The fall 2021 semester of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus will begin on September 8th. Both in-person and Zoom options are available this semester!
Three rehearsal options offer flexibility for those who would like to join us to sing either in-person or online. Singers may choose one in-person rehearsal OR the Zoom rehearsal, however pre-registration is required for all singers (new and returning)! Can't make your in-person rehearsal one week? Come to the Zoom rehearsal! This fall, you may not come to any other rehearsal except the one you choose or Zoom. See "Register Online" below for links to register.
We are not offering "Open Rehearsals" as we have in the past where new people can check out chorus before they sign up. The complexity of offering three rehearsals, each with their own set of challenges and requirements, is requiring everyone (new singers and returning) to register for chorus in advance as soon as possible, but before September 7.
We’ll offer four options this fall; the first 6 weeks will be outside or Zoom, and we hope we can move inside after that. Hopefully you will find something here that suits you!
We will be requiring singer’s masks for indoor in-person singing, and strongly suggest them for our outdoor singing as well; singer’s masks are better for the singer and for the singer’s neighbors; they are designed to minimize the risk of passing on Covid (or receiving it) through aerosol droplets. They are also much more comfortable and fun to sing in than the masks we usually wear. We suggest the Resonance masks; and if you haven’t gotten one by our first rehearsal (this is preferred), please just wear one of your own regular masks that fits securely (no gaps) around your nose, cheeks and chin.
Our singing gatherings will begin September 8. Yay! It will be great to sing together again! Our session runs through November 19th. Things may shift and change, but for now, this is our plan:
2) Thursdays 6:30 – 7:45 pm at the Kiwanis Shelter in Living Memorial Park. (Vaccinations required, masks currently required for now). In case of foul weather, we’ll be on Zoom. After 6 weeks, we hope to move indoors at All Souls Church.
3) Fridays 10 – 11:15 am on Zoom. No vaccination or masks required :-)
To deal with logistics like parking and spacing, when you register, you’ll need to indicate if you plan to attend the Friday Zoom session OR which one of the first three in-person options you plan to attend. If you are unable to attend your in-person rehearsal of choice one week, you may always attend on Zoom, but you may not attend a different in-person option.
The fact that we have an online component enables us to reach out to anyone, no matter where they live, so be sure to invite your friends or family to sing with you!
The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus welcomes anyone aged 10 and older who identifies as a woman or non-binary, and whose vocal range comfortably includes the A in the middle of the treble staff. Rehearsals are a mix of warm ups, moving our bodies and singing some beautiful & uplifting songs that will carry you through your week.
The chosen music is an eclectic mix from around the world that is spirited and spiritual. To get a sense of the varied music we sing, here is a list of all the songs we've sung in our concerts or you can listen to a few sample tracks from our CD! During Covid times, songs tend to be easy to learn and sing along to from week to week.
The Chorus has been under the direction of Becky Graber since 1996 and is unique in that much of the music, even multiple and complicated parts, is taught by ear. Written music is available on occasion, but practice recordings and word sheets are always provided to help with learning.
Our adult fee for the semester is a sliding scale of $80-$150, family pairs are $190 and students are $70. Financial aid is available so that chorus can be affordable to all.
Registering for Chorus is easy:
LOCAL PRESS: The Commons on our Fall 2015 session