Welcome to the Website for the Ubuntu Choir of the Great Smoky Mountains.



We are members of the world wide Ubuntu Community Choir Network headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia.

A list of the member choirs can be found at Ubuntuchoirs.net

So, What's So Good About Singing?

Contact Tom to bring a Song Gathering to your Community or Congretion.


Here, in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, we Ubuntu singers gather to sing uplifting songs from around the world, in several languages, in harmony.
We are not a performance group although we occasionally sing in public. We sing to be a part of something that is greater than the sum of its parts. This is the meaning of the word, UBUNTU.


The beginnings of Ubuntu. Chris Sobeck, Kathleen Midget, Tom Tyre, and guest, Chip Reif help work out the details.

We sing because it makes us feel joyous and connected to each other in a positive way. Many voices singing in harmony create a unique and magical sound that touches something deep within us.


Tom leading choir in Rotunda of Raybun Gap Nacoochee School

Here is the choir singing, "Ateh Malkuth" written by Nickomo. Play Sound

Here is the choir singing, "Alleluia", an old Russian chant. Play Sound

See and hear, "Blackbird" on YouTube (Arranged by Tom Tyre). "Blackbird"

See and hear, "May It Be" on YouTube "May It Be"


Some of our singers taking a break from a recording session at the Rotunda of the Reardon Performing Arts Center at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap, Georgia.

There are two local groups in the Smoky Mountains of NC :

The Franklin group meets on Wednesdays, the Dillsboro group meets on Tuesdays.

We sing in 10 week terms with breaks between.

Occasionally both groups meet to sing together for special events and pot lucks. All are welcome. No experience in singing is required.

Email: ttyre@aol.com

telephone: Tom Tyre, director, 828-421-0520 (updated Oct.2016)

Ubuntu is open to anyone who loves to sing and would like to sing in harmony. The repertoire includes music from all around the world and from our own local traditions. There is no audition to join Ubuntu and no need for experience just a desire to sing.

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