Echoes of Peace Choir

Echoes of Peace Choir

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sara and Choir receive St. Louis County Award

The Excellence in the Arts & Sciences Award was presented November 8, 2011 with appreciation by the Saint Louis County Board of Commissioners to Sara Thomsen & The Echoes of Peace Choir "in recognition of your dedication, innovation, and outstanding contributions to the Arts & Sciences. Your excellent gifts of time, talent, and resources have contributed to the exceptional quality of life in our region, and have helped to make Saint Louis County a better place to live and grow for all of our citizens."

Monday, October 31, 2011

Land of Plenty: Nov 11 and 12, 2011

The University of Minnesota Duluth Diversity Commission is presenting a collaboration of campus and community actors, artists, and musicians in "Land of Plenty: How Did You Come to Be Here?" at 7:30pm on Friday November 11 and Saturday November 12. The performance is at Marshall Performing Arts Center, 1215 Ordean Court, on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.

“Land of Plenty” wrestles with the conundrum of ideals of equal opportunity and realities of inequality in our country's past and present. Written by Sara Thomsen and directed by Tom Isbell, the production portrays a land of welcome and abundance alongside a land of exclusion and forced relocation. Drama, song, art and spoken word intertwine to create an odyssey of origins, a quest for equity.

In an effort to contribute to the cultural richness on and beyond campus, The Department of Art and Design at UMD is joining the “Land of Plenty” event with an art exhibition that will include artworks from faculty and students. The title of the exhibition is: “Mosaic: How Did We Come to Be Here?” The exhibit will be held in the lobby of MPAC from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Performers include Sara Thomsen; Sarah M. Greer, improvisational artist and music faculty (Minneapolis Community & Technical College); Lyz Jaakola, songwriter and music faculty (Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College); Daniel Oyinloye, UMD African American Student Programs Coordinator, with Simultaneous, “a spoken word crew composed of a fresh breed of black poets of the 21st century;” The Echoes of Peace Choir joined by UMD and community singers; Michael Laughing Fox Charette, song/spoken word artist and Native American flute player, Elias Mokole, baritone and music faculty (UMD), Ryan Frane, Director of Jazz Studies (UMD), Juli (Jake) C├íceres, UMD Foreign Languages and Literatures Department; and more. Actors include theatre students and local community members under the direction of UMD Theater Professor Tom Isbell.

Tickets are $15 suggested donation for Adults and $5 suggested donation for Students, Children, Seniors or anyone of Limited Income. Tickets are available at the UMD Multicultural Center, UMD Kirby Info Desk, At Sara’s Table, and online or by phone at Brown Paper Tickets: or call 1-800-838-3006. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Here's a link to the UMD Homepage article about the performance.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Echoes of Peace Duluth Winter Season

The 2011 Winter to Spring season begins Tuesday, January 18. We'll be meeting weekly on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm through April 5, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E. 4th St., Duluth. If interested in joining, email Sara or just show up! There is no audition, and music reading is not required. Anyone with a desire to sing is welcome to join in!

The choir is supported through membership contributions. Our suggested amount for the season is a sliding scale of $50-$100 ($5-$10 per practice session). Full and partial scholarships available for students, seniors, or anyone who might need. No one turned away for lack of funds.