Berkeley Community Chorus Auditions
Auditions for the Berkeley Community Chorus will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at the Christ Reformed United Church of Christ. The church is located at 117 E. Burke Street in downtown Martinsburg. Prospective members must schedule an audition time between 7 – 9 PM by calling 540-431-8422 or leaving a message on Facebook.com/berkeleycommunitychorus.
The chorus is enjoying its seventh season providing beautiful choral music in Berkeley County, and is a social and musical opportunity for singers in the Eastern Panhandle. An audition consists of vocal exercises to determine voice range and quality. A prepared solo is optional, and the ability to read music is recommended, not required. More info about the chorus, previous programs and the Spring Concert 2019 repertoire is found on this website. Please, refer to the Repertoire, Spring Concert 2019 tab for concert selections.
Spring Concert 2019
Berkeley Community Chorus' Spring Concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., Venue TBA.
Please, refer to the Repertoire, Spring Concert 2019 tab for concert selections.
Holiday Concert 2018
The Berkeley Community Chorus will sing its 7th annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. The performance venue is Calvary United Methodist Church located at 220 West Burke Street in Martinsburg.
This concert features a major work composed in 1990 by John Rutter, a well-known composer and conductor from England. The score of his “Magnificat” is written for mixed choir, soprano soloist, and chamber orchestra. Instrumentation of the orchestra includes strings, woodwinds, organ, percussion, and harp. For this performance the professional musicians will collaborate from various locations including Sharpsburg and Frederick, MD; Winchester, VA; Charles Town and Martinsburg, WV. The soprano soloist is Amy Asbury, a doctoral candidate at the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music who resides in Gerrardstown.
The text of the Magnificat is taken from the Bible, Gospel of St. Luke: 46-55. It is the Song of the Virgin Mary when she has been told by the angel Gabriel that she will be the mother of Jesus. Set to music since the 15th century, this text is appropriately used during the Advent season of the church year, and its music has been written by such notable composers as Johann Sebastian Bach.
Also in the program are secular songs for Christmas including “Carol of the Bells”, “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas”, “We Need a Little Christmas”, and others. To conclude the evening there will be an audience sing-a-long of popular songs and carols for the holiday season.
Tickets for the concert will be sold at the door for $10 Adult, $8 Senior, and children 12 & under free of charge.
Repertoire for the Holiday Concert may be found on this website.
Soprano Denise Nesbitt and Pianist David Asbury will perform a selection of 18th, 19th and 20th century Spanish, French, German and English Songs by various composers on Sunday November 18, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Christ Reformed United Church of Christ 117 East Burke Street, Martinsburg.
Free Admission with Donations to benefit the Berkeley Community Chorus. Come enjoy a lovely afternoon!
BCC Donates to Musselman Middle School Show Choir
The members of Berkeley Community Chorus, with the donations received at our spring concert, agreed to give $350 to Spectrum Show Choir at Musselman Middle School. We want to show our utmost appreciation to choir director, Miss Shayla Brown, and the students that assisted us during the concert.
BCC Makes Donation to Apollo Civic Theatre
Thanks to our generous audience at our 2017 Holiday Concert, BCC was able to donate $200 to the Apollo Civic Theatre, accepted by Mr. Michael Noll, ACT Board Officer President . We want to thank Mr. Noll for allowing BCC to use the Apollo for the concert. It is a lovely venue with history that runs deep.
BCC Makes Donation to Martinsburg High School
BCC was able to donate $250 to the Music Department at Martinsburg High School with the donations received at the Spring Concert. Chorus Director, Dr. Jeff Poland presented a check to Kaitlyn Schramm, MHS Choral Director. Thank you to attendees for contributing to a wonderful cause. As BCC continues to grow, we hope to donate more in the future. Thanks again to MHS for allowing us to use their facilities for our concert.
BCC Invited to Sing at Local Church
Berkeley Community Chorus was invited to sing at Johnsontown Bible Church where several of our singers are members. We loved singing at Johnsontown Bible Church, and we sincerely thank the church for inviting us!
BCC Makes Donations to Berkeley County Humane Society & CCAP: Loaves and Fishes!
Thanks to the generous donors at our 5th Annual Holiday Concert, BCC was able to donate $200 each to BCHC and Loaves and Fishes. Chorus Director, Dr. Jeff Poland, and Board President, Rick Morris, presented checks to Brandi Bowers, manager of BCHC, and Phil Steptoe, Board President of Loaves and Fishes. This is the first year that BCC has made a donation to local charitable organizations with money received from a performance.
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