Calling all singers!
“Oh, I’m not really a singer you say, I just really like to sing when the hymns come in church, or “I haven’t been in choir since school…”, or you only sing in the shower. Then again, maybe you are a seriously trained singer, with the keenest of ears and truest of voices, looking for a group to really challenge you…
At all levels and in many different styles of music, there are choirs that would love to have you sing with them! This post is the second installment of our series on how to get involved in community music (Part I listed the local community orchestras).
I must first acknowledge that when it comes to choirs, there is already a great resource for our area: The Greater Rochester Choral Consortium, a joint project of 28 choirs, which maintains a schedule of concerts and other resources for singers. Check them out. Also, it would be impossible to cover all of the church choirs in our region, so I have not listed any of them.
If there is a group that you know about that I forget to list: get in touch, either by leaving a comment or sending an email to email@example.com, and I’ll add it to the list (I’m trying not to leave anyone out, but it is bound to happen!).
The Chorus of the Genesee
Rehearsals: Tuesday nights, at the Harmony House, 58 E. Main Street, Webster
Contact Lee Shepter, VP of Chapter Development to learn about joining the chorus (585) 698-5391 or firstname.lastname@example.org
William Weinert, conductor
Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings
For audition information, contact email@example.com or call 585-274-1444
Finger Lakes Choral Festival
Rehearsals: Wednesdays and selected Mondays, May-July
Register to participate by calling (585) 465-0838 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Wright, Artistic Director
Rehearsals: Varies by concert
Arrange an audition by contacting Lee Wright, email@example.com
Genesee Valley Orchestra & Chorus
Christopher Petit, Music Director
Rehearsals: Thursday nights, 7-9pm, Johanna Perrin Middle School, Fairport
Auditions heard by appointment, contact Dr. Christopher Petit, 223-9006 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Trumpowsky, Music Director
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7:15-9:30pm, Irondequoit United Church of Christ, 644 Titus Ave
The Lyric Chorale
Chrisanne Gates, director
Rehearsals: Mondays, 7-9pm,
Auditions may be scheduled by appointment. Contact Chris at (585)478-0778 or email@example.com.
Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus
Robert Strauss, Artistic Director
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7-9:30pm, Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 Fitzhugh Street, Rochester
Email Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment for a voice placement.
Rehearsals: Monday nights, 7pm, Harmony House, 58 E. Main Street, Webster
Women interested in singing are welcome to attend a rehearsal. More info by calling 585-865-2731 or emailing email@example.com
Rochester Women’s Community Chorus
Kristy Houston, music director
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:45pm, Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 Fitzhugh Street, Rochester
Spencerport Community Chorus
Darla Blair, director
Rehearsals: Sunday afternoons, 2-4:15pm, Spencerport Wesleyan Church, 2653 Nichols Street, Spencerport
Contact Darla if you are interested in singing, either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 585.494.1795
Sweet Adelines–Image City Sound
Kathy Wakeman, director
Rehearsals: Monday nights, 7-9:30pm, St John’s Brickstone, 1325 Elmwood Avenue
Women interested in singing is welcome to attend a rehearsal. Call 585-234-SING (7464) to confirm.