Echoes of Peace Choir

Echoes of Peace Choir

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Echoes of Peace Website

We've moved!

Please visit our website from now on for Echoes of Peace Choir news and updates!

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Sara Thomsen
Director, Echoes of Peace

Friday, May 30, 2014

Music For All!

Echoes of Peace Choir will be singing as part of the Kako Foundation's "Music For All" Benefit on Saturday, 7pm, May 31, at Peace Church, 1111 North 11th Ave E, Duluth. Free will donations will go to support the Kako Foundation music programs for youth in Haiti and Duluth. The program will also feature Rudy Perrault, Director of Orchestras at University of Minnesota Duluth, Elizabeth Nordell, storyteller, Kako's Choir and friends!

More about the Kako Foundation:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Harmony in the Park!

This summer, Echoes of Peace Choir will be one of several Minnesota choir's singing for Classical MPR's "Harmony in the Park" festival.  The outdoor choral festival will be in Minneapolis (June 5), Mankato (June 8), and Duluth (June 15) featuring different local choirs at each city.

Sunday, June 15 is the Duluth weekend, and the three local choirs performing are the Twin Ports Choral Project, the Lake Superior Youth Chorus, and the Echoes of Peace Choir. It will be held at Leif Erikson Park in Duluth, and starts at 4pm.

Echoes of Peace Choir practices for the performance are 6:30-8:15pm: May 20 and May 27 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in the fellowship hall, 2310 E 4th St.  Practice on June 3 and 10 will be on Park Point at Lafayette Square Community Center, 3026 Minnesota Ave.

Come sing with us or come June 15 to listen (and sing from the audience)!

More details about the whole festival:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Place to Call Home

Song, story, and poetry on homelessness and the quest to find home
The Echoes of Peace Choir's spring concert, "A Place to Call Home," will focus on the issues of homelessness and affordable housing. The concert is 4pm, April 27, 2014 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 West 4th Street. Admission is free. Special guests include Rachael Kilgour, Charlie Parr, and Kako's Choir, a children's choir founded by the Kako Foundation in partnership with Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative.

The performance is dedicated in memory of advocate of the homeless and affordable housing champion, Steve O'Neil (1950-2013). The evening will include an update on the Steve O'Neil Apartments (just across the street from Sacred Heart!) and ways you can support this and other affordable housing projects and efforts to end homelessness in Duluth and St. Louis County. See you there!

This activity is funded in part by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fall 2013 Choir Season Begins

We will be starting up our fall 2013 season on Tuesday, September 3, 6:30-8:15pm. This season we will be meeting at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School in their music room. The address is 1027 N. 8th Avenue East, Duluth (formerly Grant Elementary School).

More details on this web page:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Heart of Echoes of Peace

The heart of Echoes of Peace is bringing people together through song
Story, puppets and poems, paintings and pictures
To sing in harmonious, cacophonous community together

The heart of bringing people together to sing is witnessing what happens, 
Beholding what begins, sensing what simmers
When a song is sung collectively
When we—in all our splendid, wondrous, irritating, frustrating and
glorious diversity come together to sing as One Voice.

The singing is not about the song
The song is a vehicle, instrument, passageway
To propel us, move us, shake us, beckon and break us
open to wander where our hearts want to lead
Present, Open, Aware, Engaged, Caring
Able to witness the wondrous and horrific world
 Around, within, and about us

The horrific world:
Where children are gunned down in public school,
Where entire peoples are targets of genocide—
Halabja, Auschwitz, Sandy Lake, Wounded Knee
A world where people are raped, lynched, tortured, kidnapped, killed
For their color of skin, religion, gender, sexual orientation.
Clayton, Jackson, McGhie. Matthew Shephard.
Homelessness, hunger, poverty, prisons
War, waste, oil spilling, honor killing
Invasion, denigration, degradation
There is no end to the bad news.

Our hearts turn to stone, shell-shocked souls despair
Stunned, inert, immobilized
Echoing a song is somewhere to begin

A song is a gardener
It picks up a shovel and starts to dig.
Tenderly tips the blade into the burnt and brazed, hard as hell,
Crusted, cranky, depleted, impenetrable soil
at the surface of the heart
Tosses and turns over and around all the scraps, remnants, remains,
All the crap, cruelty, and craziness
Amending, softening, sifting
Activating, aerating, enlivening

A song is a seed
It is not derailed, discouraged, deterred by gated, guarded hearts
It finds every shortcut, crack and crevice
It flits, floats, meanders, winds, works it’s way in
Wakes us up to what is and what can be

It will knock down the wall and fashion a bridge from sundered stone
Enter the soul’s secret garden
Subtly scatter seed

A song will not change a policy, re-write the laws, topple dictators,
End discrimination, stop deforestation
House the homeless, feed the hungry, heal the land

The singing of songs, the piping of poems,
The drumming, dancing, delving, digging, delighting, daring,
Beautiful boldness of art
Will merely crack open the hard shell
 of the dormant heart

And hearts awakened
are unstoppable

May a song, a story, a poem, a painting, a puppet
Tap you on the shoulder
Trickle to your heart
Invite you to Dance
Ripple, rhyme, resound
a pebble tossed
an echo of peace

Sara Thomsen, Artistic Director
Echoes of Peace