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Commodores Shine for the Holidays !!!

There is a JOY in watching and hearing SINGERS that perform for the LOVE of Singing and just working with others...Good Orchestras do the same thing to me....I'm not talking about "Pros" that perform for money....that's totally another Standard...I'm thinking about how much can be accomplished with strong leadership and community cooperation....Everyone on the Stage becomes a "Star" and each person melts into one Big Wonderful Thing.

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Youth in Harmony Festival

The Twin Cities A Cappella Festival is sponsored by local chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adelines International.

During this action-packed day, singers from around the Twin Cities Area will come together under the guidance of top-level teaching quartets, clinicians, and staff who will introduce the student (and even educators) to A Cappella harmony unlike no other. During the festival day, the students will be formed into a male and female chorus to work with our expert clinicans on musicality, vocal production, harmony, showmanship (choreography) and most of all what barbershop harmony is all about.

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Youthlink Program

Each year, the Minneapolis Commodores gives a percentage of our Annual Show profits to a charitable organization. This year’s recipient is Youthlink.

YouthLink works with homeless youth, ages 16-23. We are located in downtown Minneapolis, and serve youth across the Twin Cities.

At YouthLink, we have over 40 years of experience connecting young people with a community of resources and support. Whether it’s basic needs, like a hot shower or a warm meal, assistance with employment or educational goals, accessing mental and physical health resources, or finding supportive housing, we can help young people at all stages of their journey.

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Community Outreach

Giving Back-Supporting Our Local Community


The Minneapolis Commodores has a long history of giving back to the local community. We give back by sharing profits from our annual show, by singing at food or blood drives and senior care centers and by individual member contributions. In 2015,288 pounds of food and about $1200 were collected for their local food shelf at our performance at Faith Presbyterian Church in Minnetonka. Our 2016 goal is to increase the number of performances where food donations are collected.