The creative process of collective songwriting becomes a community building celebration once songs are completed. Participants perform whenever possible - in concerts, on video and CD, and via broadcasts - collaborating with professional musicians to share their new songs with audiences at home and afar. Performances take place at concert halls, conferences, congregations, community centers, schools and on-line.
Songwriting Works' Touring Ensemble of professional musicians brings benefit concerts, musical lecture-demonstrations and workshops to performing arts centers, libraries, schools and healthcare facilities. Participants' songs, and when possible participants themselves, are featured. Film screenings and post-concert discussions can be included.
Radio, television, and internet broadcasts carry the music further.
To find out more about booking a concert or film presentation, or to receive notice of events in your area, contact us.
"A 'Specially Wonderful Affair"
“If we stop (singing) now the terrorists have won.”
– Birdie Gintzler, age 97 on 9/11/2001
During the week of September 11, 2001, elders residing at the Jewish Home San Francisco started recording their debut CD “Island on a Hill.” Filmmaker Nathan Friedkin captured the process in his internationally acclaimed documentary “A ‘Specially Wonderful Affair,” in which the elders, average age 87, perform their songs. They are accompanied by Judith-Kate Friedman (guitar/vocals,), Daniel Hoffman (violin), Beth Custer (clarinet), Randy Craig (piano), and other guest musicians.