Why we sing together:
— In response to divisive U.S. politics, we want more harmony and community in our lives. Music-making leads to harmony, and builds community!

When and where:
— 2 to 4 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. We’re usually in Room 1.

How it works:

We have copies of Rise Up Singing and our own song book, and you are also welcome to bring songs to share. If you bring a song, please bring 16 sheets with lyrics and chords OR you can teach us your song by ear. We do everything from simple unison singing, to four-part harmony. We sing old songs and new songs, and occasionally a song one of us wrote.

We go around the circle, and each person gets to choose a song. We’ll try to sing anything you choose, but it will go better if you can sing and/or play the song for us. So plan ahead, figure out what song(s) you want to choose, and practice ahead of time. We love it if you teach us harmony parts for your song. We’re a supportive singing community, and we do our best to make everyone sound great.

We’re a song circle that also welcomes instruments. Bring your guitar, ukulele, autoharp, mandolin, fiddle, recorder, or any other instrument that goes well with singing.

Hope you can join us!

And tell all your singing and picking friends to come, too!


1. We used to be “Sing for Democracy,” but people did not understand what that meant, so we changed our name to “Harmonic Circle.”
2. Many of us also sing with the Palo Alto Sacred Harp singers, who meet from 2-4 p.m. on 2nd and 4th Sundays, at the same location.