Ames Choral Society

Ames Choral Society The Ames Choral Society encourages participation in fine choral music. Each year, ACS presents fall, spring, and summer concerts, and a cabaret-style variety show.
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Since 1964 men and women from Ames and the surrounding area have been creating a community of spirit and joy, singing diverse, high quality secular and sacred choral literature: folk songs, spirituals, musical theater selections, and larger works. In recent years, we have performed Haydn's The Seasons, Handel's Messiah, When Icicles Hang by John Rutter, Vivaldi's Magnificat, Cantata 140 (Wachet auf) by Bach, Hanukkah songs, and music by Iowans and/or about Iowa.

Operating as usual

We are saddened to announce that the Ames Choral Society Board has voted to cancel the December concert. The safety of o...
08/24/2020

We are saddened to announce that the Ames Choral Society Board has voted to cancel the December concert. The safety of our singers is of the upmost importance to us and we did not make this decision lightly. The Board will continue to monitor the safety of singing together and will give updates as we learn them.

Even though we are not together, keep on singing!

“Music has the power to heal, transform and inspire and we have the power through deep listening to increase our intuition and self awareness.”
– Andre Feriante

04/26/2020
United States Navy Band

Is it time to think about Christmas?

The countdown begins! Can you remember all 12 Days of Christmas? #MerryChristmas #NavyMusic

03/06/2020

LIGHTS 💡, CAMERA 🎥, ACTION 🎬... IT'S SHOWTIME!

TONIGHT is the first night of Cabaret! Join Ames Choral Society at 7PM at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church for a night of mystery, music, and thrill! Tickets are available for purchase at the door!

See you there... If you dare!

🎵 🎬 MUSIC MONDAY! 🎬 🎵Who did it? Where? When? Why?Experience the dark side of music and mysteries at the Ames Choral Soc...
03/02/2020

🎵 🎬 MUSIC MONDAY! 🎬 🎵

Who did it? Where? When? Why?

Experience the dark side of music and mysteries at the Ames Choral Society's Cabaret 2020: Dial M for Music, a musical revue featuring songs dealing with murder and mayhem! Meet favorite, and not so favorite, mystery characters and help solve crimes in the library, in the alley, in secret rooms.

Cabaret 2020 will be presented at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 209 Colorado Ave, Ames, which is a NEW venue for the Cabaret.

Shows are Friday, March 6, 7 pm, and Saturday, March 7 at 3 pm.

Tickets are available from members and Rieman Music, 327 Main St., Ames for $12/advance and $15 at the door.

For info: www.ameschoral.org, Facebook, and 515-232-5545. Come if you dare!

🎬 Cabaret 2020 Sneak Peak 🎬Chicago will be featured twice in Dial "M" for Music as a solo and small group!Dial "M" for M...
02/13/2020

🎬 Cabaret 2020 Sneak Peak 🎬

Chicago will be featured twice in Dial "M" for Music as a solo and small group!

Dial "M" for Music is on March 6 (7PM) and March 7 (3PM) at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church!

Who is excited for Cabaret 2020? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️Sneak Peek: Dial "M" for Music will feature TWO songs from Little Shop of Horro...
02/12/2020

Who is excited for Cabaret 2020? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

Sneak Peek: Dial "M" for Music will feature TWO songs from Little Shop of Horrors! Any guesses on what they could be?

Mark those calendars for March 6 (7PM) and March 7 (3PM) at our new location: St. Andrew's Lutheran Church!

Did You Mark Your Calendars?Dial "M" For Music will take place on March 6 & 7 with a new location at St. Andrew's Luther...
02/05/2020

Did You Mark Your Calendars?
Dial "M" For Music will take place on March 6 & 7 with a new location at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church!
You won't want to miss it!

Pssst......while we're letting you know exciting stuff about Ames Choral Society - there is no rehearsal on Monday, Febr...
01/27/2020

Pssst......while we're letting you know exciting stuff about Ames Choral Society - there is no rehearsal on Monday, February 3. Caucus night!
AND - CABARET 2020 "Dial M for Music" - will be at ST. ANDREW'S LUTHERAN CHURCH on March 6 and 7!! Please note NEW venue.

MISSA GAIA (Earth Mass)! Tonight's the night, if you are interested in singing this beautiful piece, come to St. Andrew'...
01/27/2020

MISSA GAIA (Earth Mass)! Tonight's the night, if you are interested in singing this beautiful piece, come to St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 209 Colorado in Ames, at 7:15. No need to notify first, simply come to the fellowship hall and there will be people to greet you! Performance is Sunday, April 26 - there will be a small orchestra accompanying.
Semester dues are $30.

Rehearsals for Ames Choral Society's 2020 cabaret are underway -  be sure to mark your calendars for this exciting show ...
01/07/2020

Rehearsals for Ames Choral Society's 2020 cabaret are underway - be sure to mark your calendars for this exciting show featuring mystery and mayhem! "Dial "M" for Music" will take place March 6 and 7 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church - please note venue change
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Singers interested in performing on our spring concert, MISSA GAIA - Earth Mass please join us when rehearsals begin on Monday, January 27, 7:15 pm, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. Message us, or contact Steve Hoifeldt, or your favorite ACS member with questions!

