After school rehearsals are from 3:45 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. at Northeastern Elementary School in Kalamazoo. You do not have to attend Northeastern Elementary School to join – all are neighborhood children are welcome.
A neighborhood choir, rehearsing and performing in the Eastside neighborhood, for the betterment and enrichment of all the communities that make up the east side of Kalamazoo.
Under the choral direction of Kristina Jipping, the Eastside Choir is KCCs first neighborhood choir. Formed in October 2013, this small but mighty choir made it’s concert debut in “Welcome Home, to an Eastside Holiday” on December 8, 2013. WMUK radio reporter, Rebecca Thiele, was at the debut concert and filed this story: New Eastside children’s choir brings music to an underserved neighborhood
The Eastside Choir serves the Kalamazoo County neighborhoods of Eastside, Eastwood, Comstock and Parchment and adjacent communities. A free neighborhood choir for children ages 8-12 living in the neighborhood, rehearsing in the neighborhood, performing free concerts in the neighborhood within walking or easy driving distance from home while enhancing the livability of Kalamazoo’s east side corridor.
The Eastside Choir performs at community events throughout the Winter and Spring. If your organization is interested in having the Eastside Choir perform, please contact Kristina Jipping at 269-547-7183 at least one month in advance of the performance to see if the choir is available.
AUDITIONS FOR THIS SEASON: KCC is looking for talented Eastside area children who want love to sing! Join the fun and learn proper vocal instruction – for free! Eastside area children are invited to come to rehearsals Thursdays 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. at Northeastern Elementary School, 2433 Gertrude St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048 during the school year.
THANK YOU TO KCC SUPPORTERS: The Eastside Choir is made possible by generous support from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the John C. Fetzer Fund of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the Arts Council of Kalamazoo Arts Fund, the Sisters of St. Joseph, and from individual and corporate donations.
The Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus thanks the Knights of Columbus, Council #9962 of St. Mary’s Church and the Ladies Sodality of St. Mary’s for it’s generous support of the Eastside Choir.
Tuition for the Eastside Choir is free to resident children for the year, but it does require a commitment from you to participate for the full season. Instilling values of dedication, commitment, loyalty, teamwork, discipline and integrity, as well as superior vocal training, it is an important commitment. No matter what musical path your child is on – from pop to rap or Broadway to opera – your child will be a better singer and a better performer because of KCC.
You too can support the Eastside Choir with a donation to the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus and give the gift of beautiful vocal singing to a child. For online donations hit the Donation button on the upper right hand corner of the screen or donate on the KCC page. You can also donate by check to KCC and mail it to PO Box 50414, Kalamazoo, MI 49005. Please indicate in the memo line if this donation is to be restricted to the “outreach choirs.”