Most of our adult choral ensembles are back in person this fall, with safety restrictions in place. Songweavers offers a hybrid schedule with in person and virtual options available, while Sunflower Singers remains virtual for fall 2021. Please note: ensemble members must be vaccinated for Covid-19 in order to participate in our in-person ensembles. Masks are required for all, regardless of vaccination status; participants are strongly encouraged to purchase special choral masks such as these: https://www.broadwayreliefproject.com/singersmask
Please visit our Covid Response Update page for a full list of protocols.
Northern Lights Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Peggo Horstmann Hodes
Northern Lights is a small women’s vocal ensemble, open by audition. Our name highlights our musical goals: to create a shimmer of sound through the power of harmony and the magic of many individual voices blending into one. We aim to expand musical boundaries, to transform ourselves and our audience through inspiring, meaningful songs, and to serve the larger community through sharing our music. We sing a variety of musical styles including folk, jazz, classical, pop, blue-grass, and body percussion. We sing a cappella or accompanied by Calvin Herst on piano. Occasionally, our own members add other instruments like guitar, banjo and recorder.
Sunflower Singers brings adults with developmental disabilities and their care providers together from across central New Hampshire each week to sing familiar songs, accompanied by spontaneous harmonica and percussion playing. This joyful sing-along is free of charge, thanks to the generosity of its funders.
Please stay tuned for our fall schedule of Sunflower Singers, which will be a live, virtual sing-along experience this year!
Other Adult Vocal Ensembles
Small ensembles open to all. Emphasis is on developing healthy vocal habits through posture, breath support, and voice placement; learning to read parts in music; blending voices in harmony through rounds and a variety of music arrangements. Repertoire includes Renaissance through modern jazz.
Teens and adults
The Canterbury Singers partner with the Canterbury Shaker Village to present authentic Shaker music, expanded by arrangements of American folk songs, music of early America, and inspired arrangements by a variety of composers. One of the very few non-auditioned, high quality professionally directed choral experiences for mixed voices (men and women blended ensemble) in the Capital Area.
Peggo Horstmann Hodes
Based on the belief that everyone can sing, members of this large women's chorus learn songs by rote, in the African-American tradition; music-reading skills are not a prerequisite. Songweavers rehearse in two groups (Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning) and present an annual spring concert. The repertoire includes music from many ethnic traditions. The singing is predominantly a cappella, although drums and other instruments are often used as accompaniment.
Grace & Lindsey Schust
This ensemble explores African-style hand drumming and other percussion, including agogos (bells), shakers, and claves. The ensemble performs with the Songweavers at the annual spring concert.