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Sharon's recipe for life: movement + awareness + rest + humor. Stir slowly, bake until easy. It's that simple.

Lift Every Voice benefit concert

On October 15, 2011, eight musical performance groups will lift their voices in support of the Village at Ithaca.

This year’s LIFT EVERY VOICE for SUCCESS concert is at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (at Court and Aurora Street).

The concert will feature Ephemera, Vitamin L, the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus, The Touchtones, the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, 22 Strings of Love, the children of the Community Unity Music Education Program, and a multi-faith choir of local church and synagogue singers. Video clips will highlight students and families involved in the programs of the Village at Ithaca.

This annual concert benefits the Village at Ithaca and encourages community participation. The mission of The Village at Ithaca is to advocate for excellence and equity in Ithaca’s public schools, by developing strategic community relationships, programs and services to ensure that students, particularly Black, Latino, and low-income students, consistently meet or exceed local and New York state standards of achievement.

This is the 9th annual Lift Every Voice concert to benefit the Village at Ithaca, which began as a joint project of Calvary Baptist and St. Pauls’s United Methodist churches. Their original vision of healing race relations by making music together has grown to include a diverse line-up of adult and youth performers from both town and gown.  This year, inspired by new friendships formed through Healing Ithaca prayer services, and increased awareness of the need to work together to support education, the planning committee expanded to include nine representatives of religious congregations and community organizations. This team includes the two founding churches, First Congregational, and First Unitarian Church, Congregation Tikkun V’or  (Ithaca Reform Temple) and Temple Beth-El, as well as members from Cornell and the Human Services Coalition. The group has worked together all year to orchestrate an evening of fabulous music, and a networking reception to expand partnerships and make resources available for more children and youth. Together, we Lift Every Voice for Success of all students, with an ever-expanding group of supporters.

Tickets available at <>,  at the door, and at many area houses of worship including the TBE office.

Suggested donation of $10.

LIFT EVERY VOICE FOR SUCCESS: Celebrating and Supporting the Success of All Our Students Saturday, October 15, 7 p.m.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

A word from an ephemeral fan…

We just have to share with you the response we’re getting! What follows is from a new fan:

“I just wanted to send you a really REALLY HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL OF EPHEMERA sharing music with us at last Sunday’s cabaret. I THOUGHT THE ENSEMBLE WAS AWESOME…….I literally had goosebumps on my arms when your voices came from all parts of the room as you generously harmonized…

The whole concept of the group….the way you evolve your improvs….the written material….I found all of it beautiful, spontaneous, spiritual and joyous….The musicality of the group speaks volumes…..thank you so much for being with us in music.

Peace…and do let me know when you are performing again…”

share your front porch story in only 3 sentences

We closed our rehearsal last night with an game we call “3 Sentence Story.”

We chose a theme: Front Porch.

We created a gentle rocking tapestry of  sounds as a backdrop.

We took turns stepping forward and sharing our stories in just 3 sentences.

One-by-one we shared.   One-by-one we left the circle.

The result was a moving, beautiful, heart-wrenching, love filled tapestry.


Will you share yours with us?

open community sing today!

Got a song in your heart that just needs singin?  We do too!

That’s why we’re hosting a Community Sing TODAY Saturday Feb 5th.

Come on down and sing with us!  We’ll give you the parts to sing, so no pressure to improvise if you don’t want to.

It’s totally FREE*, just bring your voice and a water bottle to:
512 Buffalo St. (back entrance)
Ithaca, NY
Enter around the back, and plan to remove your shoes upon arrival (bring slippers or socks if you’d like)

*Donations will be accepted (though not expected) to help us cover material costs

See you there!