🎵MUSIC MONDAY! 🎵Did You Know?"Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving Song!  Written by James Lord Pierpont and publ...
12/16/2019

🎵MUSIC MONDAY! 🎵
Did You Know?
"Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving Song! Written by James Lord Pierpont and published in 1857, the song's original title was "One Horse Open Sleigh" then it was changed to "Jingle Bells, or the One Horse Open Sleigh" when it was reprinted in 1859.

12/10/2019

The Ames Choral Society will be fundraising at Culvers today for both lunch, 11am-2pm, and supper, 5-7pm. Anyone who eats at Culver's during those times will be helping ACS as part of the proceeds will be donated to us.

🎵MUSIC MONDAY!🎵 Mark Your Calendars!Ames Choral Society Presents: "Remember Decembers" on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00PM!
12/02/2019

🎵MUSIC MONDAY!🎵
Mark Your Calendars!
Ames Choral Society Presents: "Remember Decembers" on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00PM!

Mark Your Calendars!Ames Choral Society Presents "Remembering Decembers" on December 8 at 3:00PM at St. Andrew's Luthera...
11/25/2019

Mark Your Calendars!
Ames Choral Society Presents "Remembering Decembers" on December 8 at 3:00PM at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. You don't want to miss it!

🎵MUSIC MONDAY! 🎵Meet our conductor, Steve Hoifeldt! Steve has been conducting Ames Choral Society since 1982!Here are so...
11/25/2019

🎵MUSIC MONDAY! 🎵

Meet our conductor, Steve Hoifeldt! Steve has been conducting Ames Choral Society since 1982!
Here are some facts about Steve:
1. He is a great baker and brewer
2. He delivered newspapers in Iowa City during college
3. He is 100% Danish!

Thank you, Steve!

11/18/2019

🎼 MUSIC MONDAY! 🎼
Did you know?
Cabaret has been an annual tradition for Ames Choral Society since 1992!

11/11/2019

🎵MUSIC MONDAY! 🎵

Did You Know?

Ames Choral Society has been creating music as a group since 1964!

11/05/2019

🎵MUSIC MONDAY! 🎵

Did You Know?!

That singing in a group boosts you mood?

Multiple studies prove that singing as a part of a group provides numerous physical and emotional benefits. Researchers have discovered that singing is soothing and does raise one's spirits and mood. When you sing with others, the body releases feel-good hormones, like oxytocin, and reduces stress-causing ones, like cortisol!

10/28/2019

🎵 MUSIC MONDAY! 🎵

Did You Know?

Ames Choral Society members range in ages from 10 to 93! ACS is dedicated to creating a community of spirit and joy through diverse range of music, no matter your age!

......psst.............so, you know our first rehearsal starts THIS Monday, August 26 at 7:15, right?  Right..  Now we h...
08/24/2019

......psst.............so, you know our first rehearsal starts THIS Monday, August 26 at 7:15, right? Right.. Now we have even more exciting news for you - mark your calendars for Cabaret 2020 "Dial 'M' for MUSIC" - an entire show devoted to mystery and intrigue, a regular whodunnit in music!
We hope to see returning AND new singers this Monday!

Are you looking for a choir to sing with this fall?  We're here, waiting for you!  Here is the music included on our Dec...
08/19/2019

Are you looking for a choir to sing with this fall? We're here, waiting for you! Here is the music included on our December 8 concert. Come join us NEXT Monday, August 26 at 7:15, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Ames.

Hey friends!  This post went up this morning with the wrong date ---------- please DO come and sing with us, but let's s...
08/02/2019

Hey friends! This post went up this morning with the wrong date ---------- please DO come and sing with us, but let's start on August 26, Monday, 7:15, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. Send us questions, we'd love to hear from you.

A few pics from our concert yesterday - thanks to all who attended, it was a wonderful day.
07/01/2019

A few pics from our concert yesterday - thanks to all who attended, it was a wonderful day.

A few pics from our concert yesterday - thanks to all who attended, it was a wonderful day.

06/30/2019

Hey...hot tomorrow. Stay cool with us at 3:00, St. Andrew's Lutheran in Ames. Music & ice cream! Looking for YOU

Come hear an awesome concert tomorrow, June 30, 3 pm at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Ames. The audience joins in with m...
06/29/2019

Come hear an awesome concert tomorrow, June 30, 3 pm at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Ames. The audience joins in with many favorite songs too. Stay for the ice cream social afterwards. "Land of the Free" - let's celebrate!

Hey - here are just some of the people who want to sing for you this Sunday! Ames Choral Society's summer concert, Sunday at 3:00, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church - come have some fun with us, enjoy some excellent choral music, sing along with us and let us serve you some ice cream after! See you then!!

Hey - here are just some of the people who want to sing for you this Sunday!  Ames Choral Society's summer concert, Sund...
06/27/2019

Hey - here are just some of the people who want to sing for you this Sunday! Ames Choral Society's summer concert, Sunday at 3:00, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church - come have some fun with us, enjoy some excellent choral music, sing along with us and let us serve you some ice cream after! See you then!!

