Chester River Chorale begins its 18th season of song
CHESTERTOWN — For anyone who loves to sing, the 80-plus members of the Chester River Chorale extends an invitation to join the group at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the Wesley Room of Heron Point. This will be the first rehearsal of the fall.
No auditions are required and the music is provided. Anyone wishing to join should being their voice, $50 for dues, students are free, and the desire to sing for the joy of it.
Regular Chorale practices are 7 p.m. Monday nights at Heron Point. If anyone is unable to make it to the Sept. 12 practice, come to the Sept. 19 practice instead.
Under the professional leadership of Douglas D. Cox, the Chorale’s artistic director, and accompanist Sam Marshall, the amateur singers of the Chorale, drawn primarily from Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, have been playing to standing-room-only audiences at concerts in recent years.
Cox has put together an exciting program for the annual holiday concert in early December. Once again, the chorale will collaborate with the Chester River Youth Choir, founded and directed by chorale member Julie Lawrence.
In early October, people of all ages and voices, chorale members or not, are invited to the Gospel Extravaganza workshop and concert at Mt. Olive AME Church in Worton. At the free two day event, participants can learn the history and techniques of singing and playing gospel music from Dr. Robert L. Jefferson, pianist, singer, composer and a leading expert in the gospel art form.
The spring concert in April, entitled Hooray for Hollywood, will focus on tunes from Tinsel Town. Members of the Chorale will also perform songs of liberty during the Chestertown Tea Party weekend leading up to Memorial Day in late May. A fifth year of collaboration with the National Music Festival in June is possible pending final decisions on the NMF program.
The Chester River Chorale is a nonprofit organization funded in part by Yerkes Construction Co., the Hedgelawn Foundation, the Kent County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
For more information, visit www. chesterriverchorale.org check out the Chorale on Facebook or call 410–928– 5566.
The Chester River Chorale and Youth Choir perform.