The South Sound Classical Choir is seeking new members. The choir meets Monday nights from 7 pm to 9 pm at Aylen Junior High School in Puyallup. Rehearsals start on September 9, for the season. David LaBerge, director of the South Sound Classical Choir, described the choir as, “A group of people who sing for the love of sound and personal nourishment it gives them, and who try to share that experience with audiences who attend their concerts.”
The South Sound Classical Choir was founded in January, 2003 by Doug Skelly and Ellen Malesis. The organization counted 40 members in the first year. The groups sings primarily classical music, but uses a broad definition of ‘classical’. That includes music from the renaissance (e.g. Thomas Tallis), Baroque (e.g., Handel), romantic (e.g., Mendelssohn), and modern periods (e.g., Copland, Rutter, Whitacre, Lauridsen).
If you have had some experience singing in groups, such as school choruses, church choirs, etc. you are encouraged to find out more about South Sound Classical Choir. To be a member, monthly dues are $15, which covers music scores. The first month is free for new members and scholarships are available for those that need financial assistance.
“Having conducted over 100 concerts with choirs of auditioned singers, I was surprised and pleased to find that this group of un-auditioned singers produces such a high level of tone quality, musical vitality, and musical phrasing. They routinely inspire audiences to give standing ovations,” commented the director, David.
The 2013 Holiday concert schedule is already planned, and includes:
Christmas Concerts. The Messiah Choruses
Sunday, Dec 1 at 3 pm at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 10510 136th St. E, Puyallup
Friday, Dec 6 at 7:30 pm at Puyallup Methodist Church, 1919 Pioneer Ave, Puyallup
Sunday, Dec 8 at 3 pm at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma
Friday, Dec 13 at 7:30 pm at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2306 Milton Way, Milton
Four spring concerts will take place in late April and early May and will be announced.
For more information about the South Sound Classical Choir, please call: 253-507-4183 or visit: http://sscc.valleyartssociety.org/. “Like many other choirs there is a special need for tenors,” David concluded.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com
Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for Tacoma.com