The Open Door Chorus

We are a no audition, open Community Chorus. Anyone can attend whenever they can. There are no requirements for age or ability. Music-reading ability is not required. We will be using music sheets and lyric sheets to the extent that they are useful to the individual singers,  but always have some completely "by ear" pieces at every session.

Repertoire is also open although we tend to choose pieces that reflect positive social values, ethnic diversity, and are from the "folky" world. If we choose to sing a piece that represents a particular faith or belief system (Like a traditional gospel tune), we will balance that selection with choices representing a diversity of faiths.
The sessions as having three types of material.
1. Warmups, and easy warmup songs
2. Working pieces
3. Songs for fun

We take a short break in the session, and some folks choose to bring snacks and drinks.

 

N. B. The PRACTICE SCORES AND AUDIO tab above has PDF sheet music and audio files for the complete solstice show repertoire. It is password protected. If you would like to check out the music, email me at the address below and I'll send you the password.

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Upcoming Events

October 1st thru December 10: Rehearsal every Tuesday.

 

December 14 & 15: The Open Door Chorus Joins The Mermaid Playwright Theater to present "Summoning the Sun."

Rehearsals and performances take place at the Reformed Church of the Ascension, 1700 W Main St. Norristown.

Rehearsal run from 7:30 to 10:00 pm every Tuesday evening.

The Church is a straight drive up Ridge Pike, just 18 minutes from Ridge and Butler. Turn left at Hancock, and take an immediate right. You can park in the lot right there, but it is more convenient to follw the arrow to the other end of the property and park in the next lot.

 

 

 

 

 


Location

Church of the Ascension

1700 West MainSt.

Norristown, PA 19401. 

Email: jkrumm@fastmail.com

Telephone: (610) 279-2760

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Rounds, Canons and Partner Songs

The latest edition of Rounds, Canons and Partner Songs. 68 of my compositions. This includes all of the old favorites: Onawa's Waltz, Dance For the Nations, The Road is Calling, and some new pieces as well. Available as Hard Copy or PDF.

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The Complete Rounds and Canons of Joseph Haydn (English)

For the first time all 58 of Haydn's Rounds and Canons in English. Translations of his original Lyrics as well as variations. This book includes his ten commandments, suitable for Church Choirs, the 46 more worldly Rounds, and 2 additional rounds not included in the Haydn Canon with new words by John Krumm. Rounds range from easy to challenging. Available as Hard Copy or PDF.
In addition, All of the rounds have been published as videos on YouTube for your practice and listening enjoyment at: John Krumm - YouTube

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Tune Sets for Contra Dances

100 tunes for musicians who read music and have the opportunity to play for dancers but don’t have the repertoire or experience to put together sets of tunes for an evening. Facing pages are suitable for creating medleys. These are familiar traditional tunes from Irish, British, New England, Canadian, and Appalachian sources. Available as Hard Copy or PDF.

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Harmonized Waltzes

Here are 23 beautiful waltzes with suggested harmonies for your enjoyment. I subtitled this book, “A Curious Collection” because it is, in part, an attempt to expand people’s thinking about the kinds of tunes and songs which inspire great dancing. A great book for Violin teachers looking for small ensemble pieces for their students. Available as Hard Copy or PDF.

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Play Parties and Singing Games

A practical collection of 29 play parties and singing games. I have chosen dances and games that have a simple beauty and are accessible to the people you work with. I’ve formatted them in a practical way for callers, teachers, and musicians to use while working.  Available as Hard Copy or PDF.

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Resources for Musical Communities PDF

Songs, Rounds, Dances, and pieces from the Suzuki Violin Repertoire arranged for Suzuki group enrichment and integrating the student violinist into the music classroom. N.B. this in not a book based on Suzuki pedagogy.

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