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.
Winter 2016 Season
TUESDAYS, 6:30-8:00pm, January 19 - May 3 (no practice on Feb 23).
Practice location: Pilgrim Congregational Church (fellowship hall), 2310 E 4th St, Duluth, on all Tuesdays EXEPT the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 2nd Tuesdays of the month we will meet at Peace UCC Church, 1111 N 11lth Ave E (in sanctuary). There is no practice on Feb 23.
Performance: 3pm, May 1, Weber Music Hall, UMD Campus, 1151 University Drive, Duluth.
Membership Cost: Contributions to Echoes of Peace are free-will and help sustain the ongoing operations of the choir. We suggest a sliding scale of $50-$100 for the season. Give as you are able!
New members, visitors always welcome!
Sara Thomsen, Director
Echoes of Peace Board of Directors
Joie Acheson Lee, Peg Apka, Judyth Babst, Eileen Gannon,
Kathy Heltzer, Trisha O'Keef, Trudy Vrieze