Social Band is a lively group of over twenty singers based in Burlington, Vermont, known for its strong voices and joyful, high-quality performances. Featuring a powerful, full sound, Social Band brings warmth and vitality to its broad repertoire. Social Band was founded in 1998 to explore the diverse repertoires of both traditional and “art” music. Directed by Amity Baker, our presentation strikes a balance between raw exuberance and a polished sound.
What We Sing
Our repertoire is based on the notion that “folk” and “classical” music are parts of a continuum, each with its own distinct flavor. Our concerts feature music from a wide range of genres:
* American shape-note and Appalachian music
* British Isle counterparts
* Balkan and Georgian music
* European medieval and renaissance music
* music composed by Social Band members
The common threads? Much of this music is modal, most of it is polyphonic, and the harmonies are rich and engaging. We seek out music that is often overlooked by more conventional choruses. Most importantly, our music stirs the soul, is fun to sing, and our audiences love it!