Anyone with a desire to sing is welcome to join this non-audition community choir.
No previous singing or music reading experience required. Our repertoire includes songs from around the world, songs of justice and peace, songs of hope and longing, and songs that are simply fun and full of celebration. At the heart of what we are about is coming together to sing in harmony as a means of both personal, local and, yes, even global transformation. Singing opens the heart and re-enchants the spirit. Harmony brings harmony!
Sara Thomsen began the choir in 2002 to sing for the Art of Peace event in Duluth, MN, a local response to the event and aftermath of 9/11/01. The Art of Peace, held annually for six years, brought varied artistic expressions together to inspire and instigate creativity and peacemaking. The choir has since grown and evolved to presenting biannual concerts and singing at various community events thoughout the year. The Duluth choir currently has a membership of about seventy five voices. Sara is the founder and artistic director.
The nonprofit organization Echoes of Peace was formed in 2012, marking the 10th anniversary of the choir and serves to support and expand its mission to inspire awareness, action and reflection on critical social issues using music and the arts to build and bridge informed, engaged and caring communities.
Echoes of Peace Choir is a member of the Ubuntu Choirs Network, a "growing community of choirs who believes that the joy of singing is a universal birthright, and that together, regardless of musical background, we can help improve the world by joining voices in song." This network was founded by Shivon Robinsong and Denis Donnelly, co-directors of the Gettin' Higher Choir in Victoria, B.C. Canada. Sara is a graduate of their Community Choir Leadership Training.
Click here for a record of previous performances by the choir.
Echoes of Peace is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.
Fall 2014 Season
Come join us on TUESDAYS, 6:30-8:15pm for our fall season, September 30- November 18.
Practice location: Practice is at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E 4th Street (in the basement fellowship hall). No practice on November 4, Election Day (go get out the vote!) .
Performances: This fall season we have several events we will be singing for, some of which include:
Sunday, September 21, 3:30pm: "International Peace Day" bell ringing and at Enger Park, Duluth.
Saturday, October 11, 4pm: "Supper and Song" Fundraising Dinner with the Duluth-Rania Friendship Exchange, Duluth Sister Cities International, and Kurdish Community of America - Moorhead MN Chapter. Raising funds for the current refugee crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan. See full details below (click on image to view larger)
Sunday, October 12, 2pm: Essentia Health Hospice Annual Memorial Service (EOP singing "Holy Angels")
Thursday, November 20, 7pm: "Land of Plenty" DVD release party, The Underground, 506 W. Michigan.
Membership contribution: Contributions to Echoes of Peace are free-will (payment is not a requirement for membership) and go to sustain the ongoing operations of the choir (donations are tax deductible). If you would like to give financially, our suggestion is $40-$80 for this 8 week season. Thanks for your support!
Visitors always welcome!
Echoes of Peace Choir singing:
Listen: "Be Thou A Smooth Way" from April 2009 Weber Concert.
Listen: "O Mary Don't You Weep" with guest artist Teague Alexy, Nov 2008 concert. Weber.
Listen: "Dreams of Harmony" from Art of Peace 2004 performance
Listen: "Gabi, Gabi," A song from South Africa. From November 2005 Weber Concert.
Listen: Choir with Sara Thomsen on "Beauty of the Dancer".
Listen: Choir with Sara on "All Across the Land".
Sara Thomsen, Artistic Director