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Summer Sings are Back!  

(What’s a Summer Sing? Here’s what it is, and what to expect:)

Our Summer Sings—begun by our founding director, Gwen Gould, in 1972(!)—are open sings of (mostly) well-known choral works, designed to offer singers and choral enthusiasts the opportunity to keep their vocal and sight-reading skills in shape while most area choruses are on their summer hiatus.

Each Sing is led by a different area conductor, who will offer their commentary, work with the sections on tricky and interesting passages of that night’s piece(s), and conduct the group in a sing-through.  Conductors may bring soloists, or may offer the sections the ability to sing the solos as a group.  You can bring your own score for the piece(s) being featured in that week’s Sing, or we’ll lend you a copy from our library.

And you don’t need to have sung a piece to participate in a particular week’s Sing—in fact, for some Sings of very popular pieces, we’ve welcomed people who just like to listen!  And you’re welcome to try out a different part than you usually sing—if, say, you find your soprano self experiencing alto envy on the Fauré Requiem!

This summer, we are putting the following protocols into place, to allow for a safer singing space for all of our participants:

  • Masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn at all times.  (high-quality masks like KN95 and KF94 are strongly recommended.)
  • No refreshments will be served, but singers are welcome to bring their own water bottles.
  • Attendance may be somewhat capped, to allow for more spacing between seats (it will not be a full 6′).

Have questions, or suggestions for a piece we should feature in a future Sing? Email us at

Admission is $20 general/ $15 student per Sing
(Or, purchase a season pass – $120 general/ $80 student – which is good all summer!)

Sings are Mondays at 7:30pm from July 10th through August 28th

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South (at Thompson Street)
Accessible entrance available at 243 Thompson Street

We are finalizing the schedule of conductors and repertoire and will post it shortly!  Stay tuned or subscribe to our email list (to the right) to be notified as soon as the information is updated!

Past pieces “performed” have included:

Bach: Magnificat
Beethoven: Mass in C
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Duruflé: Requiem and Ubi Caritas
Fauré: Requiem in D Minor and Cantique de Jean Racine
Handel: Messiah and Coronation Anthems
Haydn: The Creation and Mass in Time of War (Paukenmesse)
Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna and Sure on this Shining Night
Mendelssohn: Elijah
Mozart: Requiem, Mass in C Minor (K. 427), and Ave Verum Corpus
Orff: Carmina Burana
Poulenc: Gloria
Rutter: Gloria and Requiem
Thompson: Alleluia
Verdi: Requiem
Vivaldi: Gloria