We are the chorus for everyone!

A non-sectarian community chorus located at 28th St. and 9th Ave. in Manhattan

Repertoire and Commissions

Commissions | African-American Spirituals & Songs | Gospel |
Classical, Renaissance & Avant-Garde | Audience Sing-a-Long |
Folk & Traditional | Large Works| Jazz, Musical Theater & Ragtime |
Pop, Rock & Comedy | Hymns & Sacred Works

    Commissioned Works

    As a non-professional, non-audition music ensemble, the New York City Community Chorus has commissioned an extraordinary number of new pieces. Sixteen commissions in 20 years! We do this for several reasons: 1) we want to support the work of professional composers/arrangers; 2) we want our members to have the stimulating experience of creating new music; and 3) from time to time we need special music in support of our eclectic, theme-driven programs.

    David Brunetti, arranger: a leading accompanist and music director in the Broadway community, having directed cabaret and musical theatre for many celebrities

  • Varsity Drag, music, Ray Henderson; lyrics, B. G. DeSylva & Lew Brown
  • Philip Corner: composition professor emeritus at Rutgers University and a leading figure in New York's downtown avant-garde scene

  • Philip Corner: Counterpoints: Winter Holiday
  • Philip Corner: Organ Om
  • Philip Corner: Well, Come Well!
  • Thomas Garber, arranger of Antonin Dvořàk: Adoshem Roi (The Lord Is My Shepherd)
  • Thomas Garber, arranger: Blessing for the Kindling of the Chanukah Lights
  • Thomas Garber, arranger of Sholom Secunda's Chanukah
  • Thomas Garber: Fond Memories of Ivye: Three Chassidic Tunes
  • Daniel Goode: Again and again (noch amol un take noch amol)
  • Daniel Goode: Say Your Piece
  • John McDowell: Woods Suite
  • Marcel van Rootselaar: Song of Praise
  • Michael Wimberly: Kosayambey

    African-American Spirituals and Folksongs

  • Come and Go with Me to That Land, arr Pamela Warrick-Smith
  • Couldn't Hear Noboby Pray, arr. William Dawson
  • Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel
  • Do don't touch-a my garment
  • Dry Bones
  • Great Day
  • Swing low, sweet chariot
  • The Blind Man, arr. William Grant Still
  • This Joy that I have, Gullah song
  • This Old Hammer, arr. Walter Ehret


  • Lead me, guide me, Doris Akers
  • O Holy Night, Gospel version, arr. J. David Williams
  • Sweet, Sweet Spirit, by Doris Akers
  • Walk Him Up the Stairs, from Purlie, by Gary Geld

    Classical, Renaissance and Avant Garde

  • April is in my mistress' face
  • Ave Verum Corpus, W.A. Mozart
  • Come let us start a joyful song
  • Evening Prayer, from Hansel and Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck, arr. Thomas Garber
  • Gesú Bambino, Pietro Yon
  • Glory to God, from Messiah, by G.F. Handel
  • Gower Wassail, arr. Jerome Epstein
  • He Watching Over Israel, from Elijah, by Felix Mendelssohn
  • The Heavens are Telling, Ludwig Beethoven
  • L'Homme Armé, arr. Jerome Epstein
  • My Man's Gone and Leavin' for the Promis' Land, from Porgie & Bess, by George Gershwin
  • O Felix Anima
  • Nativity Carol, by John Rutter
  • Peace, be still, Philip Corner
  • Psallite, Michael Praetorius
  • Salvation is Created (Russian)
  • Song of the Hebrew Slaves, Giuseppe Verdi
  • Two Hallelujas, Philip Corner
  • Watchman, Tell Us of the Night, by Alan Hovhaness

    Audience Sing-A-Longs

  • A minuit fut fait un réveil, 16th century French noŰl
  • Ah ya Zeen, Arabic folk song
  • Ain't Misbehavin' by Thomas Waller, audience
  • Angels we have heard on high
  • Blowin' in the Wind, Bob Dylan
  • Blue Skies, Irving Berlin
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • The Christmas Song (Chestuts roasting...), Mel Tormé
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • The Gospel Train
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  • Hit the Road Jack
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Il est né, le divin enfant
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Joe Hill
  • Joseph est bien marié, 16th century French noël
  • Joy to the World
  • Les bourgeois de Châtre, 16th century French noël
  • Let all mortal flesh keep silence
  • Let the Sunshine in
  • Let there be peace on earth
  • Lift Every Voice and Sing
  • Look for the Silver Lining
  • Look to the rainbow
  • Of the Father's love begotten, plainchant
  • Maoz Tsur (Rock of Ages)
  • Moscow Nights, V. Solovyov-Sedoy
  • Nér li
  • O Channukah
  • O Come, O Come Emanuel
  • O Ihr Kleine Lichtelech
  • Over the Rainbow
  • Pack Up Your Troubles
  • Goodbye! from The Producers
  • Rise up Shepherd and Follow
  • Simu shemen
  • Solidarity Forever
  • Stille Nacht
  • This Land Is Your Land, Woody Guthrie
  • Union Maid
  • Vine and Fig Tree
  • We Shall Not Be Moved
  • We Shall Overcome
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland
  • You're the Top, Cole Porter

