Joining a musical group is good for you!

Have you ever thought about joining one of Zumbro’s musical groups?

A 2019 study by Chorus America sheds new light on the positive impact of singing in choirs.

  • Nearly three-quarters of singers (73%) say that choral singing helps them feel less isolated or lonely. 
  • Choral singers credit singing in a chorus with making them more optimistic, mindful, and resilient.
  • Chorus members credit singing with helping them be better collaborators. team players, and listeners.
  • Older choral singers are less likely than the general public to say they have challenges with cognitive abilities such as doing calculations in their heads, finding the right words to use, or organizing activities. 

There is a wide variety of choirs and musical ensembles to join at Zumbro. Browse through this list of opportunities, and please contact Music Minister Kristy Giere if you are interested (contact information below).

ADULTS

Zumbro Lutheran ChoirHigh school through adults. Meets on Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm (child care available). First rehearsal is Wednesday, Sept. 4 in the Choir Room. Fall highlights include the Family Promise Concert, Nov. 16; Rutter Requiem, Nov. 17; and Lessons and Carols at St. Marys Chapel, Dec. 15. Bob Giere, director.

Bel Canto Handbell Choir Adults (experienced ringers). Meets on Mondays, 6:45-7:45pm. First rehearsal is Monday, Sept. 9 in the Sanctuary. Kristy Giere, director.

Zumbro Brass Ensemble Performs in worship throughout the year and participates in the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Marys Hospital Chapel. Alan Hansen, director; Ron Elcombe, rehearsal coordinator.

Zumbro Woodwind Ensembles Ensembles for combination of horn, bassoon, oboe, clarinet and flute, also includes the Zumbro Woodwind Quintet.

Zumbro Intergenerational Band and StringsInstrumentalists of all ages. Parents and kids can play side-by-side! Rehearsals are scheduled one to two weeks prior to Sundays the ensemble plays in worship. Ensemble will play two to three times throughout the year. Kristy Giere, director.

YOUTH

Dolce Children’s ChoirK-3rd Grade. Meets on Mondays from 5:40-6:10pm in the Choir Room. Begins Monday, Sept. 9. Children learn to sing together and have a lot of fun doing it! Perform approximately once a month in worship. Janette Reeves, director.

Tinker BellsK-3rd Grade. Meets on Mondays from 6:15-6:30pm. Rehearsals will begin in November. Younger kids learn to play music using color-coded handbells. Performances include the Faith Formation Christmas Program and an appearance in worship in the spring. Kristy Giere, director.

Zumbro Choristers4th-9th Grade. Meets on Mondays from 6:10-6:55pm in the Choir Room. Begins on Monday, Sept. 9. Youth learn to sing in two-part harmony and other music basics. The choir sings in worship twice a month and also at Lessons and Carols at St. Mary’s Hospital. Another highlight of the year is the annual musical, performed Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Janette Reeves, director.

Junior Ringers4th-9th Grade. Meets on Mondays from 5:20-6:05pm in the Sanctuary. Begins on Monday, Sept. 9. No prior musical experience is necessary. Performs in worship 4-5 Sundays throughout the school year.

Zumbro Intergenerational Band and StringsInstrumentalists of all ages. Parents and kids can play side-by-side! Rehearsals are scheduled one to two weeks prior to Sundays the ensemble plays in worship. Ensemble will play two to three times throughout the year. Kristy Giere, director.

Interested in participating? Email Music Minister Kristy Giere, kristygiere@zumbrolutheran.org or call 507-288-2649.

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