As a singing teacher and choir director, I noticed that many of my students were lost looking for a choir that suited them. Of course, they’re welcome to join my own choir The Merry Poppins. But I also decided to make an overview of all choirs, vocal ensembles and singing groups in Utrecht, both amateur and professional, by genre and/or language. It’s a staggering number, what music fun!
Linor Oren – voice teacher and conductor of The Merry Poppins, organizer of music-themed team events
Musical Theater choirs in Utrecht
Are you a musical theatre fan? Me too, it's the best.
So far, I have not found many of choirs singing musicals, if you know of one - let me know in the comments! In the meantime - I started one 🙂 The Merry Poppins.
Of course I mention my own women's musical choir The Merry Poppins here: we sing new arrangements of songs from musical classics like Hair, Grease and Sister Act. But also from modern classics such as Matilda and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Plus the occasional Queen song... And a spontaneous karaoke event is never far. You don't have to be an experienced singer to join, as long as you're dedicated.
If you love contemporary comercial music (you know, the stuff you hear on the radio and see on MTV and The Voice - here are a few opions
An amateur, mixed choir with their own band!
The Prestige Pop choir has many branches around the Netherlands. This one is in Vleutenwiede, singing the best pop hits. They also offer 2 free tryouts to see if you like it
An amateur, mixed choir of ladies and gentlemen
They sing mainly Dutch pop songs, but go for a varied repertoire and include some cool hits.
No score reading necessary, but they do learn their lyrics well!
An amateur, women's choir singing Pop and Rock music
This lady group rehearses in Leidsche Rijn and both performs in real life and recording videos online. Check out their blog to see their diverse activities
An amateur, mixed choir, singing Dutch pop and folk songs
This group sings mainly in Dutch and very resourcefully singing in every festival out there, going abroad, AND rocking a flashmob.
An amateur, mixed improvised choir
You go to a bar, get a music/lyric sheet, learn your part, then they put it together and boom! You have a song! They Usually come together at Cafe De Postillon, Utrecht
Amateur, mixed choirs
This is actually a whole music school! They have:
1) a pop-choir
2) a special choir (from Feb 2023!) for international singers.
3) a smaller vocal group.
Working with different music teachers, they are keeping busy and that looks like a ton of fun.
A semi-professional women's vocal group
Beautiful and high level voice blending over here. They are looking for good singers, so go for it! They get booked for events and perform a lot.
Accompanied by guitars
Songs & Strings is a music group with singers, singers and guitarists. We sing in 3 or 4 voice groups, accompanied by guitars. We sing and play polyphonic pop songs in our own style.
Looks like Utrecht is the homeland of classical music, just by looking at the amount and quality of classical choirs. Good luck choosing, there are so many good ones!
A semi-professional, mixed choir
This choir made it to the news! They work on performances and new projects all the time, and they sound pretty good, I will say
A professional, men's choir
They sing mostly early music, medieval pieces. They are performing regularly, and going for peculiar, unique projects you don't usually see. Give them a try if you're a guy with a good voice
Professional communal choir, mixed with women and men
Definitely one of the best choirs in the country. They perform regularly and looks like their musical enthusiasm is at a new level. And so many of them!
Multiple professional choirs, children and youth
This made me want to send my kids to solfege classes. These are children choir, boy choir, young women choir and mixed youth choir, all singing at a very high level. Worth to try out, or at least go to one of their concerts
An amateur, mixed choir, singing a capella classical music
Their repertoire varies from early music to contemporary classical music. They already have some performances lined up for 2022
Mixed choir, opera
Klein Operakoor have existed since 1999 and have performed many special features performances. Including the 'City Opera' Trijn: five almost sold-out performances in the main hall of Tivoli/Vredenburg.
A professional, mixed choir singing mainly early music
Sight singing and independent score studying is required if you want to audition. If you can - do it, they perform regularly, record, and they sound amazing
A professional, paid choir. Mixed of men and women
This choir is a job, apply if you are a professional singer or singing at a high level, have experience in ensemble singing and able to sight sing.
An semi-professional, mixed choir of men and women
Rehearsing in Lombok, Estrivo sings mainly a-capella, classical pieces of all eras. they plan for at least 2 shows a year, with a new repertoire every time.
