Jamaica Plain Gazette, January 17, 2014.

Chorus praises JP in song lyrics

A Jamaica Plain-based choral group, SingPositive, featured a cover of a Disney song with lyrics adapted to highlight JP life in a concert last month. "Here in JP," sung to the tune of "Under the Sea" from the movie "The Little Mermaid," talks of JP's parks, notable stores and restaurants like Kitchenwitch and Wonder Spice, the Footlight Club and even home births. It also rhymes "read the Gazette" with "visit the vet"...

Jamaica Plain Gazette, May 25, 2012.

Community chorus brings music to JP

A new all-ages community chorus, SingPositive!, aims to bring music to Jamaica Plain's art scene. "Jamaica Plain has so many artists, musicians and community-oriented residents, but no community chorus" until now, Executive Director Krissy Skare told the Gazette...

Boston Globe, December 4, 2010.

Oratorio brings home El Salvador's pain

Vice consul in Boston sings of horrors she lived through

Ena Ursula Pena was shuttled from house to house as a child to avoid government assassins when her mother, a labor activist, received death threats... Tonight, Pena, now the Salvadoran vice consul in Boston, will give voice to emotions that are as keenly felt as her passion for human rights and feminist causes...

Boston Globe, December 21, 2008.

The Song Remains the Same

Once passe, Christmas carolers are back, and striking a welcome note in the city

"It's not by any means common," says Joel Sindelar, who leads caroling groups in Jamaica Plain, including today's fifth annual Boston Merry Christmas Caroling Mob. "And because people don't see them as much as they used to, it's doubly powerful when you carol these days."

Boston Globe, March 20, 2005.

'Churchless church choir'
a portal to heavenly music

Secular-minded singers welcome at JP group

With 60 copies of sheet music in hand and no idea who or how many people might show up, 34-year-old Joel Sindelar optimistically hauled his keyboard and guitar in on his ''modified mountain bike" for the first rehearsal of his Churchless Church Choir on March 6...

Hallmark Channel's New Morning program, November 1, 2005.

Waking Up

Theme of Program: The Church Within

Joel Sindelar was studying molecular biology at MIT when he decided to try singing in the university choir. The voice, they say, is the barometer of the soul and what started as a hobby soon became a passion for Joel. Now he's a choir director himself - and one of his favorite groups is for people who -- no matter what other jobs they have -- find their souls when they sing. They call themselves the Churchless Church Choir...

Jamaica Plain Bulletin, September 30, 2004.

JP-based chorus brings guerilla approach to music

At the JP Open Studios several weeks ago, there was one performance not on the schedule. A group of 16 men and women spontaneously burst into song in the middle of a Unitarian Church, leaving bystanders in awe and wondering what hit them...