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Brookline Voices Raising in Song: Featuring Koleinu, Boston's Jewish Community Chorus

By Kristen Bosse

An approximately 90-member chorus of adults of all backgrounds and experience, Koleinu performs Jewish choral music for audiences throughout Greater Boston. Koleinu's primary mission is to provide its members, regardless of their previous musical experience or religious affiliation, an opportunity to learn, sing, and perform Jewish music in a meaningful way. Koleinu has been praised for its expression, repertoire, and for the high musical standards it maintains as a non-audition chorus.

Koleinu is perhaps best known for bringing the richness of music to audiences through concerts, festivals, and interfaith and multicultural programs. They have performed at prestigious events including the Boston Jewish Music Festival and the 15th Anniversary Commemoration of the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston. Not only that, but they have collaborated with some well-known groups in the area, such as the Zamir Chorale of Boston, the Boston Community Choir, and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. With the help of other choirs in the town of Brookline, they have been able to spread the joy of Jewish music.

Members of the chorus also enjoy sharing their love of Jewish music, sharing nothing but positive feedback about their experience with the choir.
"I am thrilled to have found Koleinu! I immediately experienced warmth, welcome, and graciousness from an extraordinary group of people. I've sung in many choruses, and it is my opinion that Carol's and Victor's talent and musicianship far surpass other conductors and accompanists I've experienced."

Another member of Koleinu, Jane Tenenbaum, shared her experience with the chorus.
"I never had sung in a chorus before joining. Since I've joined Koleinu, I've learned much more and developed my voice well beyond my expectations. Making music in a group is enriching and creates a strong sense of community. If I were to change anything, I'd make us a year-round chorus (we take a break in the summer)."

In a community that is already so enriched with the Jewish culture, the chorus simply provides another outlet for the residents of Brookline (and of Greater Boston). There is something about singing a piece of a certain time period or a certain faith that gives the singer a deeper understanding of that particular topic. They can feel the emotions through its crescendos and decrescendos, and therefore experience the true meaning of the song.

Those interested in the chorus should contact the Artistic Director, Carol Marton at info@koleinu.org. A world of authentic Jewish music awaits you!

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