The Keene Chorale

OPEN TO ALL!

Member Info

CONCERT WEEK INFORMATION
Tues April 26 ~ Blastos Room @ Keene Ice ~ 7:00 pm ~ with soloists
Fri April 29 ~ Blastos Room @ Keene Ice ~ 6:30 pm ~ with soloists & orchestra
Sun May 1 ~ Singers call ~ 12:15 pm ~
Keene High School

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.

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All Keene Chorale regular rehearsals will take place at the Keene Ice Arena Blastos room, and singers will be required to be fully vaccinated to participate. For our Spring 2022 semester we will be monitoring the latest CDC and local guidelines so we can sing safely. 

Rehearsals
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Keene Ice Arena
Blastos Room
380 Marlboro Street, Keene

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.

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.

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SOME NUTS AND BOLTS:

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.

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

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SPRING 2022 REHEARSAL SCHEDULE*

Keene Ice Arena
Blastos Room
380 Marlboro Street, Keene

Starting Rehearsal & Registration
Tuesday January 11 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Jan 11, 18, 25
Feb 1, 15, 22 (no rehearsal February 8)
Mar 1, 15, 22, 29 (no rehearsal March 8)
Apr 5, 12, 19, 26
Super Saturday April 2

* Singers must be fully vaccinated, and boostered when eligible, and bring a paper or virtual vaccination record to the first rehearsal on January 11. The Chorale will require singers to wear a mask during the semester