Local Chorus


  • 15 wks starting February 25, 2020
  • Tuesday from 4 – 4:45 pm
  • Montessori School of Northampton


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 starts on Tuesday February 25 at the Montessori School of Northampton. We meet for two 15 week sessions per year. Cost is $225 per session.

The mission of the Chorus is to bring joy to the community through music and performing. We have a repertoire, and we also learn new songs.

Here is a partial list:

  • This Land Is Your Land
  • We Know the Way (from the movie Moana)
  • Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
  • Walls (Tom Petty)
  • Home (Phillip Phillips)
  • Let It Be
  • Help! (both by Beatles)
  • Forever Young
  • Blowin’ in the Wind
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • We Shall Overcome
  • If You Want to Sing Out Sing Out (Cat Stevens)
  • If I Had a Hammer
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Dear Theodosia
  • Don’t Carry It All
  • Little Boxes
  • Everybody
  • Seasons of Love (Rent)
  • Nowhere Man
  • I’m a Believer

Peace Rounds

  • Dona Nobis Pacem
  • Shalom Chavarim
  • Asalaam Alecum
  • Peace Round by Jean Ritchie
  • Lamb & Lion

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. At the present time, 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. We have performed with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, The Nields, and were the musical welcome for Senator Ed Markey’s 2017 Town Hall in Northampton.

Local Chorus meets in the Music Room at the bottom level of Montessori School in Northampton, at 51 Bates Ave. Parents may stay to sing, or drop kids off. Local Chorus has included singers from all four public elementary schools, private schools, charter schools and home-schooled kids. If you are interested in joining, please do so by emailing Nerissand@gmail.com.

The cost of the chorus is $225 for one child, and $400 for two siblings. You may pay with check, cash, PayPal or credit card.


  • Where: Montessori School of Northampton, 51 Bates Ave
  • When: 4-4:45pm, Tuesday afternoons
  • Meetings: Starting Tuesday September 17, 2019 for fifteen weeks.


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