Sep
6
Tue
Concord Women’s Chorus Fall Auditions
Sep 6 @ 8:45 am

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), fostering the power of women’s voices in song, invites new singers to join its ensemble at “New Singer Auditions” on Tuesday, September 6, 8:45 am, and Tuesday, October 25, 8:45 am, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord.  Artistic Director and Conductor Jane Ring Frank welcomes newcomers to audition, join rehearsal and learn more about the fall season.  Rehearsals continue Tuesday mornings, 9:30 to 12:00 noon, also at Trinity Episcopal Church throughout the 2022-23 season.

CWC member/poet
Melissa Apperson, courtesy image

CWC welcomes singers with prior choral experience including good sight-reading skills, solid intonation and vocal quality, responsiveness to direction and the ability to blend within an ensemble. For auditions, prospective members may be asked to sight-read a short passage and/or sing a familiar tune, arriving with a prepared solo is not necessary.  An information form is available to be printed in advance and brought to the audition at concordwomenschorus.org/wp/sing-with-us.  Chorus members are expected to attend rehearsals and to participate in performing scheduled concerts. Since CWC values opportunities to collaborate and perform with other musical and cultural groups, additional commitments may become available during the season.

Composer Melissa Dunphy, courtesy image

The ensemble continues weekly rehearsals in preparation for upcoming concerts, including “Grown Wild: A Special Commission Concert,” performing Sunday, October 23, 4 pm.  The performance features a commissioned work by composer Melissa Dunphy based on the poem by CWC member singer and poet Melissa Apperson, and soloist Beth Welty, violin.  Scored for women’s voices, violin and piano, the new work is written specifically for CWC’s distinctive sound. The program also features works of women composers from the nineteenth century to today.

The season continues with “Songs of Peace and Promise,” performing Saturday, December 17, 4 pm, offering a celebration of the wintry season of light in song, through familiar holiday tunes, poignant Chanukah pieces and a mash-up of mass movements.  For the spring, the ensemble rehearses for the concert “Come Day, Come Night,” performing on Saturday, May 13, 2023, 4 pm, featuring a program of love songs to boat songs, exploring the joys of a life well-lived.

CWC is committed to the safety of all and requires that all singers present proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, leadership will request a copy of vaccination cards upon arrival.  All participants are required to wear masks during rehearsals.

For more information, performance details or to join Concord Women’s Chorus, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

About Concord Women’s Chorus

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), based in Concord, Massachusetts, is a 45-singer ensemble fostering the power in women’s voices through song. Singers hail from Concord and the greater Boston area. Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank conducts the chorus performing a wide variety of choral music, ranging from early music to contemporary repertoire, with an emphasis on works written for women’s voices.

CWC’s commitment to the mastery and performance of a dynamic repertoire for women transforms the act of choral singing into an instrument for collaboration, education, and connection. The ensemble features confident singers who care deeply about creating, through women’s voices, a source of strength and inspiration for themselves, the audience, and the world around us.

The chorus began in 1960 as the Concord Madrigals, a small group of women who expressed, through song, the strength of female community. Over the years the group has increased in size and capacity and greatly expanded its repertoire. In 2005, the Concord Madrigals became Concord Women’s Chorus, a name that reflects not only the evolution of the chorus but the abiding power of women’s voices.

In addition to concerts, CWC often engages in other performances and projects. The ensemble has engaged in several concert tours in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. For more information or to join CWC, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

Sep
12
Mon
Pilgrim Festival Chorus Open Rehearsals and Auditions
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm
Members of Pilgrim Festival Chorus in concert, image by Dan Rapoza

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the region’s volunteer not-for-profit community choral ensemble, invites singers to “Open Rehearsals and Auditions” on Mondays, September 12 and 19, 6:30 pm, at Faith Community Church 29 Carver Road, Plymouth. Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly welcome newcomers of all skill levels to learn about PFC and audition for vocal placement, if they wish.  Rehearsals for the fall season immediately follow from 7 to 9 pm and continue weekly throughout the season.  “Open Rehearsals and Auditions” are welcoming, casual and free to attend.  Attendees enjoy singing with PFC the first two weeks without commitment.  Membership information is available at rehearsal and at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.

