SingPositive in Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts
Founded by Mr. Sindelar in the spring of 2012, SingPositive is an intergenerational family band and choir based at the Spontaneous Celebrations community arts center in Jamaica Plain. With 40 adult members and 20 junior members from 28 families, SingPositive performs to capacity audiences at its seasonal concerts, and performs regularly at the Wake Up The Earth Festival, the Lantern Parade, and at First Thursdays in Jamaica Plain.
In the fall of 2016, SingPositive performed a Social Justice program in English, Spanish and Arabic with Cornell Coley and his latin jazz band Afrika Gente, including songs by Shakira, Manu Chao, and Juan Luis Guerra.
In addition to conducting, Mr. Sindelar arranges many of the songs for this unique configuration of intergenerational musicians. SingPositive rehearses on Sunday afternoons in Jamaica Plain.
The Boston Caroling Mob in Boston, Massachusetts
The Caroling Mob is an annual mass caroling event open to all Boston area singers, amateur and professional. Sindelar founded the event in 2003 as the logical extension of his annual Christmas Caroling parties; it has grown from 30 singers that first year to over 150 participants annually. The main goal of the Caroling Mob is to build community and goodwill, while de-emphasizing the commercial aspects of the holidays. The Mob has been featured in two Boston Globe articles, and is regularly highlighted in Boston Holiday guides in the Globe, the Metro and online.
The Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts
In September of 2014, Mr. Sindelar was hired by the Italian Home for Children to create a music program, at its day school for children with special needs in grades K-8. The Italian Home had gotten a grant to cover a part-time teacher's salary but had no instruments or teaching materials for a music program. Mr. Sindelar created a cigar-box guitar curriculum in his first weeks there, which allowed students to build and take home their own working instruments. He then spearheaded an effort to collect used instruments and donations to buy instruments, which has resulted in $10,000 worth of donations received to date. He continued his instrument-making initiative with a bamboo flute project in 2015, a cajon project in 2016, and an electric diddly-bo in 2017 (see video).
Rhythm at Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts
Joel was creator, faculty advisor and music director for the Suffolk University student group Rhythm for eight years. Fomerly known as the Suffolk University Vocal Ensemble, he oversaw its transformation from an under-registered chorus to the fully attended, auditioned, high-quality pop/contemporoary music ensemble that it is now (The Common).