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Singing for the Joy of It!

About the Atlatnic Shores Chorus, About the Coastal Singers

Their talents light up a room, but it’s not just audiences that are inspired as they experience a performance by our vocal groups, it’s the chorus members themselves!

The only retirement community in the region with both a four-part chorus and special ensemble group, Atlantic Shores proactively supports music education and performance for the personal expression of our musically talented residents, to enrich the lives of our independent living, assisted living and memory care residents, and to give back to the greater community.

The long tradition of resident musical groups began almost 23 years ago when Atlantic Shores first opened, starting with the Community Singing group, accompanied only by a harmonica, followed by the Forget-Me-Notes, an a cappella group.

Today’s Atlantic Shores Chorus has 40 members ranging from those who sang in college and community choruses, to an 89-year-old Methodist minister who had never learned to read music.

The performance season runs from September through May, always ending with a popular Memorial Day concert. Performances for 250 guests are held in our beautiful Chesapeake Room. Special sing-along shows are created for Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. Patriotic songs are featured in a special Veteran’s Day celebration. In the off-season, July and August, the chorus perform sing-along’s for our community, including a special preview of songs they will be performing in the fall.

Throughout the year, several themed shows add to the fun, including the upcoming “Cruise Around The Word,” performance, and “The Weather Channel” performance, starring resident Bob Burchett as a weatherman announcing weather-themed songs like “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head.”

Performances frequently integrate actors or dancers for an additional element of fun, including fellow resident groups like our Friday morning dance group.

A smaller show choir of 12 members, the Coastal Singers, provide a very special welcome to new Atlantic Shores residents by performing at New Member’s Tea events, entertain local church and civic groups at luncheons and meetings held at Atlantic Shores, and donate their time to perform for organizations in the area.

One of the most popular and rewarding ways this group uses its musical talents is by performing each month for residents at our Harbourway assisted living facility. The interactive sing-along concerts are one of the most eagerly anticipated social events, and also serve as informal music therapy for these special residents.

Planning on moving to Atlantic Shores in Viriginia Beach? Love to sing? Join in on the fun!