Singers, especially men, are welcome to attend “open house” rehearsals of the Pocono Concert Chorale
on Tuesday, January 22 and 29, 7-9pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Stroudsburg on Main St.
Under the direction of Dr. James Maroney, the group will begin rehearsals for its Spring concert. The April 2019 concert will showcase Parts II & III of Handel’s “Messiah” with chamber orchestra.
The Pocono Concert Chorale is an auditioned ensemble dedicated to quality public performances
of outstanding choral music.
WHEN/WHERE ARE THE REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES?
Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm, starting after Labor Day for the Fall concert and mid-January, after Martin Luther King day, for the Spring concert. All rehearsals and concerts take place at First Presbyterian Church, Stroudsburg.
Auditions are private, 10-minute sessions with Dr. Maroney in which you will sing various musical exercises of his choice to assess your pitch range and accuracy, tone color, and voice classification. It will be conducted in a friendly and informal manner to help minimize any case of “nerves.” The singing of a brief prepared musical selection/excerpt of your own choice (unaccompanied) is welcome but not required.
Membership consideration will be based on both singing ability and achieving good sectional balance within the group.
Please contact Dr. Maroney at email@example.com to set up an appointment or if you desire further information.
Should a new member find his/her first semester with PCC to be satisfying and rewarding, it is hoped that they will be willing to make a long-term commitment to the ensemble, as continuous membership is essential in developing the group’s sense of ensemble and teamwork.
Like all other independent community choirs, the Pocono Concert Chorale requires membership dues, which cover only a portion of the group’s essential operating expenses. Dues are $40 per half-year (Fall or Spring concert) or $80 for full-year participation.
In order for the Pocono Concert Chorale to offer quality musical performances, it is imperative that each
member attend as many rehearsals as possible. As such, absences should not be treated lightly. The maximum number of rehearsal absences may not exceed three for each half-year under any circumstance.
Each member purchases his/her music. When possible, costs will be kept to a minimum by Pocono Concert
Chorale borrowing music from local sources and photocopying works if they are in the public domain. Any
music that must be purchased will be done in bulk via Pocono Concert Chorale in order to secure discounted prices.