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Out of concern for the health and welfare of our chorus members and in compliance with Governor Raimondo's directive to limit public gatherings in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Newport Navy Choristers have CANCELLED their regularly scheduled rehearsal this Tuesday, 17 March.  Please check our website and Facebook page for updates going forward.  Questions should be directed to info@newportnavychoristers.org or (401) 849-1135. Thank you, and stay safe!

Out of an abundance of caution, the Newport Navy Choristers are postponing "Music for a Sunday Afternoon", which was scheduled for this Sunday, March 15th at St. Barnabas Church, to a date to be determined later in the spring. Please visit the Choristers' Facebook page and/or our website for updates. Questions should be directed to info@newportnavychoristers.org or (401) 849-1135.

Latest News (11 February, 2020):
The Newport Navy Choristers will be accepting new singers at our March 17th and 24th rehearsals. The rehearsals from mid-March through the end of our current concert season will culminate in our Spring concert on May 15th. If you are eligible for membership, do join us! Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:30 PM in room 100 of Perry Hall, NAVSTANPT. See below for membership criteria.
The Performances page has been updated with information about our performances for March - May.
For further information on the Choristers, contact Pat McGue or Lori McDowell (see the Contact Info page).

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Navy Hymn
The Choristers performing the Navy Hymn.  Click on the link to play the MP3 file.

The Choristers join the adult choir of the Church of Saint John the Evangelist and the Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport County for the 2017 Candlelight Concert of Remembrance on November 5th.  Click on the thumbnail for a full size version.

Pictures from two of our Christmas 2016 performances.  Left: men of the Choristers singing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" at the Breakers 3 December; Right: at the First Baptist Church in Fall River.  Click on the thumbnail for a full size version.

A sketch of the Nautical Notes done while performing at Blenheim-Newport.  The sketch was done by Wanda Kokurewicz, one of Blenheim's residents and an avid singer heself. Click on the thumbnail for a full size picture.

Service representatives for the "Armed Forces Salute" at our 2010 Proudly We Sing concert from left to right:
Major Kevin McPherson USA
Sergeant Veasna Sam USMC
Captain David Foley USN
Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Barrett USAF
Seaman Apprentice Matthew Gallagher USCG

A perennial crowd pleaser - the Sea Chanteys doing their thing.
Trish and Jerry Culver with an apropos rendition of "Hole in the Bucket."

The Newport Navy Choristers is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise money for charitable organizations and to provide both chorus members and audiences with enjoyable choral experiences.  Membership is open to active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel (both officer and enlisted) of ALL the armed services and their dependents age 16 or over, as well as Department of Defense civilian employees and their dependents.

The Choristers trace their lineage to a sing-a-long at the home of Francis Lull (later the first Director) in 1953.  First known as the Navy Wives Chorale, they became the Navy Wives Chorus in 1956.  Composed initially of wives of students and staff at the Naval War College, the chorus sang at Navy social functions and performed concerts at various locations in Newport.  In succeeding years, as the size and reputation of the chorus grew, husbands added their voices to those of their wives and the chorus began accepting members from other Naval Station Newport commands.  In 1959 the group became known as the Navy Choristers, and in 1963, the Newport Navy Choristers, in order to emphasize our ties to the local community.

Although music is a universal language, its "dialects" vary with the individual.  Recognizing this, the Choristers strive for versatility in their choral selections.  Our repertoire features music written for the full chorus, male voices, female voices, small groups, and soloists.  Depending on the season and the theme of the concert, a typical program might include a medley of popular and patriotic tunes, folk music and spirituals, and classical selections.  Two subgroups of the Choristers, the Nautical Notes and the Sea Chanteys, perform at Chorister concerts and for occasions or in venues which are not suitable for the full chorus.

Rehearsals are held in the NAVSTA's Perry Hall on Tuesday evenings from September to May.  The Choristers currently perform four major concerts each year: "Christmas in Song" in Fall River and on Aquidneck Island in December, "Music for a Sunday Afternoon" on Aquidneck Island in March, and "Proudly We Sing" in May.  Since the Newport Navy Choristers is a non-profit organization, these concerts are always sponsored by a service or civic group looking to raise money to support its programs.  Since 1961, the Choristers have raised over $400,000 for such organizations in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.  A few of our recent sponsors have been: The Fort Adams Trust, The Museum of Irish History, Stopover Services of Newport County, the Middletown Senior Center, Edward King House, Shepherd’s Center of Fall River, Newport Historical Society, and Looking Upwards.

In recognition of the work they do supporting Navy and Marine Corps personnel, a portion of the proceeds from the "Music for a Sunday Afternoon" performance have been donated to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society since 1972.  The Choristers have also participated in many local Navy observances and memorials throughout the years.  A few of these are: "Navy Night at the Pops" at Symphony Hall, Boston and events celebrating the 200th Birthday of the U.S. Navy (both in 1975), commissioning of USS Normandy (1989) and USS Chafee (2003), a tribute to the Armed Forces/Desert Storm (1991), numerous Naval War College graduation ceremonies, the 9/11/01 Memorial dedication at the Naval War College (2002) and the annual NWC 9/11 Memorial observances since then.

Last updated August 4, 2019.