For its 75th anniversary, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra is reviving the Manchester Choral Society.
Rehearsals for the Manchester Symphony Chorus begin Monday, Feb. 3, at the baton of Debra Lynn, director of Manchester University choirs. The ensemble, a renamed revival of the Manchester Choral Society, helps mark the MSO’s 75th year.
All vocal ranges are needed for what will become a 30- to 60-member choir, said Dr. Lynn. Rehearsals are Monday evenings. For now, Lynn will not hold auditions. “The ensemble is open to anyone who is interested in membership,” she said.
Singers may just show up at the first rehearsal or contact Dr. Lynn at 260-982-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. in Wine Recital Hall on the east side of the North Manchester campus.
“We are preparing the chorus to perform Mozart’s Requiem Mass with the Manchester Symphony on April 6 at the Honeywell Center,” said Lynn. “The time commitment is light, and will give folks a chance to decide whether this is something they would like to commit to in the future.”
“We are looking for singers who love to make great music with an extremely talented director,’ said Robert Bucher, MSO president. Surveys by the Symphony Board of Directors indicate strong interest, he noted. Singers are expected from North Manchester, Wabash, Huntington and Warsaw areas.
“This year, the music is Mozart's Requiem Mass – about as classical as you can get,” said Dr. L:ynn. “We may explore some other options in future seasons, but this ensemble will perform mostly classical music.”