About World Singing Day

On October 20, 2018, thousands of people sang together in dozens of cities and countries on 6 continents. Tune in to World Singing Day on Facebook and Instagram to see images with the hashtag #worldsingingday. Mark your calendars for October 19, 2019 for our next global sing-along event.

MISSION: To unite the global family by singing together

World Singing Day is a global sing-along, held annually on the third Saturday in October. The event celebrates our common humanity, using the power of singing to connect communities and promote well being. Through its focus on positive human interactions, World Singing Day aims to combat isolation and transcend local and global conflicts.

World Singing Day is not religious or political, nor does it promote any one country or culture. Rather, it encourages people to put aside their differences and celebrate what we all share as human beings.

We invite people of all ages and backgrounds – from shower singers to celebrities – to sing with their friends, family, school, club, organization or community in October.

Founded in 2012, World Singing Day is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Our Team

Scott Johnson

Founder/Executive Director, World Singing Day – Boulder, Colorado, USA

Scott founded World Singing Day with the belief that nothing bonds people faster that the joy of music and singing together. He has written and produced music for over 40 years, including 6 albums of his own songs, ranging from children’s music to adult contemporary pop/rock. In 2003, Scott co-founded and ran the Positive Music Association to promote artists and music with universal, life-affirming messages, and in 2012 received the Posi Award for Outstanding Contribution to Positive Music.

Heather Stenner

Director of Public Engagement – Singer/Songwriter/Music Teacher/Speaker – Longmont, Colorado, USA

Heather believes creating positive musical experiences for those who don’t consider themselves as musical is incredibly powerful.  She is a music educator, composer and owner of Enthusic Music Company, LLC  Her energy and passion for music is infectious and as an elementary school music teacher for over 20 years, she enjoys guiding people to find their own musical passions.  She’s performed across the US, Japan and Europe, written a number of music CDs and songbooks and produces a wide variety of resources for music teachers.

Sue Ross

Australia Host Organiser – Perth, Australia

Sue was a primary school music teacher for twenty years before she realised her natural ability in creating a safe place for everyone to sing. She founded Choirs4kids and VividVoices – community singing groups for all in Perth, Australia. She has vast experience in all areas of music in the UK and Australia, plays lots of instruments and simply loves how singing is something that everyone can do.

Tim Lane

Board Member – Broomfield, Colorado, USA

Tim has been involved with vocal music the majority of his life both personally and professionally. He worked for over 35 years directing and managing performing arts programs in the U.S. and around the world and has developed lasting international friendships and connections to help grow World Singing Day.

Sridhar Ranganathan

WSD Board member – Founder/CEO, Shankar Mahadevan Academy, and Cloodon – Bangalore, India

Sridhar is the founder and CEO of the Shankar Mahadevan Academy, an online music school of Indian music, with over 13,000 students in 72 countries. He is a founding trustee of Meghshala, a program in India that empowers teachers with an imaginative curriculum. Sridhar is a serial entrepreneur with more than 23 years of experience in software and wireless technology.

Suzanne Barton

WSD Board member – Writer/Creative Producer – Melbourne, Australia

Suzanne is passionate about connecting creatives, emerging artists and communities to create projects that remind us to take delight in the world around us and help us make it a better place. Her background includes a range of creative and corporate communications roles and love of singing in all its forms – especially in harmony. She has worked for Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choir program and was the founding producer of OperaBox WA.

Arianna Snow Hickey

Advisory Board member – Jazz Studies Major – Greeley, Colorado, USA

Arianna is currently finishing her degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Her musical experience ranges from musical theatre to jazz to rock and blues. Arianna is thrilled about the opportunity to use any form of art, particularly music, to raise global awareness and unite strangers.

Stan Lankowitz

Advisory Board member – Executive Coach – Centennial, Colorado, USA

Stan, M.Ed., L.P.C., has dedicated his career to helping leaders in nonprofit organizations and businesses resolve problems, explore new possibilities, design and implement strategic plans, and achieve success. The coaching he has provided for over 30 years help people improve the quality of their lives in both personal and professional domains. He has written a number of books on coaching, career planning, and health and happiness.

Marty Elcan

Advisory Board member – Film Director – Los Angeles, California, USA

Marty has been a director in the Directors Guild with over 27 years production experience in film. She has been Assistant Director on many films including Steel Magnolias, Driving Miss Daisy, Mystic Pizza, and Rush. Marty directed the Indie feature film Next of Kin, featuring Octavia Spencer and Ed Begley Jr. She recently directed and produced the Sign Language educational series “Shut Up and Sign.”

Zuza Bohley

Advisory Board member – United Nations Association Representative – Boulder, Colorado, USA

Born and raised in East Germany, Zuza was traded at the age of 14 as a political prisoner to West Germany. A Fulbright scholar, she earned a master’s degree at UT–Austin in the 1980s. She has been an educator for over 20 years at private and bilingual schools, and has been an active volunteer at numerous Boulder County non-profits. Zuza is the Rocky Mountain Region’s representative for the United Nations Association.

John Kagaruki

Advisory Board member – Audio and visual production – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

From Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, John brings a wide variety of creative talents to our Advisory Board, including sound engineering, web and mobile app development, graphic design, stage production, and marketing. John is also a musician, singer, and speaks Swahili.

Thomas Reed

Advisory Board member – Attorney – Los Angeles, California, USA

A graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, Tom specializes in nonprofit, estate, tax and employee benefits law. Tom is a partner with the law firm of Hill, Farrer & Burrill, which was established in 1923.

Testimonials

  • World Singing Day is a mind-blowing idea. Just imagine what would happen if the whole world sang together.

    Shankar Mahadevan, Indian singer and Bollywood composer
  • World Singing Day is a brilliant idea – millions of people around the world singing together to celebrate our common humanity. Imagine!

    Dave Ellis, Best-selling author, humanitarian
  • ‘Sing Along Loveland’ was a terrific success. Everyone had a great time singing together. What a great community event.

    Cecil Gutierrez, Mayor of the City of Loveland, Colorado, USA

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