Singers tune up for 39th season

Posted Aug. 29, 2011, at 5 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 29, 2011, at 5:18 p.m.

BELFAST — The Penobscot Bay Singers, a 30- to 40-voice chorus based in Belfast will begin its 39th season with its first rehearsal 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at St. Margaret’s parish hall on Court Street. The chorus performs three concert cycles each year beginning with a Christmas Concert on Dec. 9, 10 and 11.

The group has brought diverse classical, liturgical and popular choral works to Waldo County and beyond over the years, sometimes with other groups such as the Mount View Chamber Singers, and as often as can be afforded, with instruments in addition to the piano. Linnea Johnson of Belfast is the group’s accompanist. Richard Dostie is the music director.

This Christmas, the Singers will prepare a varied program of works by modern composers as well as some traditional, but lesser-known carols. To bring the chorus into full balance, more tenors and basses are sought. New and returning singers in all sections are invited to sing.

Auditions for voice placement will be after rehearsal and should arrive at 8:30 p.m., or sit in on the rehearsal on Sept. 7 and 14. Arrangements for auditions at other times may be made by contacting MaryAnn Valaitis-Whaley at 567-4321 or M_Valaitis@yahoo.com.

The spring concert, scheduled for March 31 and April 1 will feature works by American composers. Music for the Pops concert on June 8 and 9 has not yet been selected, but is sure to please singers and audience.

Singers pay $50 a year membership and are asked to help with fund raising efforts for the group, as concert income does not cover the costs of music, direction, accompaniment, rehearsal and venue space, piano tuning, etc. For more information about the Penobscot Bay Singers, or to hear them in concert on their CD of Faure’s “Requiem” and “Cantique de Jean Racine” write: P.O. Box 5, Belfast 04915. The cost of the CD is $15, postage paid.

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