The Tempe Community Chorus is a 501(C)(3) (non-profit) organization. Tempe Community Chorus is supported in part by the City of Tempe, by chorus members, and by donors.
The Chorus offers an enjoyable and encouraging atmosphere while preparing for our highly entertaining concerts.
Tempe Community Chorus performs all over the Valley, entertaining audiences with choral classics, show tunes, pop, jazz, spirituals, rock, and folk music. Our musical lineup has included pop music by Queen, spirituals written during the Civil War era, Broadway show tunes including Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera, jazz songs including Route 66, rock and roll tunes like Operator, the Hallelujah Chorus by Mendelssohn, and Christmas and Hanukah music during the holiday season.
Tempe Community Chorus singers love to sing, love to work hard, and take pride in performing at our best! We are dedicated to creating entertaining concerts filled with a variety of wonderful music! We value working towards music excellence, and have fun doing it! We are a lively group with varying experience levels, from all walks of life, who come together to create that great chorale sound. TCC has more than 130 members. We also have smaller vocal groups within the Chorus, the Mill Street Singers, and OMG, who sing more challenging pieces, or pieces that require a particular blend of voices.
Our Fall Season starts in August, and our Spring season starts in January. Each season we have one major concert and one to three smaller concerts. Our venues vary. We have performed at the Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, the Tempe Center for the Arts, the Sun City Sun Bowl, the Mesa Arts Center, and a variety of community venues in the area. In 2009, we even sang the National Anthem at the Insight Bowl.
Our group works hard and has lots of fun! Our director, Cary Burns, doesn't just direct – he brings out the best in each singer! And our accompanist, Mary Sievert, can play almost anything!
I hadn’t sung with a group for many years, but the Tempe Community Chorus made me feel welcome and comfortable from the first day. And it’s fun. I always look forward to our Monday night practice. I’ve made lasting friendships with other choir members who love to sing, just like I do.
I am not able to sight read music, nor have I had vocal training, but no matter! We have an excellent director who brings out the best in all of us. He even helps us relax before a performance saying 'it's okay to make a mistake, it will be musical!' My husband remarks that I have made noticeable improvement, as I grow more confident with the encouragement of my new friends.
We are truly a ‘community’ chorus. We have members from all walks of life. And although we love to perform, we also have fun every rehearsal night. There’s time for focus and time for laughs. The journey is as important as the destination.