Chorale to begin rehearsals for ‘Messiah’
CENTREVILLE — There are some things you just can’t get out of your head. If you’re a music lover, chances are that Handel’s “Messiah” is the music you hum as you run holiday errands each December. For people who love to sing – and people who want a deeper appreciation of the oratorio best known for the Hallelujah chorus – there will soon be a chance to be part of this production.
On Sept. 11, Queen Anne’s Chorale begins rehearsals for its upcoming season, which will feature the Christmas portion of “Messiah.” Based in Centreville, Queen Anne’s Chorale is a large community choir that has bi-annual performances and conducts music outreach.
“Working with QA Chorale is always a great joy,” said Artistic Director Bob Huntington, “It is a very warm and welcoming group of singers. Regardless of background or experience, ever yone gives their best effort.”
Huntington, whose past experience includes teaching in the music departments of multiple colleges, coaches his singers to improve their range, diction,and tone.
There is no required audition for the main chorus of “Messiah,” and singers aged 16 and up are welcome to participate. In addition, soloist parts will be available for sopranos, altos, and tenors. Auditions for solos will take place early in the semester. All singers must attend regular rehearsals.
Queen Anne’s Chorale meets at Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road, Centreville. Weekly rehearsals begin Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. After the first week, rehearsals will run from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday. Singers are provided music and folders for the semester. Dues are $25 per semester or $40 for a full year.
More information can be found at qachorale.org or by calling 410-7583183.
The performance, “Hallelujah! A Christmas Concert Featuring Messiah,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Chesapeake College’s Todd Performing Arts Center, in Wye Mills.