If you love to sing, the 80-plus members of the Chester River Chorale invite you to join us in the Wesley Room of Chestertown’s Heron Point at 6 p.m. Monday, September 12, for the first rehearsal of the fall as we begin our 18th year of performing.
No auditions are required. We provide the music. All you need to bring is your voice, $50 for dues (students are free), and the desire to sing for the joy of it. And if you cannot make it on the first Monday, come on the 19th. Regular Chorale practices are 7 p.m. Monday nights at Heron Point.
Under the professional leadership of Douglas D. Cox, the Chorale’s artistic director, and accompanist Sam Marshall, we amateur singers of the Chorale, drawn primarily from Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, have been playing to standing-room-only audiences at our concerts in recent years.
Director Cox has put together an exciting program for the annual Holiday Concert in early December. Once again, we 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 north of Chestertown. 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.
Our 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.
If it sounds like we are in for another terrific year of song, and we are, come join in and help us to make it even better.
The Chester River Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)(3) 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. The CRC’s Mission is to provide opportunity and inspiration for amateur singers to strive for artistic excellence. CRC performances entertain diverse audiences and enrich the cultural life of the community. For more information visit www.chesterriverchorale.org; check out the Chorale on Facebook, or call 410–928–5566.