The C'ville Sing Out! - Event Details

We sing out for charlottesville

After the tragic events of last August, The C'ville Sing Out! intends to bring our community together for healing, harmony, and fun. 

What is it?

It's a big, one-time sing-out modeled on Toronto's Choir Choir Choir! that is open to everyone - NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! All ages, all walks of life are welcome. Come as you are, ready to sing out! 

When is it?

Sunday, August 12 at 2:00PM: an informal rehearsal will take place at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church. Everyone who has registered to sing will receive a packet containing the sheet music for three songs. We will then learn and practice those songs. (The doors will open at 12:30PM and additional registrations for those not yet signed up will begin at 1:00PM, at which time we also distribute the packets. Please arrive early.)

At 3:30PM, the whole group will walk to IX Art Park just down the street for the Sing Out! Shuttles will be available for those unable to walk.

Those who do not wish to sing are invited to attend the event at IX Art Park at 4:00pm.

Who can sing?


We're hoping hundreds of community members will create a big, rich, joyous sound to celebrate C'ville. We'd love to have your voice and support!

Update: Over 350 people have registered!!!

What will we sing?

  • "Hallelujah"- Leonard Cohen
  • "Glory" - John Legend
  • "Charlottesville" - Evelyn Carter
  • "We The People" - Stephan Said

Terri Allard will lead the singing of Leonard Cohen’s HALLELUJAH. Reverend Almeta Ingram-Miller - the leader of the Legendary Ingramettes -Richmond’s first family of gospel music - will lead John Legend’s GLORY, alongside rapper and recording artist J-Willz (Virginia’s Golden Child, Golden Child Willz).
Leading CHARLOTTESVILLE, a song written in the 1980s by the late Evelyn Carter, a legendary member of the local African American community, will be distinguished soloist James BryantEvelyn Carter, composer of "Charlottesville," was a C'ville native. Her talents included teaching, composing and singing.  She was a faithful member of Mt. Zion and a local legend!

Watch this powerful video on making the music video of Stephan Said's new single, 'We The People,' with youth and activists in Charlottesville & Richmond.

How will it work?

Folders containing the music and an agenda for the day will be distributed at 1:00 PM at Mt. Zion church.

Rehearsal begins at 2:00.  The registration staff will assign each participant to a rehearsal room at Mt. Zion.

We will congregate at the upper level parking lot at Mt. Zion and march to IX Art Park at 3:30 PM, singing "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing!" 

Once at the Ix Park, ushers will direct you to The C'ville Sing Out! location within IX Art Park!

At the end of the one-hour celebration, the choir will march out singing "We Are The World," as a parade of the Flags of Nations, with flags provided by Covenant Church.

Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket if standing for long periods will be difficult.

Who is Organizing?

The C'ville Sing Out! is being organized by members of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir including:

Michelle Allen
Claudine Brown
Victor Brown
Kate Buford
Lt. Tito Durrette
Dr. Alvin Edwards
Councilor Kathy Galvin
Katherine Scott Gilliam
George Harris
Pamela Harris
Supervisor Ann Mallek
Dr. Leo Mallek
Carolyn Mitchell
Nico Scopelliti
David Simmons, Jr.
Director Jonathan Spivey
Cindy Stratton
Elly Tucker


Sunday, August 12, 2018
2:00PM : Rehearsal @ Mt. Zion
4:00PM : Sing Out! @ IX Art Park


Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church
105 Lankford Ave, Charlottesville, VA

Sing Out!
IX Art Park
955 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA

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