Aurora Chorus awakens the heart with diverse music that illuminates the breadth of wonder, joy and challenge that make up life’s journey. Themes of compassion, justice and peace—for all people and for all of life—consistently weave through Aurora’s programming.
As a women’s chorus, we focus particularly on giving voice to women’s perspectives and empowerment, not only by singing about women—but also by featuring women composers and poets. Aurora’s Director, Joan Szymko is a renowned composer who has contributed significantly to the body of literature for women’s voices. “Szymko continues to provide opportunities for women’s choruses to stretch beyond the ordinary and the expected to the refreshing and powerful.” [Choral Journal] Aurora Chorus has premiered many of Joan’s compositions that have been published and performed by choruses across North America, most notably, It Takes a Village and I Dream a World.
Aurora repertoire is diverse, crossing centuries and continents, though character and style overall leans toward contemporary composers and arrangements of contemporary singer/songwriters. Multicultural music is another important component of Aurora Chorus repertoire, as we sing music from a variety of cultures and languages from across the globe.
For samples of Aurora Chorus repertoire, see Past Concerts