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

2015  Performance: 5/31 - 3pm

Forsythe Auditorium



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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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 Spring 2015 Concert

“Alive and Well: America’s Living Composers”

Sunday, May 31, 2015

3pm, Forsythe MIddle School Auditorium


This season, the Ann Arbor Civic Chorus will sing music by living, contemporary American composers. There is a wealth of fresh, new music coming from composers in this country. The music being performed by the chorus features a wide range of music styles, from jazz, to blues, to 21st Century classical, to novelty, to bluegrass. Today’s composers are tapping into our rich American musical heritage; they are arranging classics, composing completely new musical ideas and harmonies, and reinventing how a choir approaches melody and harmony. Some of the composers featured are the legendary Stephen Sondheim (“Send in the Clowns” from  A Little Night Music), the quirky PDQ Bach, (“My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth”), the reclusive, yet ethereal Morten Lauridsen (“Dirait-on”), and Michigan’s own Gerald Custer, to name a few.

In addition to performing this music at our concert May 31, singers from the Ann Arbor Civic Chorus will also have the opportunity to sing and work personally with another featured American composer, John Leavitt. They will be participating in the Chicago Sings! choral festival over Memorial Day weekend, singing in a mass choir of over 200 singers, after having spent two days in workshops and rehearsals working closely with the composer.

Please join us for a celebration of contemporary American choral music sung with mastery and enthusiasm by the Ann Arbor Civic Chorus!



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Practices begin February 2, 2015

Mondays 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Slauson Middle School

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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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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

Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation
Phone: 734-994-2300
E-Mail: karen@pedalsong.net

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.

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