PFC’s rehearsal season prepares the ensemble for its holiday season concert “Joyeux Noël”, performing Saturday, December 3, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 4, 4 pm, at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Plymouth. The concert program features French music composed for Christmas, including Saint-Saens’ “Christmas Oratorio” and Charpentier’s “Messe de Minuit pour Noël” – a charming work incorporating ten traditional French noels (Christmas carols) that capture the joy and anticipation of Christmas Eve. Also on the program are French Christmas carols, including “Noël Nouvelet”, “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High”. The concert concludes with John Rutter’s moving setting of the classic carol, “O Holy Night”.

Since 1999, PFC has provided South Shore audiences with classical choral music concerts. More than 80 vocalists of all adult ages fill out the ensemble. In addition to the winter concert, PFC presents an annual Messiah Sing in December, a larger choral work in spring, and summer concerts featuring pops-style programming.  PFC members are drawn from diverse skillsets and backgrounds – from hobby and choir singers to music educators and choir directors.

For more information about membership and auditions, call William Richter at 781-789-3343 or email director@pilgrimfestivalchorus.org.  For more information about this season’s rehearsal schedule and repertoire, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, email info@pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

About Pilgrim Festival Chorus

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit choral ensemble dedicated to presenting diverse choral works that educate, enrich, and engage both its members and audiences in Southeastern Massachusetts. PFC is funded in part by grants from several of the region’s Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. PFC concerts are produced in part through cooperation with See Plymouth and Plymouth County Commissioners.

For more information, visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, email info@pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

Sep
13
Tue
Choral Art Society Open Rehearsals
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm

Rehearsals resume for winter performance

Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS), a welcoming, non-auditioned community chorus, invites new singers to attend the first rehearsals of the fall season on Tuesdays, September 13 and 20, from 7 to 9 pm, at First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate. Artistic Director and Conductor Danica A. Buckley welcomes returning members and newcomers of all skill levels to join the first rehearsal and learn about the fall season.

Choral Art Society’s open rehearsals welcome singers in all voice parts. While the chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble, Director Danica Buckley will assist singers with voice part placement. Singers are expected to be able to match pitch, learn and consistently sing their voice part, and balance their voice with other singers.  Rehearsals throughout the fall season are in preparation for a winter concert of seasonal music to be held on Sunday, December 4, 4 pm, at a local performance venue to be announced.

CAS’s Covid policy will be updated before the fall rehearsal season begins, check the website or Facebook for further information.  To join Choral Art Society, or for more information, email Membership Director Mihoko at mihokodesu@gmail.com, visit choralartsociety.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

About Choral Art Society of the South Shore

The Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS) – a welcoming, non-auditioned chorus – engages, inspires, and enriches its members and greater community by pursuing excellence in wide-ranging and challenging musical programs.

Founded in 1958, CAS is dedicated to the performance of all genres of choral music, from Renaissance to 21st century. A non-profit organization, CAS attracts dozens of singing members from Scituate and the surrounding towns. The chorus rehearses in Scituate and presents one winter and one spring concert annually. CAS also provides an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior pursuing a degree in music. For more information, visit choral art society.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

Choral Art Society is supported in part by grants from several regional Massachusetts Cultural Council chapters, the Scituate Education Foundation and South Shore Music Circus, as well as sponsorship by Coastal Heritage Bank.

Sep
20
Tue
Choral Art Society Open Rehearsals
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm

Rehearsals resume for winter performance

Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS), a welcoming, non-auditioned community chorus, invites new singers to attend the first rehearsals of the fall season on Tuesdays, September 13 and 20, from 7 to 9 pm, at First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate. Artistic Director and Conductor Danica A. Buckley welcomes returning members and newcomers of all skill levels to join the first rehearsal and learn about the fall season.

Choral Art Society’s open rehearsals welcome singers in all voice parts. While the chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble, Director Danica Buckley will assist singers with voice part placement. Singers are expected to be able to match pitch, learn and consistently sing their voice part, and balance their voice with other singers.  Rehearsals throughout the fall season are in preparation for a winter concert of seasonal music to be held on Sunday, December 4, 4 pm, at a local performance venue to be announced.

