The Keene Chorale

OPEN TO ALL!

Member Info

All Keene Chorale regular rehearsals will take place at the Keene Ice Arena Blastos Room unless otherwise indicated. Singers must be fully vaccinated, and boostered when eligible, and bring a paper or virtual vaccination record to the Open rehearsal on August 30, and to Registration & the first rehearsal on September 13. The Chorale may, if conditions warrant, require singers to wear a mask during the semester, and/or for the performance. For our Fall 2022 semester we will be monitoring the latest CDC and local guidelines so we can sing safely. 

FALL 2022 REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, ALL REHEARSALS ARE HELD AT
Keene Ice Arena
Blastos Room
380 Marlboro Street, Keene

Starting Rehearsal & Registration
Tuesday September 13 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm >> @ Keene Senior Center
Sept 20, 27
Oct 4, 18, 25
(no rehearsal Oct 11)
Nov 1, 8* (@ Keene Senior Center), 15, 22, 29
Super Saturday Nov 19 (10 am – 2 pm)

Super Saturday
Each semester we have a 4-hour rehearsal on Saturday, about a month before the performance. We break for lunch halfway through. We bring our own lunch and drinks but encourage singers to bring cookies or fruit to share.

CONCERT WEEK INFORMATION
Rehearsal: Tues Dec 6 ~ St. Bernard Church 7 – 9 pm
Dress Rehearsal: Sat Dec  10 ~ St. Bernard Church 10 am – 1 pm
Performance: Sun Dec 11 | 2 pm | Singer’s call tbd | St. Bernard Church

Concert Dress
All black:
Men ~ black trousers, long sleeved black shirts, black shoes and socks.
Women ~ black bottoms (slacks or skirts — at least below the knee), black shirts or blouses, black hose and shoes. Women may wear jewelry.
No cologne, perfume, aftershave, or heavily scented hair spray.
Black music folders.

ATTENDANCE POLICY
Singers are expected to attend all rehearsals for the full rehearsal time. We strongly advise missing as few rehearsals as possible. However, if an absence is unavoidable, singers should inform their section leader ahead of time. This will allow Section leaders to update absentees about any markings/instructions from the director. If a singer misses more than three rehearsals, participation in the concert will be at the discretion of the Director.

Out of respect for your fellow singers, we ask that you refrain from wearing cologne, perfume, aftershave, or hair spray at rehearsals and concerts.

Our full rehearsal schedule is posted to the right →

Winter Weather Policy
If the weather forecast is for snow, sleet, or freezing rain on rehearsal night, we will send out an email by 3:00 – 4:00 pm if rehearsal will be cancelled. We will use the email addresses provided at registration.

Who We Are
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.

Any questions? Email the Chorale at keenechoralesingers@gmail.com

* Singers must be fully vaccinated, and boostered when eligible, and bring a paper or virtual vaccination record to the Open rehearsal on August 30, and to Registration & the first rehearsal on September 13 The Chorale may require singers to wear a mask during the semester.