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Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

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I am an American music student in Zurich, working on my masters in choral conducting. I'm looking to start an English-speaking choir. Whether you're straight from the British choir tradition, or sang in your Canadian college, or are shower opera star, I think this could be fun. Music has such a potential to bring people together and build community, so why not an expat choir built from the various nationalities represented by the thousands of people on this site? (Not that we would discourage any of your Swiss friends and neighbors from joining, of course ) Repertoire will depend on the size and skill level of the group. Some of my favorite composers are Holst, Brahms, Bach, Ives, and Bernstein, to name a few. I also really enjoy good arrangements of folk songs, and there are a lot of good new choral works to explore as well. That said, I am open to your suggestions! (Definitely not the megalomaniac type of director).

What do you think? Any tips on getting this idea rolling would be appreciated as well.

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Hi all,

I am an American music student in Zurich, working on my masters in choral conducting. I'm looking to start an English-speaking choir. Whether you're straight from the British choir tradition, or sang in your Canadian college, or are shower opera star, I think this could be fun. Music has such a potential to bring people together and build community, so why not an expat choir built from the various nationalities represented by the thousands of people on this site? (Not that we would discourage any of your Swiss friends and neighbors from joining, of course ) Repertoire will depend on the size and skill level of the group. Some of my favorite composers are Holst, Brahms, Bach, Ives, and Bernstein, to name a few. I also really enjoy good arrangements of folk songs, and there are a lot of good new choral works to explore as well. That said, I am open to your suggestions! (Definitely not the megalomaniac type of director).

What do you think? Any tips on getting this idea rolling would be appreciated as well.

Thanks,
Lorraine
Oh man, I would love to do this... but i live in Fribourg!... I use to sing a lot at my church and we had a choir too... Zurich is just sooooo far away!
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Too bad! Well, let your Zurich friends know about it. Keep singing!
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

Nice!
Do keep me posted. Been singing with a Swiss choir for a while, don't fully know what's going on at the rehearsals besides the music
I'm an alto, haven't got the greatest of voices but can read fine.
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Great. If you could PM me with your email, I'll start a list going. That goes for anyone else interested, too!
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

Oh, forgot to add, this would probably be Zurich based. Feel free to post any questions or PM me. I've got a list of email addresses going, so if you'd like to keep informed, send me yours!
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

I might be interested, depending on the time of the rehearsals (I am currently in Zug but will be moving to Luzern soon, so would have to get to ZH from there).

I would be a beginner though - I have played in orchestras but have never sung. Will PM my email address.
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I would definitely be interested!
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Great, Tilla! PM me your email address, and I'll add you to the list!
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I used to do some singing before I came to Switzerland and would like to start again - please let me know if you can get this off the ground!
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

Great idea! I just rated this thread...
Good luck and all the best!
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

This idea is wonderful! I've been looking for something like this since I came to Switzerland.
I'm in Basel though, so unless it's on Sunday evenings or something like that, I won't be able to come... Enjoy!
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Hi this sounds like a great idea! I love singing, I'm not so great but I would love to get involved if its possible for beginners?
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

I'm too far away to join the fun, but just wanted to say what a lovely idea this is!
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

One of the problems is becoming pretty evident here - lots of people are interested but most of them live too far away. Are those who love singing who live around Zürich already singing in choirs? There are quite a few Gospel choirs which sing in English anyway.
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

I love singing together - when the voices all come together and things work out, it just makes me happy. But then, I do have a choir, already.

For all who are looking for a choir closer to where they live: Here is a database with more than 400 choirs all over Switzerland, where you can search for all sorts of criteria: http://www.gesang.ch/rechercher_choeur_form_d.php

Enjoy!
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Hi this sounds like a great idea! I love singing, I'm not so great but I would love to get involved if its possible for beginners?
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Yes, of course beginners are welcome. We were all beginners once. Send me a pm with your email.
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One of the problems is becoming pretty evident here - lots of people are interested but most of them live too far away. Are those who love singing who live around Zürich already singing in choirs? There are quite a few Gospel choirs which sing in English anyway.
True, but who knows? This might be a good opportunity to rehearse in English on some repertoire other than Gospel. We'll see how much interest we can drum up.
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Re: Choir director looking to start English-speaking choir

I think it's a great idea and fine if you can pull it off. I've just so often seen how much interest there is in something new in theory, but how difficult it is to get it off the ground - and I don't mean just in EF - and I mean in real life too.
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Oh for sure. At least half of any musical endeavor is logistics, which is admittedly my least favorite thing ever. But, it usually pays off.
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