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The Community Chorus of Peabody brings adults of all ages and backgrounds to make music together in Baltimore city under the direction of Kristen Toedtman. We strive to be a vehicle for community interaction by engaging our audiences in singing and by hosting several Open Sings throughout the year for all who wish to attend.

What We Value

  • We recognize that harmonizing with others requires listening.
    • On a broad scale, we aim to listen to the needs of our community and find ways
      to interact that are meaningful and enriching for all.
    • On a small scale, we practice listening exercises in every rehearsal.
  • We form alliances in new ways.
    • The choir comprises singers from different backgrounds, regions, and
      generations: We are strangers, harmonizing in a room.
    • With our composer-in-residence program, select composers from the Peabody
      community have the opportunity to work with the choir and gain real-life
      experience writing for real-life singers. The singers, in turn, get an experience
      they’ve likely never had before.
  • We sing a range of styles (classical, folk, world) and welcome readers and non-readers who learn well by ear. The group truly will grow around those who come to sing and all interested in singing are welcome.

Our identity and shareable asset is not as an elite performing ensemble, but rather as a vehicle for community interaction.

Would you like to be a part of the Community Chorus?

Our rehearsals start on Wednesday, January 23, 2018. You can join us at that rehearsal before registering to get a sense of who we are. Beyond the first rehearsal, you will need to register and can do so here. If you’re not ready to commit to the season, you can join us for a free, open-to-all Community Sing. Join our mailing list or follow our Facebook page to learn when the next one will be.

Participation in the Community Chorus costs $50 per semester. If for any reason, that figure discourages you from joining, please contact us and we can arrange a scholarship for you to join.


Wednesday evenings 
6:00-7:30 pm

Henderson-Hopkins Elementary School
2100 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205
(Plenty of street parking available)


The 2018-19 year brings many performance opportunities, including:

Bernstein’s MASS with Marin Alsop, the Peabody Orchestra, Peabody Singers, Morgan State Choir and more!
Friday, October 26, 2018
7:30 pm
New Psalmist Baptist Church
We’ll join for the final movement of Bernstein’s masterpiece in this once in a lifetime city-wide event.

46th Annual Monument Lighting
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Always a fun time singing on stage at the Monument Lighting in Mt. Vernon – even if it is cold!

Adult Continuing Education Recital at Peabody
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
We bring our songs and spirit to the conservatory for a short set.

Spring Recital
Friday, May 10, 2019
Griswold Hall at Peabody Institute

Also, we will have off-site performances and Community Sings open to all.

Any other questions?
Send an email to

Photo credit: Spoticus Photography