Song Conversations

Over time, this is where you will hear the original songs from CommonChord ensembles, supporters and friends

(For now, listen to some favorites and come back often!)

Songwriting workshop: july 2018

CommonChord Project and Central City Opera co-sponsored a Songwriting Workshop with Roger Ames in July 2018. Here's student, Ariella Nadav sharing her original songs at the start of the workshop.


Claudia Schmidt residency: October 2018

Our guest artist, Claudia Schmidt did a great residency at East High School Choir Department in Denver in October, 2018.  Here she is introducing her song Blessing to the Honors Choir followed by the jazz/blues standard Since I Fell For You by Buddy Johnson.


SPIRIT IN YOU: Ludlow, 1914

This performance premiered at the The Colorado Performing Arts Intensive in 2014, a successful collaboration between Colorado Springs Conservatory and Central City Opera. For the Intensive, students created a music-theater piece based on the Ludlow Massacre, one of the most influential and deadliest episodes in American labor history. The program was a precursor to the CommonChord Summer Intensive.


"A Mashup for Change" - The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus  

This music-video from our friends at the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus — a first-of-its kind ensemble of Jewish and Arab high school students from East and West Jerusalem — shows the high level of collaborative musicianship and empathy that can be created through music performance. (The group’s founding director, Micah Hendler, is on our Board of Advisors.) As this video demonstrates, there doesn’t have to be a complicated production process for performance art to transmit a powerful, inspiring message.