Singers are also welcome to drop-in and offer a cash or check donation per class.
Yes! There are no attendance requirements. You can use the practice recordings to support your learning if you miss meetings and still want to sing in the concerts. We do request that you endeavor to come as often as you can though, as it significantly assists our sense of community. Singing in the concerts is optional.
Please drop in! You are very welcome to join us for our season classes on a drop-in basis. The first half of the season is the ideal time for new singers to join us, or at the drop-in classes between the seasons. If you drop in or join us more than halfway through a season it may be more challenging to keep up with our learning.
Lisa also offers a Tuesday night drop-in class of spiritual, healing and devotional singing in Carmel. All are welcome, year-round. Learn more here:
Singers are welcome to attend the Monterey (Monday) or Big Sur (Wednesday) classes, or both. Your season contribution covers them all. Visiting the other tribe is fun and encouraged. Both groups sing together at the retreat and concerts.
We sing songs from a wide variety of genres in two to four part harmony. All songs are learned by oral tradition, with no sheet music. We sing a diverse mixture of traditional chants & rounds from around the world, spirituals, gospel, traditional and contemporary folk, pop and original compositions from Lisa and many talented chorus members.
During the fall and spring seasons we use lyric sheets and practice recordings to support learning.
Find our fall song list here:
Wholehearted has a closed group Facebook page for regular singers to share information. Request to be added here:
Wholehearted is on Meetup! Welcome new singers and help them find us by RSVPing to classes and leave a review:
Songs with recordings of individual parts will begin being posted on the website early in the season. Custom practice CDs become available about halfway through each season.
It's amazing how people sing out and even do their best when they just feel free ``like birds`` to sing and have fun. No one is yelling at them to raise their pitch, etc. People under Lisa's leadership seem to naturally be in musical harmony.
I am blessed to have a beautiful singing circle here in Monterey at last! I consider it my song sangha! The leader is Lisa Goettel. She is lovely, sings like a bird, with such a generosity of spirit and is a very skilled and delightful teacher. She is spreading the joy of singing together around the world and making these songs accessible to all.
I find it strange that with all the psycho-therapeutic modalities I've explored, I never really put singing together with healing. How did I miss that ? (rhetorical) There was a moment during last weeks class that Lisa said (in a rather quiet voice) ``We're Healers.`` That was the moment it crystallized.
Lisa is a whiz at bringing out the best in us with a Buddhist approach - total acceptance, no judgment, great support, empathy and compassion. My friends at our spring concert were wowed and loved it all - they all commented on the great assortment of songs, the fact that we all seemed to be in complete joy and that they were infected by our passion.
I feel like I’ve found my heart’s home with all of you. Lisa and her vision are a gift from the Divine.