Playing Our Part
Something amazing happens when people come together to sing in harmony – breathing as one, with heartbeats in sync. Choirs feed our souls and unite our spirits through the universal language of music. The Larimer Chorale -- created by our community, for our community -- joyfully gives its time, talent, and treasures to enrich others through song. Through Playing our Part programs, we extend that generosity through gifts that not only enrich, but that strengthen our community.
We Serve the Community
Our largest outreach program, Singing for Seniors, provides an avenue for active and older adults to engage in recreational singing and realize their wellness and life-long learning goals. This non-auditioned choir benefits all in the community who self-identify as seniors and who want to sing for the joy of it. Chorus America, a national organization that provides advocacy, research, and leadership development for choirs, honored the program with its 2013 Education Outreach Award.
The Larimer Chorale is committed to engaging future generations of singers. Our performance collaborations with youth choirs give young singers valuable performance experience and help them recognize that singing is a rewarding life-long avocation. Members of the Chorale raise money for the Youth Scholarship Fund, through which we cover membership dues for children who want to join the Centennial Children’s Chorus, but are experiencing financial hardship.
We Reach the Community, Here and Abroad
The Larimer Chorale is unique among local performing arts groups in representing Fort Collins and bringing positive attention to Colorado’s Front Range. The Touring Chamber Choir, which debuted in 1988, has made seven European tours, most recently to Spain, and has performed at several prominent European music festivals. In June 2015, the Touring Chamber Choir will travel to Germany and Poland.
Small ensembles help us reach more community members. The Dickens Carolers, clad in spectacular Victorian costumes, sing at parties, fundraisers, and special events throughout the holiday season.
The men’s Biermeister Chorus performs music for male voices in celebration of, well, BEER! Inspired by the popularity of our local craft brewing industry, the Biermeister Chorus is available to entertain audiences at community celebrations, private parties, and events.
The Larimer Chorale is an essential part of the cultural fabric of the community. We appear at local events, such as Beet Street’s “Streetmosphere” and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. We also offer a free, family-friendly concert every three years, and sing the National Anthem at sporting events.
The Chorale shares the stage with many other performing arts groups, such as the Fort Collins Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Colorado Wind Ensemble. We collaborate with IMPACT Dance Company, Kutandara, and Voices West. We have commissioned a work from local composer and conductor, Dr. James C. McCray. We invite the Centennial Children's Chorus, Choice City Singers, high school choirs and chamber orchestras, and Colorado State University ensembles to perform in our concerts.
We Teach the Community
The Chorale benefits the community through education. Our newsletter, Notations, is sent electronically to several thousand readers. Our Conductor Dr. Michael Krueger gives pre-concert talks that provide insightful information about the composers, the music, and the history of the works being presented. His program notes are posted on the Chorale’s website and shared on Facebook.
We Embrace the Community
For our 2012 Season for a Cause, we partnered with non-profits to raise awareness and resources for their missions. For Homeless Gear, for example, we collected socks, warm coats, blankets, and sleeping bags. We also collected donations for the Food Bank of Larimer County and for Touchstone Health Partners.
To encourage the lifelong appreciation of music, we offer $10 student tickets and complimentary tickets for children under 8. We provide “Compassion Tickets” to those adversely affected by natural disasters or other tragedies, with the goal of providing solace to those in need. We have an active Facebook page that encourages readers to engage in discussions about the music we sing and the concerts we perform. For community members interested in a behind-the-scenes look at our performance preparation, our weekly rehearsals are open to the public.
The Larimer Chorale participates in local arts consortia and is committed to highlighting the importance of performing arts in the economic and cultural life of the area. We belong to Visit Fort Collins, the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Arts Incubator of the Rockies, Chorus America, and many other organizations.