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Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

P.O. Box 131002, AA 48105

Since 1969. For professional and amateur organists, choir directors, organ enthusiasts, and music lovers. Concerts, workshops, lectures. Dues $100; disabled, under age 21, and seniors age 65 & over $75; students $40; (includes subscription to monthly publication, The American Organist).,

The Ann Arbor Celtic Harpers

c/o Carol Kappus, 9703 Island Lake Road, Dexter 48130
(734) 424-9039

Informal club of people interested in the Celtic harp meets a few times a year to share and play music. Holds concerts around the midwest and brings international Celtic harper performers to Ann Arbor. Resource for learning harp and those who wish to hire them.,

Ann Arbor Civic Chorus

(734) 994-2300, ext. 53203

Offered through Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed) department and is open to all. No audition is required to join. Rehearsals are Mon. evenings with two concerts a year. The chorus performs a wide variety of musical selections. Directed by Karen TenBrink.

Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance (AACTMAD)

4531 Concourse [map]
(734) 761-2576

Dedicated to traditional music, dance, song, and related arts. Sponsors about 200 events yearly, most with live music and dance, including contra, English country, Morris, swing, and fusion. Produces Dancing in the Streets in downtown Ann Arbor on the Sun. of Labor Day weekend. Dues $15, students & limited-income members $10, families $25., V

Ann Arbor Festival of Song

Concerts, recitals, and lectures devoted to art song and vocal chamber music, by local and visiting professional and student singers. Presents annual three-day "Week After Art Fair Song Fest" in July at Kerrytown Concert House.,

Ann Arbor Grail Singers

1401 Maywood Ave. [map]
(734) 662-0631

This 16-voice women's choir performs Renaissance, Medieval, and Baroque music a capella and with instrumental accompaniment. Rehearsals Tues. evenings Oct.-May. Dues $50. Auditions:,

Ann Arbor Morris

Sam Nola, (734) 717-1569

English performance/recreational dance group. Practice Sun. 6-8 p.m. Winter site Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse (Oct.-Apr. weekly), Summer site between Rackham and North Quad on the U-M campus (May-Sept. contact for dates); rain site U-M Dental school portico). New members welcome. No dues.,,

Ann Arbor Recorder Society

Sindi Keesan: (914) 236-6123

Chapter of the American Recorder Society, directed by Janet Cannon, an early music specialist. Meetings include amateur recorder players, and member players of other early instruments. Presents an April early music workshop with guest instructor, and a June concert of Renaissance and Baroque music. Meets 2nd Mon. of Sept. and Jan. and the 1st Mon. of other months from Oct.-June at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Annual dues $50.,

Ann Arbor Sacred Harp

Pat Forsberg-Smith, (734) 678-7549

No Meetings during Covid. Devoted to the practice of shape-note singing, a form of early American communal hymn singing. All voices and experience levels welcome. Meets at the Ark, 316 S. Main, Sept.-June, usually 2nd Sun. 1-4 p.m.

Ann Arbor Screenwriters Group

Discusses screenwriting craft and business, as well as independent filmmaking; critiques members' scripts; provides resources. Meets 2nd and 4th Wed. 7-9 p.m., various downtown locations in Ann Arbor. Note: Does not meet if there are no member scripts ready to review.,

Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts

(734) 930-0353

Presents 6 concerts in fall and spring Wed. mornings at the Ann Arbor City Club. Sponsors the SMA Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition and SMA Collegiate Young Artist Competition annually.,

Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild

Steve Daut (734) 845-1070

Story sharing at monthly meetings, 4th Sun., Ann Arbor District Library downtown; free, visitors welcome. Produces annual StoryFest each fall and many other story events throughout the year. Dues: $20. or,

Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild

(503) 476-4495

Professional support and continuing education for piano teachers, which includes lectures, performances, seminars, performance opportunities, and teacher enrichment grants. Students can participate in regular and theme recitals, achievement testing, and piano ensemble camp. Find local teachers on the website.

The Arbor Consort

Official madrigal singing group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Performs a cappella Renaissance songs and Christmas carols in small ensembles in period costumes. Available for hire. No dues, helps with costuming. Open rehearsals March, every Wed. 7:30 p.m. Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church. Performs Aug., Sept., Dec.,

Ballroom Dance Club at the University of Michigan

Michigan League [map]

Weekly ballroom and Latin dance lessons followed by open dancing. No partner necessary. All skill levels welcome. Meets most Sun. Dues $70, students $50, U-M affiliates $60. Semester memberships available."> Visit website for weekly schedule.">,

Burns Park Players

1414 Wells [map]
(734) 476-4302

Neighborhood adult theater group incorporates children grades 1-5 of the Burns Park School into its cast for the annual Feb. musical production, a benefit for performing arts enrichment programs in the public schools.

The Comic Opera Guild

P.O. Box 1922, AA 48106
(734) 973-3264

Local and touring company stages classical musical theater, often in new performing versions. Open auditions for soloists and chorus. Records early Broadway musicals as well as rare operas and operettas. Also sponsors Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition, open to singers not singing professionally or represented by an agent. Email to receive audience or audition announcements., V

Community Music School of Ann Arbor

P.O. Box 2447, 48106
(734) 213-2000

Formerly Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts. Programs include chamber music, the New Horizons Senior String Orchestra, jazz combos, and more., V

Detroit Irish Music Association (DIMA)

Preserves and promotes traditional Irish music, song, dance, and language in Michigan through classes, workshops, concerts, and sessions. Classes for adults and children at all skill levels in tin whistle, Irish flute, fiddle, concertina, harp, accordion, banjo, guitar, singing, and bodhran. Meets Sept.-May, Thurs. 7:30 p.m. at Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd.,

