The spring 2020 session of Chorus will begin on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm beginning on March 4 at All Souls Church, or on Thursdays from 10 am - noon beginning on March 5 at the Brattleboro Music Center.
The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will begin their spring session with open rehearsals the first week of March. To celebrate the 100thanniversary of women’s right to vote, the theme of the songs will be of strength, solidary, and suffrage. Following the Chorus’s concerts in May, those who choose to can join a repeat performance of several songsat WomenSing100, a singing gathering in honor of women’s strength and voting rights to be held in Worcester, MA in August.
The first two rehearsals are open for any women or girls age 10 and older to check out with no obligation whether Chorus is right for them. 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.
Two rehearsal options are offered and will begin on Wednesday night, March 4 from 6:30-8:30 at All Souls Universalist Church in W. Brattleboro and on Thursday morning, March 5 from 10:00-noon at the Brattleboro Music School on Blanche Moyse Way across the Memorial Park.
Can't make the first rehearsals? No problem! We accept new members through our second week of rehearsals. Singers may attend either or both the Wednesday night and Thursday morning rehearsals.
For links to possible songs and more information about the coming semester, read our director, Becky Graber's letter to chorus members about early registration (this letter also contains the registration form).
Unique to this chorus is that all music has been taught aurally (by ear) by director Becky Graber for the 23 years since she founded it, even music with multiple and complicated parts. While this teaching style is uncommon in this country, it is used widely in the British Isles and has been used throughout history to pass down music. The chorus provides additional written music on occasion, but practice recordings and word sheets are always given to help with home practice. This learning method makes chorus accessible to all women who want to sing.
The chorus will be preparing for concerts on Mother's Day Weekend in May. Singers are welcome to come and sing weekly whether or not they will perform in the concerts.
Are you looking for healthful ways to feel good? Singing has been shown to do just that! And the Brattleboro Women's Chorus offers any woman or girl age 10 and over the opportunity to create music in a community of other singers.
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!
While many singers enjoy performing, some prefer to sing weekly and not participate in the concert at the end of the session. The fee is $120 for adults, family pairs are $190 and students are $70. Financial aid is available so that chorus can be affordable to all. Our Financial Aid application can be found here and can be submitted with a $20 deposit by the date listed on the application.