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; we extend that generosity through gifts that not only enrich, but also strengthen our community.
We Serve the Community
Our largest outreach program, Silvertones Senior Choir, 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.
We Engage Youthful Singers
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 Communities Here and Abroad
The Larimer Chorale represents Fort Collins and brings positive attention to Colorado’s Front Range. The Touring Chamber Choir, which debuted in 1988, has made seven European tours, most recently to Ireland, Wales, and England, and has performed at several prominent European music festivals. In June of 2020, the Touring Chamber Choir will travel to France, Normandy, and Belgium to sing at events commemorating the 76th anniversary of D-Day.
Small ensembles help us reach more community members in our own backyard. The Dickens Carolers, clad in spectacular Victorian costumes, sing at parties, fundraisers, and special events throughout Larimer County during the winter holiday season.
The Larimer Chorale is an essential part of the cultural fabric of the community. We appear at local events, offer a free, family-friendly concert every three years, and sing the National Anthem at local sporting events. Singing On Tap is a Chorale outreach program that celebrates Fort Collins' vigorous beer culture by sponsoring free sing-along events at local taprooms.
The Chorale shares the area stage with many other performing arts groups, including the Fort Collins Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Colorado Wind Ensemble. We've collaborated with Canyon Concert Ballet, IMPACT Dance Company, Kutandara, and Voices West of Littleton. We commission works from local composers, and have performed with Centennial Children's Chorus, high school choirs, chamber orchestras, and Colorado State University ensembles and music school faculty.
We Teach the Community
The Chorale benefits the community through education. Our newsletter, Notations, is sent periodically to several thousand readers. Our Artistic Director, 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
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 helped found the Front Range Choral Alliance. We are 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.