Founded in 1984 as the South Hadley Community Chorus by Dr. Barbara Conant,
our name was changed in 1996 to the South Hadley Chorale to reflect more
accurately our repertoire, which has included works by Bach, Dvorak, Mozart,
Rossini, Rutter, Schubert, and Verdi. Governed by a Board of Directors,
the Chorale has performed fourteen major concerts with orchestra. From
1990-1996 the chorale, directed by Richard Rescia expanded its repertoire
and increased its membership.
IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Singing with an orchestra, preparing larger choral works that require
a well-rounded choral group, singing in different languages, and performing
with top-notch professional soloists are some of the special features
of the South Hadley Chorale.
AND WHERE ARE PERFORMANCES?
The concerts are held on the campus of Mount Holyoke College before audiences
that regularly exceed 600 people! This years (2005) concert will be
held on Sunday, March 13, at 3:00pm in beautiful Abbey Memorial Chapel.
We are most fortunate to have the support of Mount Holyoke College.
IS THE CHORALE DIRECTOR?
The artistic director/conductor of the Chorale is Michael R. Dulac who
was appointed in 1997. Mr. Dulac holds degrees from Westfield State College
and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has also done further
studies in choral conducting, organ, and Gregorian chant. Founder and
director of Schola Nova (formerly Schola Cantorum), his previous positions
include that of Director of Music at St. Michaels Cathedral in Springfield,
and United Congregational Church in Holyoke. He is presently Organist
at St. Josephs Church in Springfield. Mr. Dulac brings a wealth
of talent, expertise and enthusiasm to the leadership of the Chorale.
ARE WE FUNDED?
In the past we have received partial funding from the South Hadley Cultural
Council. For each concert, we have raised the majority of the money through
support from patrons, friends, and community businesses, as well as through
the sale of tickets. Volunteers, many of whom are also members of the
Chorale, help to publicize and raise funds for the event in the spring.
THERE ANYTHING FOR CHILDREN?
The South Hadley Chorale Childrens Chorus made its debut during
the 2001 season. These elementary age children rehearse Saturday mornings
from January until the concert. The chorus is under the direction of Catherine
Waldron, a member of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and an elementary
school music teacher in Longmeadow.
IS IN THE CHORALE?
Over eighty men and women from the Pioneer Valley make up the Chorale. The
majority of members have choral experience in church choirs or other choral
groups. Concerts are usually programmed to include both sacred and secular
musical compositions. If you enjoy singing choral music from many different
periods, you will enjoy the South Hadley Chorale. No formal auditions are
AND WHERE ARE THE REHEARSALS?
The Chorale meets from mid-October through mid-November. There are no December
rehearsals. We resume in January (Jan.5, 2005) until the concert in mid
to late March (Mar. 13, 2005). Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays
from 7:00-9:00pm in the choir room of the First Congregational Church
in South Hadley Center.
If you would like to join the South Hadley
Chorale, please contact Barbara Ayers,
or join us at our first rehearsal of the season in 13 October 2004.
Barbara Ayers, President
Kathleen Holt, Vice President
David Morrell, Secretary
Edwin Weaver, Treasurer
Rita Starzyk, Assistant Treasurer