Want to sing a major work with orchestra?
Looking to meet people with the same musical interests as you?
Want to round out your summer with a fulfilling artistic experience?
Look no further!
Join SummerSing 2017 Today!
The Nuts & Bolts:
A one-week choral festival, in which participants from around the city are invited to sing in a performance of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem.
The musicians of Collegium Cincinnati, a surprise cast of guests soloists, and YOU!
July 23-29, 2017
Christ Church Cathedral
318 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Have a Question?
Send an email to our help line: summersing[at]collegiumcincinnati.org
or call: (513) 428-BACH (2224)
Collegium Cincinnati presents
Hot nights, cold beer, electric music-making.
Collegium Cincinnati is pleased to invite you to join us for SummerSing – Cincinnati’s newest participatory choral festival! Cincinnati has a long and rich history of choral singing; at SummerSing, singers from all over the country are invited to join together for a week of rehearsals and social activities that will culminate in a performance of Brahms’ incredible Ein Deutsches Requiem.
The mission of the SummerSing is to bring together choristers of all backgrounds to build connections with each other through great musical performances. SummerSing is a celebration of all the many singers that participate in other choirs during the year, or who are looking for a one-time event to round out the summer season.
In addition to making great music together, one of primary components of the SummerSing is the social time we get to spend together. After several of the rehearsals, we have social activities planned for singers to eat, talk, and build connections in our community. There is, of course, a great closing party as well!
Singers will have the opportunity to perform the work with the musicians of Collegium Cincinnati, under the direction of Artistic Director Christopher Eanes, and will be offered the opportunity to take private voice lessons, learn singer’s diction, and, most importantly, have fun!
Any person (aged eighteen and over, unless accompanied by a parent) may sign up to sing. Attendance is required at all rehearsals.
As we gear up for the festival, we’ll be throwing several Sing-Outs. A Sing-Out is an opportunity for you to grab a score, pull up a beverage, and, with the aid of some fabulous pianists, sing through the work in a fun, friendly, and festive atmosphere.
Brahms’ incredible Ein Deutsches Requiem is one of the most significant works of the nineteenth century and is the longest work that Brahms composed. Unlike traditional Requiem settings, its text is in German instead of Latin; Brahms wrote it as he grieved for his late mother and in remembrance of his dear friend Robert Schumann. The work will be performed in German in its chamber version.
The full SummerSing Schedule:
July 23-29, 2017
Sunday: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Monday – Thursday: 6:15-8:45 pm
Friday: 6:15 – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Concert: 7:30 pm
Location & Parking
Christ Church Cathedral
318 East 4th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Parking is available across the street in the Great American building, or in one of the many area street lots. Street parking is readily available; meters are in effect 7 days, and until 9pm on weekdays.
Adults (over 45, under 65): $75
YP's (21-45): $60
Students/Seniors (under 21, over 65): $60
If you are interested in bringing all or part of an existing church, community, or school choir, please contact us about arranging group discounts.
There may be associated costs if you need to purchase your uniform, for optional social activities, or for printing your score.
Coming from Out of Town?
We would be pleased to be able to help you find an appropriate hotel, and make recommendations about dining and cultural attractions. Give us a call!
Click the link at right to download the vocal score. Before the first rehearsal, please print it and put it in a black binder or choral folder.
If you are having trouble downloading or printing the score, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Learning the Music
The more preparation you do, the more you will enjoy the experience. If you are an experienced note-reader, you can sit at a piano and learn your part. If you pick up music better by ear, we have provided some YouTube links that will help with your part learning.
Other Ways to Prepare
Listen to recordings!
There are lots of great recordings of Brahms' masterpiece available for free listening/viewing online. We have included some representative ones in our links box on the right.
Read the Full Score
Never read a full orchestral score before? Why not? Even if you're not a trained musician, it can give you great insight into what is going on into the orchestra, the solo parts, etc. Download one here.
Q: Do I need to audition?
A: Nope! Just sign up.
Q: Will you sing it in German?
A: Yes - but if you're unfamiliar with singing in German, we'll help you out!
Q: Will you teach us the notes?
A: Our hope is that you do some preparation on your own, but we will guide you through the learning process.
Q: Can I sing from my iPad?
A: Sure! But, you also need to be able to take notes in your score. There's an app for that!
Concert attire is dressy black. For men, we encourage long sleeves and no shirts showing underneath. Black ties/blazers optional.
For women, skirts, dresses, and pants are all appropriate. Please make sure the length is tasteful, and that shoulders are covered.
Black dress shoes for all.
SummerSing Socials & Sing-Outs
Collegium Cincinnati will offer 3-4 Sing-Out events in the months leading up the SummerSing, wherein singers are invited to attend an informal reading of the piece. These may be held in bars, living rooms, or churches. The purpose of these events is to a) build interest in the event and the piece being performed; b) introduce singers to the work; c) begin to draw personal connections among the singers; d) have fun.
SummerSing Socials are a great way to get to know the other members of the choir! From getting-to-know you activities, to post-rehearsal food & drink outings, to score marking parties, we're always interested in the social aspect of choral singing.
This year, the Young Professionals Choral Collective is planning our social activities. If you have ever been to one of their events, you know they plan fun, creative, and inclusive events for all to enjoy!
SummerSing Socials are currently being planned; check back here for a full list as we get closer to the event. Some activities may be appropriate only for singers 21 and older.