Join FireChoir!

Begins 7 February 2019

2019 spring repertoire demo


Check out FireChoir's new repertoire for their Spring Concert Season! 

Register online to be part of this fabulous choir... Rehearsals begin 7 Feb.

(these demo tracks are not performed by FireChoir)



The Amsterdam Gospel FireChoir is a black-gospel community choir of over 100 members coming together from various cities, nations, cultures and walks of life. Since 2008, audiences have been captivated by FireChoir's impressive sound and exhilarating performances. Their continued pursuit of excellence has paved the way to performing in venues such as the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam Westerkerk and Zaantheater, as well as performing with renowned artists from the Netherlands and Hollywood. Interested in joining FireChoir or booking the 'hottest choir in the universe'? Contact us.


can join FireChoir?
Anyone can join regardless of beliefs, ethnicity or musical experience.
Ages 15 and up (younger ages considered on an individual basis).
No previous choir experience or ability to read music necessary.
We audition only for voice placement and to confirm each new member can sing on pitch.
Guests are welcome to visit a rehearsal before committing to join.


do rehearsals start?
Rehearsals start
7 Feb, 2019
Coffee & registration:
19:30-21:30 every Thursday for 14 weeks
We have two rehearsal seasons per year: Spring and Fall
At the end of each season, FireChoir performs a short series of concerts on stages in the Netherlands and sometimes abroad.


does FireChoir meet?
FireChoir meets in the Keerpunt building, located in the Buitenveldert area of Amsterdam.
It is within walking distance from the metro, bus and train; plus there is plenty of free parking available.

A.J. Ernststraat 302
​1082 LT Amsterdam


much does it cost?

Online discount price: €50
(pre-registration online
by 7 Feb.)

Walk-in price: €60
(without pre-registration)

Due by 3rd rehearsal. You can pre-register and try a rehearsal first before payment is required. We accept payment in cash at rehearsal, or by Bank Transfer to Stichting Allegro Arts Network NL80ABNA0503107565

Giving you our very best!


The Directors

FireChoir is professionally managed by Doug & Jackee Raught, American directors with over 30 years experience.



when we sing, that's part of our charm. We keep it easy and show you how.



performs several concerts on stage at the end of every season.



Making friends is one of the best perks of FireChoir. We are like one BIG family.

Open Choir


is welcome to join FireChoir regardless of beliefs, ethnicity or musical experience.


We make

learning our music easy! Everyone receives all the tools needed to be successful.


Free parking

(and plenty of it) is available where we rehearse.


14 Weeks

Join for one season at a time. Many come back season after season!


Get €10 off

the member's fee when you register online before first rehearsal.

(Normal price: €60)



black gospel is our 'thing', but we also mix it up with spirituals, a cappella and southern gospel too.


Social Activities

End of season party, workshops and other activities as time and schedules permit.


As opportunity

arises, the choir travels by bus to more distant concerts, and sometimes to other countries.


We will teach

you to sing with proper vocal technique and instruct in stage presence.


Public transport

is convenient and close by—just a few minutes' walk to the bus, metro or train.



If you are sick, have to work, or have an emergency, don't worry; just let us know and we'll work with you.



The director pushes the choir to continually learn and improve. Each season, the work yields great rewards.


Sings at the Zaan

FireChoir Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

On 8 June, FireChoir celebrated its 10 year anniversary with their "Oh Happy Day" concert at the Zaantheater. FireChoir is professionally managed by Doug & Jackee Raught, American directors from New York. The Raughts moved to the Netherlands and started this American-style black gospel choir in 2008 with 35 people. Today FireChoir enjoys the distinction of being one of Netherlands largest full-time black gospel choirs.

FireChoir performs on stage at Ziggo Dome with

Barbra Streisand

By Doug Raught, FireChoir Director
How on earth
did FireChoir get to sing with Barbra Streisand? That's the question everyone asks.

It's not every day you get an email from Hollywood, and when we did we thought it was a scam; it said we were chosen to sing on stage with "their Super-Star client" and to contact them as soon as possible.  I dismissed it as a hoax, but after 2 days curiosity got the better of me and I called.  Incredibly, it was real! The reason FireChoir was chosen was because they saw our website and liked that we were a large, multi-national choir with the sound Barbra was looking for.

This background photo shows 70 FireChoir members (the maximum they allowed us) on stage with Ms. Streisand. We performed in two concerts to 34,000 enthusiastic Streisand fans. 

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