Archives — such as the Burgerbibliothek Bern — are the main places for collecting data for my project “CLEFNI – The choral life in the cities of Bern and Fribourg in the long 19th century”. In these places, I look for the choral activities of the past. I look for musicking — the taking part in music performance, as explained by Small — in places where silence reigns. In empty reading rooms, I look for the vestiges of crowded singing festivals. Travel chronicles and reports of activities trace the history of a still living choral life. Silence opens the doors to music.