Tempe Community Chorus sings a full range of music styles including rock and roll and the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel. Our popular music includes song choices for everyone, from contemporary hits such as pop music written by Queen, to Broadway ballads such as Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera, to finger-snapping jazz music like Route 66, historical gospel music written during our country’s beginnings, and spirituals written during the Civil War era. At our holiday performances we often include traditional Christmas and Hanukkah music as well, along with other holiday music selections.
Tempe Community Chorus singers value working towards music excellence, and having fun doing it! We are a lively group with varying experience levels. This eclectic group is made up of singers from across Maricopa County, including Tempe, Phoenix, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Mesa, Maricopa, Scottsdale, Sun Lakes, Gilbert, and Apache Junction. And Choir Director Cary Burns teaches and challenges the chorus to bring forth our best voices.
Tempe Community Chorus has a Fall Season (August-December), a Spring Season (January-May), and a Summer Camp. We have at least one major public concert each fall and spring. Our performance venues have included the Mesa Arts Center, the Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, the Tempe Center for the Arts, the Sun City Sun Bowl, and a variety of other sites within the community. In 2009, we even sang the National Anthem at the Insight Bowl.
The Tempe Community Chorus is a 501(C)(3) (non-profit) organization supported in part by the grants, by chorus member dues, and by donors
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.