A semi-professional, mixed choir of young women and men
One of the largest and most well known groups in the country. They rehearse and perform regularly, have a practice camp and a tour every year. You will have the privilege of singing in a classical choir without auditioning, that's right, just go and sing with them!
An amateur, Mixed of men and women
This group of educated amateur singers is performing every single month in the church, and sometimes perform on radio and TV. And check out those robes..
A professional, mixed choir and children choir
This choir performs both in real life and online. They have a children choir school for kids ages 8-12.
Being a member includes not only rehearsing and performing, but also a study week and a sailing week every year, plus a tour.
An amateur, women's choir
Singing mostly classical music, but not only the expected, standard repertoire, they go into modern music as well. They sing in 3 voices and always welcome new members
Diverse style choirs
We got some choirs here that sing a bit of everything, that's always nice to mix things up, so take a look at these
An amateur, mixed choir of men and women, international repertoire
These guys and gals have a varied repertoire, from serious to songs with a twist. A quote: Whether we sing classical or world music, we strive for beautiful choral sound, dynamics, expression and purity.
As of Feb 2023 they are looking for basses and high sopranos!
An amateur, mixed choir of women and men
Amateur or not, they sing from sheet music and you need to learn your music and lyrics properly. They sing in close harmony, songs from light music to jazz and classical music
Their repertoire is very diverse. Mainly world music but also sometimes Renaissance music. Malaika traditionally performs a number of times around Christmas and before the summer break. We also regularly provide special workshops.
World Women's Choir Bianca C. sings about Love in all its manifestations: from maternal love, love for blushing apple cheeks, dreamed love, past love, love for the Sea, love for turtles (in spicy sauce, mmmm!) via love for your birthplace to the intense love from an ugly who knows how to love..
A professional, mixed choir singing close harmony
They perform a lot, record and sometimes win competitions...You need to be not only enthusiastic, but sing well and be willing to invest time (up to twice a week towards projects) in the choir. Looks like you'll be achieving quite a bit with them for that investment.
An amateur, women's choir
Ladies in 20's and 30's get together and sing all kinds of music styles: Chrismas songs, pop, world music etc. They go on to make super cool youtube videos, check those out.
A semi-professional, mixed choir singing close harmony
They sing any style, a-capella, and quite at a high level. The also create music together and improvise. They also perform all the time and film video clips
An amateur women's choir, connecting with the LGBTQ+ community
Super cute and happy ladies, singing world music, classical, modern, upbeat, balads. All in beautiful arrangements of at least 3 voices. They perform a few times a year.
Dutch theater and cabaret choir
'Where Het Asfalt Stops' sings contemporary Dutch music. Many cabaret songs, with some pop here and there, always in multiple moods, sometimes a cappella, often with accompaniment. As a theater choir, they pay a lot of attention to the presentation and theatrical setting of the songs
Nothing like Gospel music to lift the spirit, here are the choirs in Utrecht who sing in this style
An amateur, mixed choir singing Gospel
Located in the suburb of Vleuten-De Meern, this group has been enthusiastic about togetherness and music making, spreading, in their words, god's love. They perform regularly in church and go on tours in and outside the country
An amateur, mixed choir singing black, American gospel
This choir from Nieuwegein has a band and sings authentic gospel music. They team up with choirs in the US and perform in churches, festivals and in the theater
Other style choirs
Maybe one of those groups will hit the nail on the head with the style you are interested in, so have a look
An amateur, mixed choir singing close harmony
Want to sing in 4, 5 or 6 voices? They work towards shows of Jazz, soul, swing, and don't hesitate to change the language or add some dance steps in
A professional, men's choir
Performing slavic music from the Byzantine era. A very unique ensemble known for its niche musical expertise. Young men are mostly encouraged to tryout, though older men are welcome, too
DieJazzPast is a close-harmony jazz choir. They sing four to five voices (SMATB) in different music styles such as jazz, latin and bossa. Well-known old songs are put into a new “Jazz” by conductor Martin Rudolph. They perform a unique mix of well-known and new songs: with their own character, often with a wink, and always with swing anyway.
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