Valley Voices To Begin Again: ‘Singing Builds Community’

Communities / Sep. 7, 2017 9:05am EDT

Martha Slater – 767-3025

“Singing together is a wonderful way to lift your spirits and create a sense of community,” said Sue Ribaudo, who will soon begin another session as song leader of Valley Voices, a free informal choral group that meets every two weeks on the second floor of the Rochester Public Library.

“It’s open to anyone,” Ribaudo noted. “There are no auditions, but you must be able to carry a tune!”

“I teach easily learned songs of various styles and add harmony,” she said. “Before you know it, we are making beautiful music together! The upstairs space of the Rochester Library provides wonderful acoustics.”

“During my previous sessions, people have enjoyed getting together and singing songs from around the world, some American folk music, some pop music from various decades,” she added. “For this session, I will also offer the option of culminating the series by offering our songs at a senior center.”

Now retired from a career teaching music to children, Ribaudo has also led singing groups for adults for many years.

“During the time we lived in Cincinnati and later in Baltimore, I also had a professional career doing concerts for children and families, making recordings, and singing with a trio called Hot Soup,” she noted.

Before moving to Rochester, Ribaudo and her husband, Vic, lived in New York City for 14 years. During the last eight years of that time, she directed the Threshold Choir of NYC, affiliated with other choirs across the country who sing for seriously ill patients, including Hospice and cancer patients.

“My parents sang in choirs and we loved to sing around the campfire when I was a kid,” she recalled. “As an adult, I was inspired by Pete Seeger and the a capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Since Vic and I retired here two years ago, I’ve been singing with The Three Sues (with Sue Clarke and Susan Rule), and The Mountain Music Singers, and teaching these workshops.”

The first meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. Other meetings will follow on Tuesday, Oct. 10; and Tuesday, Oct. 24; with a final session of Tuesday, Nov. 7.

For more information, and to sign up, contact Ribaudo at

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