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Young@Heart Chorus

Effective date for entry: 4/24/2013

Contact information

Mailing address:240 Main Street
Memorial Hall, Room 5
Northampton, MA 01060


A chorus of "senior citizens" with an average age of about 80 years that performs a wide variety of mostly modern popular and rock songs. Founded at an elderly housing project in Northampton called the Walter Salvo House, the chorus regularly tours in the US and abroad. It was the subject of a popular documentary by Walker George that was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures; the soundtrack includes the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated," Bruce Springsteen's "Dancin' In The Dark," David Bowie's "Golden Years," Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia," James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and Talking Head's "Road To Nowhere."

From a review of the documentary: "The fact that the chorus's members are willing to tackle such daunting material attests to the spirit of adventure that is a crucial spur to their shared bonhomie. More than one member admits that his or her favorite music is classical, opera or show tunes. These rock songs are unfamiliar. Instead of comfortable walks around the block, rehearsals (there are three a week) are demanding hikes over hilly terrain. The challenge only makes it more exciting."

The chorus auditions new voices at its rehearsals. The minimum age is 73 and you must live year-round within a 40-mile radius of Northampton. Email for details.

Music Director:Bob Cilman
Year founded:1982
Number of Singers:24
Voice parts:Adults, mixed

  • Auditions required
  • No dues required
  • Commercial recordings

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Last updated: 2013-04-24 12:53:10U

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