The name AKSARA has Eastern Indian origins and means "Syllable of Sound". AKSARA is presently a five woman auditioned, a cappella ensemble from Southern New Hampshire and has been together since 1998. Their enchantingly expressive harmonies and variation in repertoire and instrumentation bring the listener to a place of composed peacefulness; an experience not an event.
AKSARA's vision is of a world in which healing, understanding, compassion, and intentional living is embraced globally. It is our intention to help manifest this vision through music and sound healing.
Who is AKSARA?
Their individual professions and involvements are as varied as their personalities and repertoire pieces. Among the five women you will find an animal advocate, a computer programmer, an educational mentor, a speech pathologist, a professional musician/astrologer. Victoria Schneider is the artistic director for AKSARA and is also a performing member of AKSARA. To learn more about each individual member, please visit our Member Bios page.
Since June 24, 1998, AKSARA has graced many audiences with their healing sounds and each time people have commented that they leave the concert rejuvenated, peace-filled, and cocooned in heavenly sound.
Their music has been used locally and nationally in hospice programs and support groups and AKSARA is humbled to know that the sounds they create, the melodies and harmonies they sing serve as "spiritual mid-wifery" to those about to leave this dimension and gently pass on into the next.
Just recently they learned of a woman whose mother had passed away. The woman was bereft beyond words; literally she could not listen to the radio, watch television or speak with other people. The only thing that brought her comfort was AKSARA's CD, "You Are with Me". Stories like this one continue to call AKSARA forward in song.
Then there's the playful side of AKSARA, humorously entertaining audiences with songs like "Caffeine Blues" by Ruth Huber and their variation of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"... they believe that there are many ways to bring wholeness to mind, body and spirit... laughter is one of their favorite ways.
AKSARA is an a cappella ensemble from Southern New Hampshire. AKSARA has been together since 1998 and over the years has had a few incarnations. People's lives change; People change. To be a member of AKSARA is a wonderful, awesome and humbling experience. Being a member of AKSARA is not simply about joining a singing group; it is about being a member who is seriously committed and dedicated to the overall heart, core and Spirit of AKSARA.
Anyone interested in auditioning must download and fill out the application and return it to AKSARA C/O Victoria Schneider, 457 Milton St., Manchester, NH 03103.
For further information, please call 603-668-8494.