“Maggie Wheeler and Emile Hassan Dyer create a remarkable musical space. Their optimism, skill, and gentle humanity invite the audience to participate in musical creation. Utilizing songs and music traditions from diverse world cultures, they weave singing, drumming and story telling into a powerful and incredible musical tapestry of peace , justice and abiding joy. It is both delightful and profound . ”
— A. Boyer St Paul's UCC
Our music has taken us on some wonderful travels.
Each year we have many musical adventures.
The pandemic has stayed with us keeping us from singing in person but the song leading community dug deeply and found ways to keep people singing together.
Maggie continued to lead virtual choir sessions on Zoom with here particpants joining from the US, Canada & Europe. She joined as a guest leader with many singing friends in the US and abroad and continued curating and hosting online singing events and workshops with musical guests from around the world. These years of enforced isolation have allowed our musical community to expand in extraordinary ways and will be a lasting gift even in the midst of these profoundly difficult times.
In March of 2020 -the world changed for everyone. Maggie & Emile continued to hold choir sessions on line, & produce two virtual concerts with their now internationally attended choir.
Simultaneously Maggie created an online community song gathering called TOGETHER IN SONG, meeting each Saturday, bringing together 80 guest song leaders and 4000 attendees from around the world. As a result Together In Song was able to donate funds to social justice organizations throughout the year.
February of 2020 found Maggie & Emile back at the Sivananda Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas for their 2nd time presenting at the Devotional Song Festival.
Maggie & Emile were at the Omega Institute for their annual Singing In The Stream workshop
Performed in support of the The Center for The Blessed Sacrament , dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in Los Angeles.
Maggie & Emile were among the esteemed faculty gathered for " Singing On The Edge", the first campus wide singing festival at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
Maggie & Emile presented at Ted X Manhattan Beach leading the audience in song.
*Also in November -
Maggie traveled to Iowa to the Oakdale Prison to share music with Oakdale Choir, comprised of incarcerated men & "outside singers".
The Golden Bridge choir performed their winter concert "Forged By Love" with proceeds going to a family who lost their home and place of business in the Woolsey fire .
The Golden Bridge Choir performed two concerts in December Love Show Us The Way " with proceeds going to helps orphans in South Africa through the Dream Out Loud Foundation and our Spring concert and May, : "Brand New Day" with proceeds going to a young family who lost their home in the Thomas fires here in California.
Performed on MLK day at the INTO ACTION gathering
Performed at the Desire To Inspire awards event.
Performed at Fast Pitch LA - a mentoring program providing cash awards for innovative non-profits .
Maggie & Emile traveled to Duluth Minnesota for a collaborative concert with Sara Thomsen and the Echoes Of Peace Choir
& at the Women's Congress for Future Generations .
In May Maggie & Emile joined a tribe of extraordinary song leaders in Santa Cruz at the Song Village gathering.
* August - Omega Institute
January - Maggie and Emile traveled to the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas as part of the Interfaith Devotional Singing Festival - On the Wings of Ecstasy .
February- they spent two wonderful and full days at the Ethel Walker School in Connecticut teaching workshops to students and staff as well as conducting an evening workshop for parents, faculty and alumni.
February- Maggie spoke with upper school students at the Westmark School in Encino.
March- Maggie flew east to Ithaca, NY where she was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at Cornell University for their first Treble Choir Conference - Empowerment Through Music .
May - the GBC performed their Spring concert "Deeper Roots"
June - the choir performed at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium as part of LA MADE.
August - Maggie and Emile were back at the Omega Institute
teaching their vocal workshop , "Singing In The Stream".
All the while the Golden Bridge Choir in Los Angeles continues to thrive and grow .