About the Machine

ma-chine:  a. A device consisting of fixed and moving parts that modifies mechanical energy and transmits it in a more useful form

The Family Folk Machine is a non-profit, intergenerational, non-auditioned choir that welcomes kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds to sing together with a folk band. We seek to build community through singing songs with our neighbors, to explore American history and culture through song, to foster individual musical growth, and to pursue excellence as an ensemble.

About the Director

The Family Folk Machine is directed by Jean Littlejohn. Jean is an organist and director of choirs, and she holds a Ph.D. in music theory. Jean lives in Iowa City with her husband Michael Sauder and kids Claire and Ben.


We did not invent the idea of an intergenerational choir!  Below are links to some groups that inspire us – and a round up of research that tells us why it’s good to sing with others.

Family Folk Chorale, Arlington, MA
Newton Family Singers, Newton, MA
Pete Seeger Appreciation Page
Ode To Joy: Join a Choir – Science say it will make you feel better, Slate, July 25, 2013

Connect with Us

Send an email to Jean Littlejohn,
, for more information or to join the choir.

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