Find a community choir in the Catskills and Mid-Hudson Valley so you can sing it with a group!
There are all kinds of studies about how singing is good for your body and emotional health. There are also studies about how singing in a group has added benefits. If you've ever sung in a choir you probably get it without having to read any of those studies. Making music with other people can be a delight, a transcendent experience, and/or a worthy intellectual challenge. Also, if you're one of those people who wants somewhere to go a couple nights out of the week that doesn't involve eating, a choir might be just the thing. The local community choirs in the Hudson Valley and Catskills don't always do a great job of publicizing themselves, sometimes their communities don't even know they exist until it comes round to concert time. We know that many of the people who move to the Catskills and Mid-Hudson Valley are artists and lovers of art. Perhaps there are new community members out there wondering where they can find a community choir to have a little fun with. So, being the local experts that we are, we've put together a list of local choirs who accept new members (sometimes by audition, sometimes by just showing up). Go ahead everyone - sing it! And, if we missed anyone, give us a holler by commenting and we'll add them to the list!
Ars Choralis is based in Woodstock but has members from all over Ulster County. Their mission is to "Celebrate the human spirit through music." Delightful. They have auditions several times a year, check out their website for details. They rehearse in Woodstock on Sunday evenings and their concerts are varied, but always based around a theme that exemplifies their mission.
Rhinebeck Choral Club
Rhinebeck Choral Club rehearses on Wednesday evenings at Ferncliff Nursing home. The Rhinebeck Choral Club dates all the way back to 1945. They have two concerts per season. Their most recent winter concert had a "Christmas at the Movies" theme.
Cappella Festiva is based in Poughkeepsie and is affiliated with Vassar College. Membership is by audition only and many of the members are trained singers, some of whom perform professionally as well as in the Cappela Festiva Choir.
Mendelssohn Club of Kingston
The Mendelssohn Club rehearses on Monday evenings at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston where they also perform their two yearly concerts. Rehearsals for the spring concert begin in January.
The Key of Q
An LGBTQ and Allied chorus based in Kingston. They perform two themed concerts of modern secular music a year as well as a number of smaller "gigs". Learn all about Key of Q here. Check out the videos on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KeyofQ/videos/https://www.facebook.com/KeyofQ/videos/.
Camerata Chorale is based in Poughkeepsie. They perform three concerts per year of sacred and secular works.
Beacon Rising Women's Choir
Beacon Rising Women's Choir concerts raise funds for local charitable organizations. Their repertoire centers around songs of peace, inspiration and protest. They rehearse at Compass Arts Enrichment Center in Beacon. Learn more about them here.
Hudson Valley Choral Society
Hudson Valley Choral Society is based in Claverack. Their repertory is largely classical. Contact them through their facebook page here.
Mid-Hudson Women's Chorus
The Mid-Hudson Women's Chorus has three open rehearsals in January for you to sit in and see if you're interested. They rehearse at the St. James United Methodist Church in Kingston. Learn more about them https://www.midhudsonwomenschorus.org/https://www.midhudsonwomenschorus.org/
Song Club With Debbie Lan
SongClub is a drop-in singing experience that builds community through singing original arrangements of familiar songs in a safe and welcoming environment. The Audience is the Choir! What fun. No experience necessary. No auditions. $10 donation at the door, but of course, in Upstate fashion, no one will be turned away through lack of funds. Details here.