Beacon Rising Choir

The Beacon Rising Choir was founded in 2017 as one of the many resistance choirs that grew out of the Women’s March. BRC has since become a Hudson Valley institution, performing at venues like The Towne Crier, Newburgh Brewery, and The Yard, along with many local festivals, fundraisers and events (both with and without a full band). Their spirited performances and intoxicating harmonies have earned them opportunities to perform with other choirs and musicians, including Key of Q, MaMuse, Bloom Choir, and Jeremy Schonfeld. Open to adult female and non-binary identifying members, the choir performs a variety of styles and genres with an eye toward interesting, powerful, and artistic literature. The repertoire comes primarily from female, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC composers and arrangers who speak to the choirs’ ethos of social and environmental justice, compassionate community, and radical self-love and healing. Prior to Compass Arts becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit, BRC used their annual concert as an opportunity to fundraise for local grassroots non-profits including Fearless! (fka Safe Homes), For the Many (fka Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson), Newburgh LGBTQIA+ Center, Beacon Prison Rides, and Beacon Community Kitchen. Now that Compass Arts is a non-profit, the concerts help to support the mission of Compass Arts Creativity Project to bring the power of the arts to the Beacon community and beyond. The choir accepts new members seasonally as spaces become available. Visit our classes page to check for openings or join the waitlist. Experience is not necessary. All interested folks are required to attend a voice placement interview prior to joining. If you are interested in having Beacon Rising Choir perform at your event or on your project, please reach out and someone will contact you. Interested in collaborating with the choir? Email us at


We Shall Be Known
Karisha Longaker
Arr. MaMuse + Thrive Choir

Crowded Table
Natalie Hemby, Lori McKenna and Brandi Carlile
Arr. G. Samardge

Oh, Winter
Moira Smiley
Add. verse arr. Nathan Heldman

Karisha Longaker and Sarah Nutting

Secret for the Mad
Dorothy “Dodie” Clark, Arr. George Chung

Bring Me Little Water, Silvy
Huddie W. Ledbetter
Arr. Moira Smiley

Zapata Se Queda
Lila Downs and Paul Cohen
Arr. Luna Sujatovich, Sol Belous, Lucia P. Lanzillotto, G. Samardge

In This Heart
Sinead O’Connor
Arr. C. Wheeler and G. Samardge

Hope Lingers On
Lissa Schneckenburger
Arr. Andrea Ramsey

Turn the World Around
Harry Belafonte and Robert Freedman
Arr. G. Samardge

People Have the Power
Patti Smith and Fred Smith
Arr. Daveed Goldman, Nobu Adilman, G. Samardge

Laura Mvula and Steve Brown
Arr. Andrea Ramsey