Synagogue Dedication, Jewish Home, San Francisco, CA.
photo credit: Alain McLaughlin
“One of the most successful community building events we’ve had.
Jew, Catholic, Russian, Guatamalen, went forth celebrating our shared experience.”
--Marie O’Connor, Pastoral Care Coordinator, Francis of Assisi Community
Songwriting Works™ events celebrate songs composed by communities in regular workshop
programs or in one-time special songwriting sessions focused on a particular theme. While the
Songwriting Works workshop process draws out individual’s creativity and honors their voices
in the midst of composing a song, special events are the time when these new original songs are
brought forward into the larger community. It's always a cause for celebration!
Songwriting Works™ workshops can be designed to:
- Give tribute • Leave a legacy • Explore group identity • Build rapport between diverse groups • Raise community issues • Facilitate discussion • Give voice to a community, time, or place
Examples of concert and community recital events include:
- Synagogue dedication – in which elders sang original Psalms Songs
- Gala Tribute – in which elders performed songs honoring retiring executive director for 600
- Gratitude Concert – in which inner city middle school students performed songs of thanks for
elders and staff with whom they had volunteered in a service project at a residential care home.
In addition, Judith-Kate Friedman and associates design unique interactive
music programs for families, health and educational institutions,
community agencies and the business community and produce intergenerational and creative aging
public awareness events. Partial proceeds benefit on-going Songwriting Works programs.