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!
FALL 2019: Our 41st Season Begins
Sunday Dec 8, 2019
Hector Berlioz, L’Enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ) in English
at St. Bernard Church, Keene
Directed by Cailin Marcel Manson
All Keene Chorale regular rehearsals take place at the KUUC
Keene Unitarian Universalist Church
69 Washington Street, Keene, NH
Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00
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.
Fall 2019 Super Saturday: October 26, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, KUUC
Our full rehearsal schedule is to the right →
SOME NUTS AND BOLTS:
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.
SECTION LEADERS 2019-2020
Sopranos ~ Martha Hongisto
Altos ~ Cindy Woolley
Tenors ~ Maria Powers
Basses ~ Jim Gilmour
Women: Ankle-length black skirt or full length dressy slacks, long or 3/4 sleeved black blouse or top, black hose or socks and shoes.
Men: Long sleeved black button down shirt with collar or black turtleneck, black trousers, black hose and shoes, no tie.
Out of respect for your fellow singers, we ask that you refrain from wearing cologne, perfume, aftershave, or hair spray at rehearsals and concerts.
Winter Weather Policy
If the weather forecast is for snow, sleet, or freezing rain on rehearsal night, we will send out an email by 1:00 PM if a rehearsal will be cancelled. We will use the email provided at registration.
Any questions? Email the Chorale at email@example.com
We’ve announced the music for our next two seasons:
Season 41, 2019-2020
Sunday December 8, 2019 Hector Berlioz, L’Enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ) in English
(rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 10 at the KUUC, 69 Washington Street, Keene.)
Spring 2020, dates and locations tba, Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) with The Windham Orchestra, and Bennington County Choral Society.
Spring 2021, date tba, Felix Mendelssohn, Elijah