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Best Choirs In Baltimore

November 25, 2013 6:00 AM

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The beauty of a great choir has not been lost over the ages, and in Baltimore, there is no shortage of opportunities for audiences to enjoy both the classics and contemporary music of the choral arts. Some groups are open to new members through auditions only, while others take an all-are-welcome approach and invite fellow singers to join no matter your previous experience, style or background. If you are more of a spectator, performances for all groups are held throughout the year so be sure to check the websites of these top choirs regularly in order to catch the next show.

Baltimore Choral Arts Society
1316 Park Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21217
(410) 523-7070
www.baltimorechoralarts.org

This Emmy Award-winning chorus, led by Music Director Tom Hall, is now in its 48th season. It is a premier cultural institution and performs in the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as in New York and Europe. The group consists of the symphonic, full and chamber choruses, and the orchestra, and performs regularly with the renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, among other ensembles. Whether singing classics or Christmas music, the dynamic, full-bodied notes and harmonies never fail to amaze the audience and always result in a loud and long ovation. The intensity, accuracy and articulation involved with each piece creates a treat to the ears and moves listeners to a deeper appreciation for the choral arts.

Handel Choir of Baltimore
3600 Clipper Mill Road
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 366-6544
www.handelchoir.org

For 78 years and counting, Handel Choir of Baltimore has been performing choral masterpieces ranging from classical and early-romantic to modern and contemporary music. Perhaps even more well known is the choir’s annual tradition of singing Handel’s “Messiah” throughout the greater Baltimore area. Audiences will appreciate the variety of genres performed and that the group can be found in various venues, including churches, concert halls and retirement centers. The accompanying orchestra plays with such vibrant notes that align beautifully with the ensemble – creating a truly mesmerizing experience for the listener.

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Bach In Baltimore
Christ Lutheran Church
701 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 941-9262
www.bachinbaltimore.org

Bach In Baltimore is comprised of both amateur and professional musicians that come together to showcase the classical works of J.S. Bach on a monthly basis. Performances typically feature a guest choir, ensemble or soloist in addition to the main event. Musicians of all backgrounds are welcome to join the group. Both the Bach Concert Series (BCS) for adults and BCS Student Voice Exchange for youth have developed into a cultural, historical and musical resource for Baltimore County residents. In past years, the BCS has won “Best Classical Music” as part of the Best of Baltimore awards.

Bmore Shapenote
Peach Chapel of the Episcopal Cathedral
4 E. University Parkway
Baltimore, Md. 21218
www.bmoreshapenote.com

Open to fellow singers and no experience required to join, Bmore Shapenote gathers on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Peach Chapel of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, and even has a potluck supper in between practice at 8:15 p.m. – a great way for the choir to unite and learn more about one another. The choir sings from shape note tune books such as “1991 Sacred Harp” and “Shenandoah Harmony.” Further, this group follows an a cappella choral tradition that is focused on participation from the group, more so than performance. With open harmonies and powerful, natural sounds, the singing brings back roots from the Colonial period and on.

Cantate Chamber Singers
Bethesda, Md. 20824
(301) 986-1799
www.cantate.org

In nearby Montgomery County, the Cantate Chamber Singers are attracting Baltimore fans to hear these exciting and artistically pleasing performances. The 32 to 35 auditioned vocal ensemble sings a bold, imaginative and adventurous concert series of a cappella to an audience that averages 250 to 450 people per show. The singers perform musical masterpieces spanning across five centuries and continue to hold fast to their commitment of performing and commissioning new choral works. Cantate has released several CDs and will soon be unveiling its fifth, “A Britten Holiday,” for music lovers worldwide.

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Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her online at Examiner.com

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