Hey all!  Is this on your calendar for this Sunday at 3:00?  Everyone is working hard on music, PLUS there will be the u...
06/26/2019

Hey all! Is this on your calendar for this Sunday at 3:00? Everyone is working hard on music, PLUS there will be the usual fun sing-alongs....and then there's ice cream after. What could be better? See poster for info, or send us a message - we can't wait to see you!

My Choir Robes
05/07/2019

My Choir Robes

#MusicIsLife
#MyChoirRobes
#MyMusicFolders

05/02/2019

New members are welcome to join the Summer Chorus! Rehearsals start Monday, May 6, 7:15 pm at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Ames. The concert for the summer is June 30, 3 pm at St. Andrew's.

Spring is in the air! Some wonderful music will be sung by wonderful people this Sunday evening: madrigals (old and new)...
04/25/2019

Spring is in the air! Some wonderful music will be sung by wonderful people this Sunday evening: madrigals (old and new), some peaceful music and something unusual.
St. Andrew's in Ames at 7 p.m.

Thank you, West HyVee, for letting us invade your beautiful floral department for a photo op! Our concert, "Spring!", is Sunday, April 28, 7 pm, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 209 Colorado Ave. Thank you, Marical, Floral Manager, who joined us!

Thank you, West HyVee, for letting us invade your beautiful floral department for a photo op! Our concert, "Spring!", is...
04/24/2019

Thank you, West HyVee, for letting us invade your beautiful floral department for a photo op! Our concert, "Spring!", is Sunday, April 28, 7 pm, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 209 Colorado Ave. Thank you, Marical, Floral Manager, who joined us!

More music trivia for you - before you join us on Saturday for the Messiah Singalong!  This is Neal's Music Hall on Fish...
04/10/2019

More music trivia for you - before you join us on Saturday for the Messiah Singalong!
This is Neal's Music Hall on Fishamble Street in Dublin. It held 600, BUT word was out that this would be the "finest Composition of Musick that ever was heard", so to make more room.......men were asked to leave their dress swords at home and women were asked to not wear their hoop skirts. This increased the seating to 700!
Public service announcement - please don't bring swords or wear hoops Saturday night. :) We're so looking forward to seeing you!

It's April and your thoughts are surely turning towards.....YES!  Handel's Messiah!!  Music trivia - it's the 277th anni...
04/05/2019

It's April and your thoughts are surely turning towards.....YES! Handel's Messiah!! Music trivia - it's the 277th anniversary of the first performance on Saturday, April 13. We celebrate this every spring by singing through this beloved work in an informal setting - singers, musicians and listeners are all welcome!! Bring your friends, bring your score if you have one (we'll provide some as well). Feel free to come and go if you don't have time to sing the whole thing. (Note: the Hallelujah chorus is NOT at the end!)
More music trivia - the first performance benefited an orphanage in Dublin; as a tribute to this part of the Messiah's history, donations are received on behalf of the Emergency Residence Project.

......pssssst.....the circus is coming to Ames!!!  Mark your calendar for February 22 and 23 for our annual cabaret show...
02/05/2019

......pssssst.....the circus is coming to Ames!!! Mark your calendar for February 22 and 23 for our annual cabaret show "Under the Big Top"! More info soon. (And I guess the elephants won't fit in the Octagon Center for the Arts elevators, sorry)

We hope to share the joy and peace of the season with you at Ames Choral Society's concert, Silent Night. December 9 at ...
11/26/2018

We hope to share the joy and peace of the season with you at Ames Choral Society's concert, Silent Night. December 9 at 3:00, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. Mark your calendars and join us!

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209 Colorado Aveunue
Ames, IA
50014

General information

The Ames Choral Society presents at least two formal concerts each year, plus a cabaret-style variety show and a "sing-along" Messiah. We participate in community events, such as Art in the Park and Artburst. During the 2000-2001 season we sponsored performances of Pirates of Penzance with ACTORS. The Ames Choral Society is a non-audition group which meets for rehearsal Monday evenings from late August to early May. New members are welcomed into the group at the beginning of the Fall and Spring seasons.

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Hi ACS! We just had our first virtual Zoom sing-a-long! We had Five Participants. I wasn't able to record it, but I think I'll do a recording of the songs we sang so you can sing along on your own if you like.
Come to this concert if you get a chance - a celebration of Silent Night.
The Senior Variety Show is this weekend, Friday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 20 in the City Auditorium. It is a Baby Boomer's delight with all the 60's music. Many Ames Choral Society members are performing or assisting in the show. Grants from the show's proceeds will benefit Story County Vietnam Vets and Heartland Senior Services Meals on Wheels. It's a win-win show: enjoy the performances and help the community. You will come away "feelin' groovy"!
Join Music Director Steve Hoifeldt and members of the Ames Choral Society for a community sing along. Get America Singing ... Again! Sunday, June 11 2-4 pm Auditorium, Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. Songbooks will be provided thanks to grants from Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau and Golden K Kiwanis. All ages are welcome.