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 2013 Season
Come join us on TUESDAYS, 6:30-8:15pm for our fall season, Sept 3-November 19, 2013.
Practice location is the Media Center, Room 219, at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School (formerly Grant), 1027 N. 8th Avenue East, Duluth. Park in the parking lot, come in the front doors, you'll find us.
Membership contribution: If you are able to contribute financially to help sustain the choir, please consider giving $5-$10/practice session or $50-$100 for the season. Contribute as you are able within your means. Do more if you can, less if you can't. If you are unable to contribute at this time, please don't let that keep you from coming an singing!
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
sara[@]sarathomsen.comRita Bergstedt, Administrative Assistant