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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.

In this time of social distancing, our fall session will comprise weekly sessions of 90 minute Zoom rehearsals. Links are sent weekly. We begin each rehearsal with stretches, vocal warm-ups and discussion of vocal technique and other issues. Then we learn and practice from a selection of repertoire to include “pocket songs” – songs we learn in the aural tradition, easy to learn and pass along to others; a new composition by a local composer, TBA; and study of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in preparation for a performance with the BSO in June 2021 (postponed from 2020).

We will culminate our fall session with a virtual choir video, repertoire TBA. Details on how to participate will be discussed during the session.

Needed

  • Computer with built in (or external) microphone*
  • Zoom software downloaded (no need to log in)

In addition, it is helpful if you have:

  • Computer Built in (or external) camera*
  • Headphones
  • An extra device for recording yourself

*Choristers can use a mobile device to dial in for audio and/or use a separate device for video

Details of when we meet

Wednesdays  6:00 – 7:30 pm  
Via Zoom

How to attend:  Contact communitychorus@jhu.edu  

  • Include any singing background you might have (have you sung before? have you sung in groups? what voice type do/did you usually sing (soprano, alto, tenor, bass…)?)  
  • Ask any questions you might have  
  • Join the mailing list: In lieu of registration, we have an email list to which Kristen sends song links and information. Write peabodycc-request@lists.johnshopkins.edu to sign up.

What to bring  

  • Black 3-ring binder
  • A good attitude  
  • Water 

Who we are  

  • A growing group of men and women from various backgrounds and ranging in age from 20s to 70s  
  • Singers from a range of experience: from complete novices to seasoned choral singers  

What we sing  

  • Music by rote from different traditions (Americana, African American, World)  
  • Old and new music from the classical tradition  
  • Contemporary music arrangements  

Where we sing  

  • We perform in, with and for the community at Community Sings throughout the year, as well as various partnerships. Each semester we also sing a recital at the downtown Peabody campus.

Any other questions?
Send an email to communitychorus@jhu.edu.

Photo credit: Spoticus Photography