Nerissa Nields

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Local Chorus

Date: 10 weeks starting September 18, 2017
Time: Mondays from 4-4:45pm
Location: Jackson St School, Room 206
Cost: $125/$200

Local Chorus is a privately run chorus for kids aged 5-13. We sing a wide repertoire of folk, pop, rock and classical music in one-, two- and three-part arrangements. When possible, we incorporate strings played by the students, as well as guitar and percussion played by adults and students. Our mission is to bring joy to the community through music and performance.

The next session of Local Chorus will start on Monday September 18, 2017 at Jackson Street School. We will meet for 10 weeks (see  schedule below) and learn new songs, as well as the ones we learned last session (“Alexander Hamilton,” “Dear Theodosia,” “Home,” “Let It Be,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Forever Young” and five peace rounds!)

The Local Chorus will always include Repertoire and Learning Songs.

Though influenced by Nerissa’s participation in HooteNanny (which she co-founded in 2006 with Katryna Nields), Local Chorus is a performance group. We will be working hard to learn songs to be performed at various opportunities. This chorus is for kids who want to sing in front of people, and who are willing to focus and listen in rehearsal. There are no auditions, and Nerissa prizes enthusiasm, good attention and behavior in rehearsal over musical ability.  Each ten week session will include at least one performance.

Local Chorus meets in Room 206 at Jackson Street School in Northampton. Parents may stay to sing, or drop kids off. As of this writing, Local Chorus includes singers from all four public elementary schools. Children from private schools, charter schools and home-schooled kids are welcome, as well. If you are interested in joining, please do so by emailing

The cost of the chorus is $125 for one child, and $200 for two siblings. You may pay with check, cash, PayPal or credit card.


  • Where: Jackson St School, Room 206
  • When: 4-4:45pm, Monday afternoons
  • Meetings: Starting September 18 and subsequent Mondays for ten weeks, not counting holidays and school vacations