Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
@ Pearisburg First United Methodist Church, 401 Hale Street, Pearisburg, VA.
We usually perform 2 major concerts each year, one in December, and one in the spring. In 2017 we performed a patriotic program on Memorial Day. It was so well-received, we repeated it on July 2 and July 4. From time-to-time, we also perform smaller programs on request. For instance, this past February we appeared at The Palisades in Eggleston for a Valentine’s Day fundraising event. We’ve also appeared in a Giles Little Theater show, at the Giles Community Hospital Love Light ceremony, at Belmont Christian Church in Roanoke, and at Summit Place Assisted Living in Rich Creek.
What to expect at a typical rehearsal: First, we might do an ice-breaker. Then, we’ll do some vocal warm-ups to aid the transition from speaking to singing. Then we’ll launch into the songs. Frequently we’ll go over parts and sections one at a time, gradually building toward full 4-part harmony. It’s all low-stress. We don’t assume singers read music, and most of our folks don’t.
Special rehearsals are sometimes scheduled prior to major performances. This past Christmas season, we performed at 3 different churches: Mountain View Ministries, Church of God of Prophecy in Narrows, Pembroke Christian Church in Pembroke, and Newport-Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Newport.
Dues are $40 annually for individuals and $50 for families. We use them to purchase music, pay our accompanist, maintain and improve our musical instrument(s), and defray any other necessary expenses that come our way. They’re due by January 31, 2018. We’ll pro-rate that on a case-by-case basis for anybody joining us substantially after the due date. You can pay in person at practice, or use the PayPal link here:
Uh, no. We’re not looking for super, star-studded soloists, so what would be the point? We enthusiastically accept anybody who wants to sing with us. But we do have expectations. You need to bring a willing spirit and teachable attitude. You need to attend rehearsals regularly. We work wonders with people who are open to the opportunity to improve whatever level of skill they bring in the door.
Our first practice of 2018 was Tuesday, January 9! It’s a little late to sing in our spring concerts, but we’ll take new members year-round, so send us an email, or just come to a rehearsal if you’re considering it.
The Giles County Community Chorus is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
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