SONGWEAVERS: New Hampshire's Original Women's Community Chorus
Peggo Horstmann Hodes, director
Meets Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. OR Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
For the fall 2021 semester, Songweavers will be a hybrid class with in-person and virtual options available. Chorus members must be vaccinated for Covid-19 in order to participate in this in-person ensemble. Face masks are also required for in-person participants, who are strongly encouraged to purchase special choral masks such as these: https://www.broadwayreliefproject.com/singersmask. Please visit our Covid Response Update page for a full list of protocols.
“Singing is a symphony of the soul."—Hildegaard von Bingen
Songweavers is New Hampshire’s original women’s community chorus, open without audition to women and teens. This is our 30th anniversary year of building community through singing together!
Based on the belief that everyone can sing, Songweavers is a coming-together of spirit and heart through music. Begun 30 years ago by Carolyn Parrott for women who were afraid to sing, it has grown into a joyous chorus of kindred souls.
Everyone can sing; it’s a human birthright. When we sing, it makes us happy. It’s a whole body experience. The vibrations the Songweavers make together as a group are transformative, for individual and group alike.
Songweavers is an aural tradition chorus. All of the music is learned by ear, in the traditional style of call and response. Director Peggo Horstmann Hodes sings each part, and chorus members sing it back. Before long, the chorus is singing in four-part harmony accompanied occasionally by piano and always with the drive of African style drums.
Songweavers is a force of nature, driven by the passion and power of each singer joined in harmony with toe-tapping percussion.
Can I join?
Songweavers is for women of any age who like to sing. No musical experience or note-reading is required. To help women learn the parts, recordings are available for each individual part as well as the whole song.
Schedule: Songweavers rehearses in two groups, on Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm and Wednesdays 9:30-11:00am. In March and April, rehearsals are two hours long as the chorus prepares for the spring concerts.
Singers are welcome to attend one or both rehearsals. At the end of each semester, both groups join their voices to share the musical fruits of their time together.
Tuition: $150.00 per semester (plus an annual registration fee of $30.00) or $285.00 for both semesters. Includes both Tuesday and Wednesday rehearsals. Songweavers scholarships are available. Ask about our Mother/Daughter/Family rate!
Register Now or call 603-228-1196.
Songweavers director Peggo Horstmann Hodes (M.Mus. from New England Conservatory and M.Ed. from Lesley University) has been affiliated with the Concord Community Music School since its inception, as a singer, student, mother of two students, voice teacher, Voice Department Chair, long-time performer and collaborator with other faculty, and, for the past five years, as the director of the Songweavers.
Peggo has taught elementary school, children’s music, voice, and directed a number of choruses, including Karitas, a small women’s ensemble, and the CCMS Scholarship Vocal Ensemble. Peggo developed and leads Vibrant Voice workshops, which help people find their core voice—speaking, singing, and spiritual—and express themselves with their full, vibrant voice.
Peggo has performed as a singer and soloist for 45 years. Starting with folk bands in high school and college, Peggo graduated to playing folk music with her husband, Paul Hodes. When their children were young, they wrote and created rock music for children and families with their band Peggosus, which won several national awards for their CDs. For ten years, Peggo sang soprano with femme m’amie, a 7-women a cappella group. In addition, to folk music, Peggo loves singing classical art songs. She has premiered numerous works written for her by New England composers and sung the soprano solo in many Messiahs. Currently, she is performing classical and folk music with Larksong Trio (piano, flute, & soprano), and love songs from jazz to blues to Broadway with multi-instrumentalist Kent Allyn.
"Singing with Songweavers grounds me. It's joyous and comforting. It makes me whole and is a hug for my soul."—Edna Bernier
"I joined Songweavers to get back into singing. I stay because it makes me feel good. Singing with a lot of other women makes me feel great for the rest of the day. I hate to miss it. These women have become my friends more quickly than I ever thought possible.”—Kathy Burpee
“Songweavers supported me many years ago when my son died, and they were there supporting me now for the death of my granddaughter. I can’t tell you how much that means to me.”—Peg Keeler
"I have a lot of music in my life, between lessons, theater, occasional recitals, and workshops. I participated in the women's ensemble over the summer with Dorothy. So I do not want for opportunities to sing. But Songweavers provides something that many other musical endeavors do not - I think they call it social capital. Community. Networking. Reaching out for help and to help within a community that welcomes such interaction. It's a great thing!”—Ellen Burger
The Songweaver Drummers explore African-style hand drumming and other percussion, including agogos (bells), shakers, and claves. The ensemble performs with the Songweavers at the annual spring concert.
For fall 2021, the Songweaver Drummers will meet virtually over Zoom on Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Intermediate and advanced drummers are welcome and a zoom link will be sent out prior to the first class.
Songhealers sing once a month for patients at Concord Hospital, Concord Hospice House, and Health South Rehabilitation Hospital.
Songhealers is a small group of Songweavers women who are dedicated to uplifting the spirits of people who are sick and dying. The group sings every other Thursday, meeting at 5:00 p.m. to rehearse that week's songs. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., they take the music to the halls and rooms of people who would like to hear some live music.