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New York City Bar Chorus

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NYC Bar Chorus welcomes Chicago and Spanish bar choruses

The New York City Bar Chorus was delighted to host both the Chicago Bar Association Chorus and the Vizcaya Bar Chorus (from Bilbao, Spain) in New York in 2014.

Conductors Rebecca Patterson (of Chicago) and Kathryn Schneider (of New York) leading the final bows at our March 2014 joint concert at the House of the Association with the Chicago Bar Association Chorus.


Conductors Kathryn Schneider (New York) and Karmele Barrena Santamaría (Vizcaya), seated on left and right, with singers from the NYC and Vizcaya Bar Choruses after their June 2014 meeting and jam session.



The 85-voice New York City Bar Chorus (the "CBC"), the city's only "all-legal" chorus, recently celebrated 20 years of serving our community by bringing uplifting, high-energy musical performances to outreach venues across the city.

Since 1993, the award-winning CBC has staged more than 200 concerts at senior residences, homeless shelters, AIDS and cancer patient residences, and pediatric and rehab facilities. Honored by NY1 News as "New Yorkers of the Week," the CBC's leaders and members are all legal professionals – attorneys, paralegals, legal administrators, law students – who volunteer their time and talents to the CBC. Click here for information about our musical director, Kathryn Schneider, and our accompanist, Matthew Grieco.

The CBC's primary mission is to reach out to the community through music. Examples of some of the venues where we have performed include Rivington House (via Lifebeat's Hearts & Voices program); the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge; Gilda's Club; the Jewish Home and Hospital; the Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home; the Esplanade, Brown Gardens and Williams senior residences; the Salvation Army Manhattan Adult Rehabilitation Center; and the Visions at Selis Manor program for the visually impaired.

We also sing for luminaries of the bench and bar, including former New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith Kaye and our founder, former New York City Bar President John Feerick, and have appeared on local and national television. We have had the pleasure of performing with our Scottish counterparts, the Faculty of Advocates Choir of Edinburgh, and are making connections with other legal choruses around the world.

Listeners are won over by the CBC's powerhouse, professional-quality sound and exciting, energetic repertoire. Our repertoire ranges from Queen to Dolly Parton, Gershwin to gospel, and West Side Story to Pippin and WickedClick here for a selective list of our recent repertoire. A typical CBC show not only has us singing for the audience, but also gets the audience singing with us — through our member-led "sing-alongs," which we customize for each audience we entertain.

The CBC's 20 years of "musical pro bono" service have showcased the kinder faces (and more harmonious voices) of legal professionals.  As a goodwill ambassador of the New York City Bar, the CBC has enhanced the civic reputation of the Association inside and outside the legal community.  Our group has received several commendations and awards, including an Excellence in Public Service Award from The Hundred Year Association of New York, a longstanding organization that honors those businesses and groups that it feels have enriched the life of the city. You can also view the City Bar Chorus photo gallery, or read articles about Chorus history.

If you are interested in joining the Chorus, please click here for audition information.  For other information about the New York City Bar Chorus, please email us at

The CBC would like to thank Bryan Cave LLP for generously providing our rehearsal space. The CBC also thanks the ACE Charitable Foundation for support under its "Gift of Time" program.