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About the Choir

We're a lively, diverse, and welcoming group that loves to sing and believes in the power of music to spread joy and build community. The choir is made up of nearly 70 singers from all backgrounds, ages, and musical abilities. We like challenging pieces and love the process of learning new works together.

Our goal is to become a permanent fixture in our community, making music accessible to all, and showcasing some of the many talented musicians here in upper Manhattan.

Formerly Fort Washington Community Choir

All the Details

Requirements

We are a "no audition required" choir so any and all are welcome to join. We do like challenging music, so having some musical background is helpful. Unsure? Drop by a rehearsal and see what you think!

Schedule

Traditionally we have 2 sessions/year: Spring (Jan-May) and Winter (Sept-Dec). We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7-9, and each season culminates in a performance. We also engage in optional off-season activities including caroling during the holidays.

Dues

We currently charge $120 per session to cover the cost of a choir director, music, accompanist, and administrative costs. (Hardship waivers, payment plans, and sliding scales are available). Members also engage in fundraising activities throughout the year.

Location

Our choir is based in the Washington Heights neighborhood in upper Manhattan. We currently rehearse at the Fort Washington Collegiate Campus on 181st street and Fort Washington, right near the A train. You don't need to live uptown to take part, though!

Repertoire

We've performed a broad range of music, from classical composers like Shubert, and Rachmaninoff, to more modern, including Dan Forrest, Morten Lauridsen, Leonard Bernstein, and others. We've sung in Chinese, Hebrew, Spanish, and Venda. And we've been known to sing a show tune, too - who doesn't love a little Sondheim?

Health Protocols

Sadly, COVID is still with us, as are other viruses that can impede our singing. While masks are optional, when COVID rates are high we ask that members consider wearing high-quality, well-fitting masks (e.g., N95 or KN95). We also ask that members stay home when they are feeling sick, and consider masking up if they have been exposed to others who are ill. As an added protection, we have air purifiers in the rehearsal room.

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Behind the Scenes



Thank you to all who make our program possible.

Local Business Supporters

GOLD: The Serpent and the Flame, a novel by Valerie Ceriano // SILVER: 181 Cabrini Restaurant, Dutch Baby // BRONZE: Bloom Cafe, CHOCnyc, Hudson Pilates, St. Nic's Wines and Liquors, Studio in the Heights, Stygian Hour Productions, Washington Heights Wellness // FRIENDS: Cifre Digital Photo & Video, E/Jay's Wines & Liquors, Furry Fiends, Mediterraneo Pizza, Ritz Paint Supply, Spoiled Brats

Additional Funding

This project is made possible in part with funds from a regrant program(s) supported by the funding agencies The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) in partnership with the City Council, The Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ), and administered by LMCC.


Thank you to the Fort Washington Collegiate Church, for generously providing us with a place to call home.

Washington Heights Community Choir operates as a project of Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178, ppf.org/pp). Contributions to Washington Heights Community Choir qualify as tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.