While our December performance of Handel’s Messiah was not possible, we are still going to SING!
The Keene Chorale Board has met and developed a plan to return to singing safely. Our plan is to have a concert in May 2021 at a venue that allows for social distancing and extra ventilation for both singers, musicians, and audience. We are reviewing a variety of outdoor and indoor venues that would allow us to perform safely where we will be singing Handel’s Messiah.
In response to the current challenges posed by Covid 19, we are offering a membership that includes virtual practice opportunities supported with live accompaniment, as well as lectures and conversations, all within the safety and comfort of our singers’ homes. Rehearsals for the fall begin in September and will continue through the end of 2020, picking up again in January 2021.
See our Membership page for a video introduction to our 2020-2021 season from Director Cailin Marcel Manson.
We would like to express our wholehearted thanks to our members, and to the local business community for their support of The Chorale’s Spring concert, even though it had to be cancelled. Given the severe financial strain these businesses are experiencing, our gratitude is all the more heartfelt.
Our gratitude to the following businesses and organizations for their support:
Bill Davis Chair Caning
C & S Wholesale Grocers Inc.
Carbone’s Window & Awning
Carin Torp Healing Arts
Clark – Mortenson Insurance
Country Life Restaurant
Deep Roots Massage and Body Works
Fenton Family Dealerships
Hastings Dental Health
Karl Roberts – Cuts for Men
Keep ‘Em Healthy Veterinary Clinic
Matthew J. Cielinski, DMD
Nissan of Keene
Parish of the Holy Spirit
Richard P. Drew, LLC
Rowan Tree Crafts
Savings Bank of Walpole
Swanzey Oil Company
The Frank Massin Agency, Inc.
The Kingsbury Fund
The Toadstool Bookshops
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Singing with The Keene Chorale is OPEN TO ALL
We are a welcoming non-auditioned chorus, and our members include singers with a wide range of musical and life experience, from high schoolers to octogenarians. It’s not unusual for folks who haven’t sung since high school or college, or who really just like to sing, to become part of our musical family. Not everyone comes to us reading music. As long as you can carry a tune and learn to stay on pitch, that’s fine with us. If you’re not sure if you are a soprano or alto, tenor or bass, we’ll help you figure it out.
We all begin each semester at the same place: the beginning!
As a new member you can expect to feel welcomed the first time you walk in the door. We know we have a (well deserved) reputation for musical excellence and exciting performances, but we do not consider ourselves elitist or exclusive. Performance excellence comes from our shared journey each semester, from the hard work (and fun) under the leadership of Music Director Cailin Marcel Manson. Along the way we learn quite a bit about our voices and the pieces we perform, and have a really good time doing it, starting with the first note of our warmup!
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