Embracing our Nordic heritage through song

Embracing our Nordic heritage through song

About Us

The Bellingham Damekor is an interest group of Nellie Gerdrum Lodge #41, Daughters of Norway, and began shortly after the lodge was established in 1999. However, you do not need to be a member of Daughters of Norway to sing with us.

As a member of Damekor you can experience the joy of singing, the fun of learning songs in various Nordic languages and being part of a unique and talented chorus while making great friendships in the process. Currently we have members of all ages from the Bellingham/Whatcom county area - we welcome new members anytime throughout the year and are always looking for new audiences.  Come join us!

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The Bellingham Damekor is a group of women who enjoy singing together to celebrate our Nordic heritage. We welcome all women who have a desire to be a part of a choral group that explores Nordic languages and choral music, with or without Scandinavian heritage.

Damekor means “Ladies Chorus” in Norwegian. We rehearse and sing primarily in Norwegian, as well as Swedish, Danish and Icelandic, and hope to do some Finnish songs in the future. We also sing some traditional American numbers in English.

“It’s interesting to hear this fresh Scandinavian outlook in singing the different styles of music expressed from the background of the Scandinavian culture,” remarks Steve Jensen, our director.

There is no formal audition process or requirement to speak a Scandinavian language. We have people who will help with pronunciation, along with phonetic assistance sheets on less familiar songs.

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Music Director:      Steve Jensen

Accompanists:         Sharon Egertson and Billie Jensen

Steve Jensen, our director, is the director for several choruses in the Pacific Northwest, including the Pacific NW Mannskor (Men’s chorus).  We are accompanied by Sharon Egertson or Billie Jensen  (Billie also sings with us as a skilled soprano). Steve accompanies our chorus at times on the guitar, and we sing a few songs a cappella.


Rehearsals

Tuesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 PM at:

St John’s Lutheran Church
2530 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225

Our singing year normally runs from September to June, and dues are $10 per month to cover costs of music, choral direction, and other needs.

Contact Us

Steve Jensen, Music Director:  stmjensen@earthlink.net

Sylvia Hampson:  SylviaHampson1@Outlook.com

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Performances

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We typically perform two major concerts each year, one at Christmas time and one in the spring; concerts are typically held at St John’s Lutheran Church where we rehearse. We sing in joint performances with the Pacific NW Mannskor Norwegian Men’s chorus and we also sing at various other community events during the year such as fairs, meetings, celebrations and senior living facilities. Our GALLERY includes PHOTOS of past performances and ARCHIVES of past adventures. Check out EVENTS to see where we have been as well as our future singing events.


Come sing with us or attend one of our concerts!