(credit: The Colorado Choir)
In addition to the robust live theater and music scenes in Colorado, there is also a huge variety of performing choirs that sing at events all over town. You’ll find these choirs singing at the malls during the holidays, cheering up patients at the local hospitals, performing with the Colorado Symphony or other orchestras and so many other amazing performances. There is something truly magical about a huge ensemble of voices that come together in a choir like these. Be sure to check out these great choirs in Denver.
Colorado Children’s Chorale
The Colorado Children’s Chorale has entertained Colorado audiences for more than 30 years. It is much more than a choir, with a full musical theatre approach to each performance. And when it comes to large choirs, the Colorado Children’s Chorale may be one of the biggest. There are approximately 500 members between the ages of seven and 14 every year, and they’ve performed all over the state and the country, including on the “Today Show” and for the Pope. The Chorale performs in many locations all over Denver and the 2013-2014 season is underway, so be sure to check this impressive group out soon.
The Colorado Choir
Founded in 1976, The Colorado Choir is a stunning example of an adult professional choir. It has performed with the Colorado Symphony, the Boston Pops Orchestra, for the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies games and so many more amazing and memorable performances. The size is also quite large, ranging from 60 to 85 singers. It is principally an a cappella choir with some occasional performances with orchestral backups. This beautiful choir is now in its 36th season.
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Denver Gay Men’s Chorus
As part of the Rocky Mountain Arts Association, the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus is the first openly gay arts organization in Denver. It was formed in 1982. The group performs throughout the city delivering a message of acceptance and pride. Lead by Artistic Director James Knapp, the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus brings beautiful music to events and performances all over the city, with impressive voices and a large ensemble. If you enjoy choral performances, stay on the lookout for this group.
Denver Women’s Chorus
Also part of the Rocky Mountain Arts Association is the Denver Women’s Chorus. It was originally founded in 1984, and while it is also rooted in the LGBT community, it is open to everyone regardless of orientation. It is a community organization that is focused on providing women of all walks of life a chance to perform and excel in vocal performance and music, while also enriching the community. It is a beautiful partner in the Rocky Mountain Arts Association to the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, providing another amazing and beautiful ensemble for the stage.
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Colorado Hebrew Chorale
The Colorado Hebrew Chorale was founded in 1993 and is a volunteer chorus that is dedicated to providing a voice for the Jewish experience through song. It is a smaller choir, welcoming a diverse range of singers from ages 14 and up, including many seniors. This superb chorus also performs all over the state, with concerts everywhere from hospitals and senior centers to large stadiums, history centers and museums. There are always a lot of places where you can catch this wonderful choir, so be sure to check out the website and see where you can hear its beautiful music.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.