The TCJC was founded in the Fall of 2009 with the goal of becoming an artistically excellent, multi-generational community concert choir.
Our mission is to perform the full range of Jewish music while providing outreach and education. More specifically, the TCJC aims to perform ancient and modern repertoire, liturgical and secular pieces, rarely performed works, and new compositions in a variety of languages, including Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, English, and others.
We also look forward to collaborating with other choirs. We are excited to provide outreach and education by bringing to light the often unexplored Jewish musical repertoire and sharing these works with the community at large.
I attended a Jewish Learning at Temple Israel seminar on “But What Makes it Jewish? An Experience with Theater, Music and the Visual Arts.” Members of TCJC gave a detailed and interesting talk on the history of Jewish choral music, the intersection of Jewish choruses and Jewish values, and of course, a discussion of what makes Jewish choral music Jewish. The information was fascinating and it gave all of us an outstanding education in Jewish choral music, which prior to this class I knew nothing about. But what was really special was that in between speakers, the TCJC sang a number of musical selections that were stunningly beautiful and moving. I left the class with a great education on the topic and it very much made me a fan of Jewish choral music and specifically of the TCJC – I would urge everyone to attend one of their concerts as there is no way they won’t find it as beautiful and moving as I did.
It’s been a pleasure watching the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale grow in confidence and ability, tackling music from across the centuries and from so many corners of Jewish experience. I especially enjoy the group’s palpable love of making music. Anyone—Jew or non-Jew—will appreciate the rich musical heritage these singers are presenting.
Thank you so much again for welcoming [the VOICE Community Building Initiative for the Loring Park Russian-speaking Jewish elderly community] to your wonderful concert! I actually did a survey with them after the concert: Total Attendees: 59; Response Rate: 78%. 100% of respondents said they feel like a part of the Minneapolis Jewish Community after attending the TCJC performance on June 2, 2013. 100% of respondents stated they enjoyed or really enjoyed the concert. 92% shared that they liked attending a performance because it (1) was a chance to spend time with friends and community members, (2) gave them a feeling of closeness to the Jewish culture, music and art and it (3) was a chance to learn about TCJC work. 100% stated they would like to attend a concert like this again.
The Twin Cities Jewish Chorale provides a very special and unique opportunity for members of our community from all congregations as well as unaffiliated across the Twin Cities who love Jewish music to come together to sing, study and perform the treasures of our incredible Jewish heritage. What a gift this group is for all of us. We are truly blessed to share in their musical gifts. On behalf of myself and the Minnesota Cantors Association, thank you for all of your interest and support.