The Kingston Jewish Community Choir is a small, non-auditioned choir, singing together since February 2004.
Our primary focus is to have fun singing Jewish music together; the only requirement to join is a desire to participate in this singing.
Our repertoire includes Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English songs, and encompasses liturgy & holiday songs, Israeli music, folk songs, musical theatre, and new compositions. Transliteration and translation is provided for all non-English songs.
We have performed with the Reform congregation Iyr HaMelech, the Conservative congregation Beth Israel, the Queen’s Hillel Student Organization, the Kingston Jewish Council, at health care facilities, and at holidays and community events. We also have frequent singalongs, to which the community is invited.
Over the years, we have varied in size and in the strength of our voices, and we adjust the difficulty of our music accordingly, ranging from unison songs and two-part harmonies for beginning singers, up to four-part harmonies and solo parts for more experienced singers. We look for a balance among enjoyable rehearsals; musical accuracy for performances; and opportunities for our members to participate at whatever their level of experience and expertise.
We usually rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7.00 – 8.30 pm, at Hillel House at 124 Centre Street, just south of Union Street, located beside Beth Israel Synagogue.
Any interested is welcome to come to a few rehearsals to try out the choir. If you are planning to attend, we do request an advance email to firstname.lastname@example.org, in case of occasional changes of time or location of the rehearsal, and so that we can have music ready for you.
I look forward to meeting you there!
– Ros Schwartz Director, Kingston Jewish Community Choir.