    Folk tunes and traditional songs

  • A la Media Noche (Puerto Rican aguinaldo)
  • A la ru (Spanish folksong)
  • Acht Kleine Bruder (Yiddish folksong)
  • African Noël, arr. André Thomas
  • Alegría (Puerto Rican aguinaldo)
  • Bebe Jesu, O Betelehem (Nigerian)
  • Cuando el Rey Nimrod (Ladino folksong, arr. Matthew Lazar)
  • Dansaron, Catalan (Provenšal)
  • De Tierra Lejana Venimos (Puerto Rican aguinaldo)
  • Down by the waters of Babylon (American round)
  • Drey Zikh, Dreydele (Yiddish)
  • Free and Equal Blues
  • Going Down the Valley (Mennonite)
  • Hard Times, Come Again No More (Stephen Foster)
  • Hava na shira, Hebrew
  • I am a Little Dreydl, Yiddish, arr. Zuckerman
  • Il est né, le divin Enfant!, traditional French, arr. Nicholas Burt
  • I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen, Irish
  • La Virgen Lava Pañales, Spanish
  • My Home the Beautiful Steppes, Mongolian national hymn
  • O Channukah, Yiddish
  • O men from the fields, Irish
  • Pastores a Belén, Puerto Rican aguinaldo
  • Quanno nascette Ninno, Italian
  • Si Me Dan Pasteles, Puerto Rican aguinaldo
  • Simple gifts, American, arr. Aaron Copland
  • Tum balalaika, Russian
  • The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
  • The Voices That Are Gone, Stephen Foster
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

    Large Works

  • Messe de Minuit pour Noël, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1700)
  • Glory To God, Alan Hovhaness

    Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ragtime

  • Aunt Dinah Has Blowed the Horn, Scott Joplin
  • Before the parade passes by, from Hello Dolly!, by Jerry Herman
  • The Begat from Finian's Rainbow, by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg
  • The Eagle and Me from Bloomer Girl, by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg
  • The Farmer's Daughter from Bloomer Girl, by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg
  • Fugue for tinhorns from Guys and Dolls, by Frank Loesser
  • Hooray for What? by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg
  • How Are Things in Glocca Morra from Finian's Rainbow, by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg
  • It Was Good Enough for Grandma from Bloomer Girl, by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg
  • Leave the Atom Alone from Jamaica by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg
  • Oklahoma! Medley by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber
  • Seasons of Love from Rent by Jonathan Larson
  • Send in the Clowns, from A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim
  • Sympathy Waltz from The Firefly by Rudolf Friml
  • That Great Come and Get It Day from Finian's Rainbow, by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg
  • There'll Be No New Tunes on this Old Piano: A Twenties Medley
  • There's no business like show business from Annie Get Your Gun, by Irving Berlin
  • Too Darn Hot from Kiss Me Kate! By Cole Porter
  • West Side Story medley, by Leonard Bernstein

    Pop and Rock and Comedy Songs

  • Autumn Leaves
  • Baby, what you goin' to be?, by Natalie Sleeth
  • By the Rivers of Babylon, B. Dowe and F. McHaughton
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • From a Distance
  • Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, by Irving Berlin
  • Good King Kong Looked Out, P.D.Q. Bach
  • Ho! Ho! Holidays
  • I Say a Little Prayer, by Burt Bacharach
  • In My Room, by Brian Wilson
  • O Little Town of Hackensack, P.D.Q. Bach
  • Play for me a simple melody, Irving Berlin
  • Respect, by Otis Reding
  • Samba Santa, Kirby Shaw
  • Sleigh Ride, arr. J. David Williams
  • White Christmas, Irving Berlin
  • Without a song

    Sacred Works and Hymn Arrangements

  • At the river, arr. Aaron Copland
  • Away in a Manger
  • By the Waters of Babylon, by Salamone Rossi
  • David's Lamentation, by William Billings
  • Kol Haneshamah Tehalel Yah, by Bonia Shur
  • Let all mortal flesh keep silence, French plainsong
  • Maoz Tsur, transcribed by Benedetto Marcello
  • Ozi VeZimrat Yah, Yemenite Psalm
  • Prière Silencieuse and Lekha dodi from Service Sacré, by Darius Milhaud
  • Stille Nacht
  • Thus Saith the High, the Lofty One, William Billings
  • Wondrous Love, from The Sacred Harp

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Founder and Director

Jack Eppler


J. David Williams

Gregory Sheppard solist