Rise Up Chorus came about after a lot of soul-searching and thinking about the importance of music in our own lives.  Why is music important? What is its purpose?


Rise Up Chorus was created to fill a void.

It was developed to serve a purpose.

It was constructed with love to serve others.

Music is more than just something that we "do."  Music is a deep part of who we are.  Music is personal, yet it is communal.  It brings people together in a way that nothing else on earth can do.  Yet, so many musical experiences fall short of building community.  So often it's not done in a way where there is a place for everyone and all are welcome.  The name "Rise Up Chorus" came from the idea of a phoenix "rising from the ashes."  We reimagined the traditional community chorus or children's chorus and have developed a musical experience with a focus on our musical community.


The purpose of Rise Up Chorus is to enrich lives through musical experiences. We are an inclusive community that nurtures meaningful connections and human interaction.


Inspiring good. Changing lives. Making music.


RUC provides mentorship programs that foster community among its members and encourages music-making of the highest level, understanding that music exists in all areas of our lives.  Through participation in the Rise Up Chorus, participants will:

  • Understand that we all have value

  • Understand that WE ARE the music, not just makers of music

  • Music isn’t limited to rehearsal and performance.  Music envelops our lives and becomes who we are.

  • We use music to do good in the world

  • We use music for healing

  • We use music to serve others

  • We are a place for everyone

  • We break down barriers and do the right thing every time.

  • It’s okay to make mistakes… as long as we learn from them

  • We teach life skills through music:

    • Collaboration

    • Apprenticeship

    • Mentorship

    • Partnership

    • Friendship

    • Family

  • We celebrate unity through our diversity


Rise Up Chorus rehearses Friday evenings from September - June with two ensembles: a Youth Chorus (for students in grades 3-8) and an Adult Choir (for adults aged 18+ and high school students in grades 9-12). The thing that makes Rise Up Chorus so unique, besides the top-notch musical, ensemble experience is our social programming.  We run two programs: the Peer2Peer Program and the Enrichment Program.

• The Peer2Peer Program will help build a community through the rehearsal process.  It will include a mentorship/apprenticeship program, pairing more experienced with less experienced singers.  It could also pair people with a high level of social awareness with those who may need social guidance.  The pairings are endless.

• The Enrichment Program gives our youth the opportunity to try new things, musical and nonmusical.

The goal of the Enrichment Program is multifold.  Through the program, we will a) build community through partnerships with local businesses, b) enrich the lives of the youth with new skills, talents, or discoveries, and c) give children of the adults in our adult choir a place to go during rehearsals.  The Enrichment Program would be open to children either in our Youth Choir or the children of our Adult Choir members.  The goal is to get the whole family singing!

Here's the other thing that makes Rise Up Chorus so special, and this part excites us almost more than any other part.  This chorus is TUITION-FREE.  We feel that this experience is way too important to make it only for those with "financial means."  We are an Organization for EVERYONE.  If able, we ask our families to make a donation in any amount they can to Rise Up Chorus.  If they can pay the full cost to put themselves or their children through the program (or more), that's wonderful!  If a family can only pay a small portion (or nothing at all), that's totally fine, too.  Since we are a recognized 501(c)3 organization, all donations to Rise Up Chorus Inc. are tax deductible.

Joy of singing
Joy of singing
Singing and movement
Singing and movement
I love this!
I love this!