Dodworth Saxhorn Band

681 Archwood [map]
Joe DeMarsh (734) 645-5872

Nineteenth-century period-instrument brass band. Performs year-round in the East, Midwest, South, and Canada. Occasional open auditions.,


(734) 665-4573

Nine-member song and dance troupe performs lively musical revues of standards with stylized staging, comedy bits, costumes, and props. Performs throughout lower Michigan. Email for audition information.,

Huron Valley Harmonizers

(734) 796-7467

Open to all men who love to sing, this a cappella chorus is a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and performs contemporary, doo-wop, and music in the barbershop style at community events. All ages welcome, but call ahead or check website. Meets weekly when not performing, Tues. 7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek, Ypsilanti.,,

Measure for Measure

P.O. Box 2938, AA 48106
(734) 649-7664

Ninety voice men's choral society, conducted by Steven Lorenz, performs in Michigan and the Midwest 6-8 times a year. Rehearses Sun. night from 6:30-9 p.m. in EMU's Alexander Hall; visitors welcome. Auditions in Jan. & Sept. Christmas concert at St. Francis of Assisi Church, spring concert at Hill Auditorium.

Michigan Argentine Tango Club

Eight-week lessons and practice series, beginners through intermediate. No partner or experience necessary. Lessons Wed. 8-10:30 p.m., 3463 Mason Hall, 419 S. State. First time attendee dues (for 8 weeks): Students $20, others $30. Practice sessions Mon., 8-11:30 p.m., Pittsfield Union Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.: $5. Discounts on classes for members. Drop-Ins welcome.,

Michigan Sinfonietta

431 Sommerset Ct. [map]
(734) 769-2988

Professional chamber orchestra performs for various organizations, such as choral groups, ballet companies, theaters, and churches, throughout Michigan.

Out Loud Chorus

P.O. Box 7107, AA 48107
(734) 265-0740

Educational, performance, and social group. Based in LGBT community, but open to all; many ability levels welcome. Meets Sept.-May, Mon. 7-9:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium.,

Rec&Ed (Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education and Recreation)

1515 S. Seventh [map]
(734) 994-2300

Many classes in dance, music, drama, singing, and writing. See quarterly brochure online for fees and classes. S

Ring of Steel Action Theatre

3907 Varsity (Ring Star Studios) [map]
Diane Miller, (734) 320-1147

Swordplay, fencing, and stunt classes for all ages. Training in theater and film stunt work. Hosts summer camps, demonstrations, workshops, and lectures. Performs at schools, fairs, parties, and other events. Provides choreography, design, and props.,

Sole Full of Rhythm

4569 Washtenaw [map]
Sara Randazzo, (734) 477-9350

Professional tap dancers and student company perform in various schools, clubs, concerts, festivals. Workshops for all levels; annual concert.,

Stark Raving MADrigals

Informal group for singers who want to continue to socialize and sing throughout the summer; open to all. Uses The A Cappella Singer. No auditions; rehearsals, performances, and attendance are optional. Meets each week, June-Aug.; email for information.

Swing Ann Arbor

Swing dancing every Wed. No partner or experience needed. All ages welcome. Beginner lesson 8 p.m. Open dance 9-11 p.m, $4 for students with ID, $5 general admission. Progressive classes offered in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, and more.,

Thurston Community Players

2616 Nixon [map]

Since 1974. Produces an original musical production with local themes each year in mid March. As many as 250 people from the Thurston neighborhood, ranging in age from kindergarteners to senior citizens, participate as actors, stage crew, and other roles. Mid March show is $5 K-12 and $10 adult held at Clague Middle School Auditorium. Proceeds go to area schools.

Troupe Habibat al-Fen

400 W. Washington (YMCA) [map]
Grace Lehman, (734) 661-8034

Middle Eastern dance ensemble performs locally for community and educational events. Classes offered at the Ann Arbor YMCA; beginning level Thurs. 6:30 p.m. and a level II/III class on Tues. 7:30 p.m.,

U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Michigan League, 911 North University [map]
(734) 647-8436

University and community members perform the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. See website for audition information. 2019-20 performances include The Yeomen of the Guard (December 5-8) and HMS Pinafore (April 9-12).,

University Musical Society Choral Union

881 North University [map]
(734) 763-8997

Chorus of 175 voices performs locally, including Handel's Messiah in Dec., and with the Detroit, Toledo, and Ann Arbor symphonies. Auditions in spring and fall. Director Scott Hanoian.,

Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor

(734) 741-7451, (734) 323-6659

Chamber choir of 24 singers performs a cappella and accompanied works of various styles, from Renaissance to contemporary. Four programs a year, including a dinner cabaret. Frequently collaborates with other professional dance and instrumental ensembles; often commissions new works. Call or email (through site), for audition.

Voices in Harmony Chorus

(734) 612-7580

Fifty-member women's a cappella barbershop chorus. All ages and skill levels welcome, no formal auditions. Meets Tues. 7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile, Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($28 monthly dues for those who join).

Washtenaw Chorale

Members sing classical and lighter music as a group and with other local groups such as Dexter and Ypsilanti community orchestras. Weekly rehearsals begin in September, (but not in 2020. Email to keep updated), to prepare for November concert. Serious singers may audition by contacting director. info@,

The Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale

1410 S. Zeeb [map]

Ensemble performs spirituals and the music of African American composers and arrangers. Rehearsals mid-Sept.-June, Tues. 7 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence. Email about joining. Dues $60, students $25.,

Women's Chamber Chorus

(734) 355-7738

Performs intermediate to advanced music from classical to folk to pop. No auditions. Rehearses Sept.-May (except Labor Day), Mon. 10-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Dues $120 (per semester).

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