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.
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Echoes of Peace is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.
Winter 2013 Season
Come join us on TUESDAYS, 6:30-8:15pm for our winter season, January 22-April 16, 2013.
Practice location is the fellowship hall of Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E. 4th St.
Membership contribution: Our suggestion is $5-$10/session or $60-$120 for the 12 week season. Contribute as you are able within your means. Do more if you can, less if you can't. No one turned away for lack of funds.
New people are welcome to attend a few sessions before taking the leap of committing for a season!
Visitors always welcome.
Echoes of Peace Singing Delegation, March 15-24, 2013
We are excited to announce that a 22 member delegation will be traveling to Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan, in the northern part of Iraq, March 15-24, 2013 as an Echoes of Peace singing delegation. Co-sponsored by Echoes of Peace and the Duluth-Rania Friendship Exchange Project, the delegation will continue the Project's efforts begun in 2009 to build friendship and reconciliation between these two cities and countries. Visit the Duluth-Rania Friendship Exchange Project's Facebook page.
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