The Chatham Chorale
Information for Potential New Members
To: Potential new members
Thank you for your interest in membership in the Chatham Chorale.
The Chatham Chorale is an auditioned community chorus of about 90 singers, performing music of all types in various venues on Cape Cod. We have members from throughout the Cape – from Sandwich to Chatham and Marstons Mills to Wellfleet. Our music director is Joseph Marchio and our president is Bud Ferris.
In a normal year, September is the month we announce our season, invite new members, hold auditions and begin rehearsals for our Cape Cod performances. But, as we all know, this year is not normal. Our 2019/2020 Season was cut short in March due to the Covid 19 / Coronavirus and Fall 2020 is still too uncertain for the safety of our singers and audiences. We continue to plan behind the scenes for what will be a celebration of our 50th Season and look forward to singing together and sharing the experience with you. Hopefully, we will restart in the Spring of 2021.
Once safe to gather again, regular rehearsals are on Thursday evenings, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Lighthouse Charter School in East Harwich. There are often additional rehearsals on another evening of the week, usually Mondays, to concentrate on specific repertoire. While Members are encouraged to sing in all our season performances, you can choose the concerts in which you will participate.
Members are permitted to miss up to two rehearsals for any one concert. Additional absences for illness, travel, etc. may be permitted with the approval of the music director. One or two rehearsals just before a performance are considered mandatory dress rehearsals.
As a potential New Member, we hope you’ll give us a try by singing with us as a guest for two or three rehearsals before auditioning. Then, if you decide to proceed, the audition music and other instructions will be provided. A yearly membership fee is collected after successful completion of your audition. The amount is determined annually by the Board of Directors.
Please check the website regularly for updates regarding the Chatham Chorale Restart and details of our 50th Anniversary Season. In the meantime, feel free to contact me with any further questions.
Keep Safe – Laugh Often – and, SING !!!
Cindy O’Leary, Membership Chairperson