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About Soundfalls


Building community through collaborative conversation

Soundfalls! Helping people be a part of creation rather than mere observers of it. 

Soundfalls is comprised of a web of dedicated contributors, volunteers and participants who work together to help communities discover, identify, and celebrate important shared historic places and open spaces, and the traditions that take place within them. The Soundfalls Experience taps into the infinite flow of all forms of our varied, yet common, wisdoms. Through collaborative and creative processes, we lift people up out of the categories they feel define them, allowing new relationships within community to form.


The name Soundfalls came from reading and music nights that started in 2006. We grew into the Soundfalls Institute of Live Performance, a community participation performance company. Activities vary in size from private lessons and master classes, to studio collaborations and workshops, to large shows and community celebrations. By 2015, we had involved over four thousand people from around the region (and in some cases from across the country), and had begun holding regular, bi-monthly workshops for people wanting to experience sharing music in community without all the pressures of performance. 

Now Soundfalls is changing again, expanding to include discussions about the future of community resources.

Learn about our founder

Maren Van Nostrand (B.A., M.U.P.) is a highly skilled researcher, writer, organizer, planner, educator and musician. She works closely within communities to help them discover, clarify, and define what is important to their health and development. 


Our Collaborators 

Rather than clicking on social media, or consuming commercial entertainment, find ways to connect with those creating music from the ground up, in your own community--with us! Here at Soundfalls, we include everyone, and we're all connected and just waiting to hear from you. Click here for a list of folks whose lives have been changed through Soundfalls, and who continue to lift up others in story and song. 

Listen to our podcasts

Many of our live shows and performances have been captured in recordings accessible through this link. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the timeless tradition of storytelling, live music, and you never know what else! That's the joy of community creativity. Each show is different from the next, each performer like no other!

We are passionate about building community.  If you are curious about our process, we are happy to meet with you for an initial consultation.

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