CAS’s Covid policy will be updated before the fall rehearsal season begins, check the website or Facebook for further information.  To join Choral Art Society, or for more information, email Membership Director Mihoko at mihokodesu@gmail.com, visit choralartsociety.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

About Choral Art Society of the South Shore

The Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS) – a welcoming, non-auditioned chorus – engages, inspires, and enriches its members and greater community by pursuing excellence in wide-ranging and challenging musical programs.

Founded in 1958, CAS is dedicated to the performance of all genres of choral music, from Renaissance to 21st century. A non-profit organization, CAS attracts dozens of singing members from Scituate and the surrounding towns. The chorus rehearses in Scituate and presents one winter and one spring concert annually. CAS also provides an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior pursuing a degree in music. For more information, visit choral art society.org, or follow Choral Art Society of the South Shore on Facebook.

Choral Art Society is supported in part by grants from several regional Massachusetts Cultural Council chapters, the Scituate Education Foundation and South Shore Music Circus, as well as sponsorship by Coastal Heritage Bank.

Oct
25
Tue
Concord Women’s Chorus Fall Auditions
Oct 25 @ 8:45 am

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), fostering the power of women’s voices in song, invites new singers to join its ensemble at “New Singer Auditions” on Tuesday, September 6, 8:45 am, and Tuesday, October 25, 8:45 am, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord.  Artistic Director and Conductor Jane Ring Frank welcomes newcomers to audition, join rehearsal and learn more about the fall season.  Rehearsals continue Tuesday mornings, 9:30 to 12:00 noon, also at Trinity Episcopal Church throughout the 2022-23 season.

CWC member/poet
Melissa Apperson, courtesy image

CWC welcomes singers with prior choral experience including good sight-reading skills, solid intonation and vocal quality, responsiveness to direction and the ability to blend within an ensemble. For auditions, prospective members may be asked to sight-read a short passage and/or sing a familiar tune, arriving with a prepared solo is not necessary.  An information form is available to be printed in advance and brought to the audition at concordwomenschorus.org/wp/sing-with-us.  Chorus members are expected to attend rehearsals and to participate in performing scheduled concerts. Since CWC values opportunities to collaborate and perform with other musical and cultural groups, additional commitments may become available during the season.

Composer Melissa Dunphy, courtesy image

The ensemble continues weekly rehearsals in preparation for upcoming concerts, including “Grown Wild: A Special Commission Concert,” performing Sunday, October 23, 4 pm.  The performance features a commissioned work by composer Melissa Dunphy based on the poem by CWC member singer and poet Melissa Apperson, and soloist Beth Welty, violin.  Scored for women’s voices, violin and piano, the new work is written specifically for CWC’s distinctive sound. The program also features works of women composers from the nineteenth century to today.

The season continues with “Songs of Peace and Promise,” performing Saturday, December 17, 4 pm, offering a celebration of the wintry season of light in song, through familiar holiday tunes, poignant Chanukah pieces and a mash-up of mass movements.  For the spring, the ensemble rehearses for the concert “Come Day, Come Night,” performing on Saturday, May 13, 2023, 4 pm, featuring a program of love songs to boat songs, exploring the joys of a life well-lived.

CWC is committed to the safety of all and requires that all singers present proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, leadership will request a copy of vaccination cards upon arrival.  All participants are required to wear masks during rehearsals.

For more information, performance details or to join Concord Women’s Chorus, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

About Concord Women’s Chorus

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), based in Concord, Massachusetts, is a 45-singer ensemble fostering the power in women’s voices through song. Singers hail from Concord and the greater Boston area. Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank conducts the chorus performing a wide variety of choral music, ranging from early music to contemporary repertoire, with an emphasis on works written for women’s voices.

CWC’s commitment to the mastery and performance of a dynamic repertoire for women transforms the act of choral singing into an instrument for collaboration, education, and connection. The ensemble features confident singers who care deeply about creating, through women’s voices, a source of strength and inspiration for themselves, the audience, and the world around us.

The chorus began in 1960 as the Concord Madrigals, a small group of women who expressed, through song, the strength of female community. Over the years the group has increased in size and capacity and greatly expanded its repertoire. In 2005, the Concord Madrigals became Concord Women’s Chorus, a name that reflects not only the evolution of the chorus but the abiding power of women’s voices.

In addition to concerts, CWC often engages in other performances and projects. The ensemble has engaged in several concert tours in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. For more information or to join CWC, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.