Practicing for the Christmas season

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The Chorus of Dorchester is now practicing for its two Christmas concerts set for Dec. 13 and Dec. 17. It’s still not too late to include your voice for the holiday season. For additional information please contact Cookie Brohawn at cookiebrohawn@comcast.net.

CAMBRIDGE — On May 31, 2019 the Chorus of Dorchester presented a concert in the sanctuary of Immanuel United Church of Christ. The concert entitled “Make A Joyful Noise!” was planned to benefit the Choral Programs of Dorchester County high schools; North Dorchester High School (under the direction of Sabra Steward) and Cambridge-South Dorchester High School (under the direction of Melissa Wise Slacum.

The concert featured 16 pieces of music including the music of W. A. Mozart, Randall Thompson, Antonin Dvorak, J.S. Bach, Andre Thomas, Keith Hampton, John Rutter and many more famous composers and arrangers of well known and beloved sacred and secular music.

The all-volunteer 70 voice chorus has given hundreds of free concerts over the past 44 years but wanted to do something for the choral students in Dorchester County high schools that could benefit their fine programs.

And so, a free concert was planned, but would include a freewill offering during a short intermission. Most high school choral programs survive under a strict budget that doesn’t allow much in the way of spending for incidental items or even additional buses for extra-out of school programs.

The generous amount raised and given had no restrictions other than that the monies must be used for the benefit of all of the choral high school students.
This May 31 concert consisted of 60+ singers; Conductor Cookie Brohawn; Piano Accompanist Laura Todd; Organist Ann Robinson, Narrator Steve Long, Violinist Robert Merkley, Flautist Jill Argie and Percussionists Shelby Clendaniel, Barbara Hubbard and Betty Malkus.

The SATB Chorus of Dorchester draws from all of Dorchester County and has singers from Caroline and Talbot counties as well. There is never an audition; all are invited to sing, there are no fees charged and all are volunteers.

“The talent that runs so deep in our local families has always been here and that has additionally been enhanced by our many newcomers who so readily share their talents and enthusiasm. This creates a wonderful blend and forges friendships of the local and the new people in our community,” said Ms. Brohawn.

Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 upstairs in the Dorchester Center for the Arts on High Street in Cambridge. The Chorus is presently rehearsing for its Christmas Concerts. This year’s concerts are slated for Dec. 13, 7 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church and Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Dorchester Center for the Arts. “It is not too late to join us if you love to sing and enjoy meeting new and talented people.

“In addition to voice we are presently looking for trombone, French horn and trumpet players as well as a harpist for a couple of our Christmas octavos,” said Ms. Brohawn. For additional information please contact Cookie Brohawn at cookiebrohawn@comcast.net

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