Community Chorus Invited to Salzburg Festival
The Berkeley Community Chorus has been invited to participate in the Salzburg Choral Festival. The festival is an annual event held in the Salzburg Cathedral where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed as a child growing up, and eventually became concertmaster at the cathedral.
The invitation to the BCC has been presented by Music Celebrations International for the festival next year on June 24-28, 2020. They will be joined by other adult choirs from across North America for the concert performance. Because Salzburg is Mozart’s hometown, the music to be performed features his compositions. Next year the featured work is the “Coronation Mass” conducted by János Czifra, current music director at the cathedral, and selected other works by Mozart directed by American conductor Eph Ely. In addition to rehearsals and concert, sightseeing in and around Salzburg is included with Mozart’s birthplace, the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, and other locations.
Not all of the singers in the Berkeley Community Chorus will be able to participate in this exciting opportunity, and substantial fundraising will be needed for travel and tour expenses. The good news is that there is one year to raise funds and save personal finances for this musical highlight of a lifetime. As a result, chorus members are inviting other qualified singers in the region to join them in this musical adventure. Family members and friends of festival singers are also invited to come along. For more information about the event and the opportunity to participate, contact BCC music director Jeffrey Poland at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/berkeleycommunitychorus.
Spring Concert 2019
Berkeley Community Chorus' Spring Concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.,
at the Airborne Church, 172 Creative Place (off of Rock Cliff Drive), Martinsburg, WV 25401.
Please, refer to the Repertoire, Spring Concert 2019 tab for concert selections.
Tickets for the concert will be sold at the door for $10 Adult, $8 Senior, and children 12 & under free of charge.
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.
BCC Donates to Musselman Middle School Show Choir
The members of Berkeley Community Chorus, with the donations received at our 2018 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 2017 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 Makes Donations to Berkeley County Humane Society & CCAP: Loaves and Fishes!
Thanks to the generous donors at our 2016 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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