1515 S. Seventh
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103
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Upcoming Concerts:

2014  Performance: 12/7 - 3pm

Forsythe Auditorium


(see details below)


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The Ann Arbor Civic Chorus is a program of Ann Arbor Public Schools, Community Education & Recreation. The group was formed in 1983, when some citizens led by Ruth Kenny approached the department to create a chorus for area residents. Ruth directed the group for 7 years. She was followed by Rebecca Vlisides who was choral director for 19 years before stepping down in spring of 2009. Linda Jones took over as musical director in the fall of 2009. The current musical director is Karen TenBrink. Throughout its rich history, the Ann Arbor Civic Chorus has developed a reputation for entertaining, high quality performances that include a wide range of musical selections. The chorus has weekly rehearsals and offers two free concerts each year.

Enjoy these videos taken during a recent Civic Chorus performance:

One Voice               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9HOppRMXtg

Tonight                   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEJa4tnwWUM

I Hope You Dance      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYaYxMyvEaA

Fruehlingstraum                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2YHasYekPo

Soon It's Gonna Rain       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuQnoQZ_DfQ

Rain Mashup               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exiMR8mEgtY

Baby It's Cold Outside    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFonQZpjc7M

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Civic Chorus Director, Karen TenBrink has announced the theme for

the December 7th concert!

The program features the themes love and peace: love during war and during peace, romantic love, yearning for peace and for a common brotherhood of man.

"Love Changes Everything"

The year 2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of World War I, and our concert also happens to fall on Pearl Harbor Day.  This led to a focus on love and peace for our concert program.  Both are constant subjects in vocal music through the ages, as our concert repertoire can attest; we feature music by Mendelssohn (“Give Us Peace”), to parlor songs from the 1910s and 20s (“Let Me Call You Sweetheart”) to jazz songs from the 1930s and 40s (“Bei Mir Bist Du Schön”) to musical theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Changes Everything.”

Sunday, Dec. 7th at 3:00pm

Forsythe Auditorium

Let the Ann Arbor Civic Chorus take you on a journey of love and peace through a century of great music!

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Choral Director:

 Karen TenBrink holds a Bachelor and Master degree in music education from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan, respectively. She currently teaches a private piano and voice studio in both Jackson and Ann Arbor and is the Assistant Conductor of the semi-professional Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor.

Karen grew up in a musical family in Germany, attending a music and arts magnet school in Munich.  She taught general music and directed choirs for several years in Michigan public middle and high schools.  She has directed children’s, youth and adult choirs in the United States, Japan and Thailand, including as the chorus master for the Bangkok Opera in Thailand. She now regularly performs as a conductor, singer and pianist. She lives in Jackson with her husband and two children.


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Accompanist:  Ted Wyman has been playing for the Civic Chorus the last five years. He is also a member and accompanist of the Vocal Arts Ensemble.


Contact Information

Linda Brzezinski, Adult Enrichment Supervisor
Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation
Phone: 734-994-2300 ext. 53203
E-Mail: brzezinl@aaps.k12.mi.us

Join the chorus!

As a program organized under the Ann Arbor Public Schools (501 c3) donations to the Civic Chorus are tax exempt. If you would like to donate to this program, send your check made out to AAPS c/o Linda Brzezinski, 1515 S. Seventh St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Thank you.

Ann Arbor Public Schools