Community chorale begins rehearsals Oct. 16 for holiday concert

New voices are sought in addition to returning singers as the community chorale begins rehearsals for the 2023 Christmas concert on Monday, Oct. 16, in the high school music room.

“I never know until we have our first rehearsal,” chorale director Bonnie Demerjian said of how many people to expect at the first rehearsal. “We have a group of people that have been with the (chorale) well over 20 years, and then every year we get new people, so it’s always a surprise.”

While the chorale is always looking for new participants, Demerjian said she’s not focused on specific octave ranges such as tenors or sopranos. “We like a balance, but we’re not totally sure who’s going to show up this year, so we don’t have any particular needs right now.”

However, Demerjian said there is one element the chorale does need. “We are looking for a piano player, an accompanist,” she said.

Last year’s holiday chorale performance was the first since 2019, losing two years to the pandemic hiatus.

Demerjian added how the loss of the chorale was deeply felt in the community. “And also for the members too,” she said. “Really, the members, I think, enjoy getting together and rehearsing even more than performing. It’s a good social outlet as well as having a common purpose.”

The rehearsals are scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Mondays, beginning on Oct. 16.

Anyone who wants to join in — no auditions required — can email Demerjian at bonniede@aptalaska.net or call her at 907-796-9632.

 

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