We are offering a new virtual membership and lecture series in order to navigate the current public health crisis. Based on the survey, rehearsals will take place online via Zoom. We will perform Handel’s Messiah as our next concert in late spring 2021 if it's safe.

Click here for information on how to sign up for our fall lecture series and/or rehearsals (it's not too late to join!) 

Lecture topics for the fall lecture series with Cailin Marcel Manson are as follows:



Choral Sound "In My Ears": For years, colleagues have asked me what my "secret" was for achieving robust, full, expressive singing from the non-auditioned choruses I've led. Take a brief journey through some vocal pedagogy with me and see how these ideas about training singers show up all the time in rehearsals.

Lecture September 21, 7pm 

Lecture Q&A September 28, 7pm



"On Conducting": Über das Dirigieren was Richard Wagner's groundbreaking treatise -- or manifesto -- on the art of conducting and, by extension, shaping musical and dramatic art for artistic experience. Together, we'll examine what a conductor does and doesn't do -- can't do -- and why ensembles and conductors have such a strong mutual need.

Lecture October 12, 7pm

Lecture Q&A October October 19, 7pm



Music Theory, What's the point?: Musis Theory and its study is the basis for most "musicianship" training for Western Music. We'll look at how having this knowledge can increase and inform one's ability to interpret the repertoire, but at the same time it can both enhance and detract from the performance and experience of the music.

Lecture November 9, 7pm

Lecture Q&A November 16, 7pm



Messiah -- In Perspective: Why has this oratorio endured and why does it even matter now? Outside of the obvious religious context and the colonialist and triumphalist undertones, the collection of scriptural texts that Jennens gathered to reflect on the figure of "Messiah"and Handel's musical treatment of them offer us, as 21st Century performers and listeners, more to ponder and consider than we expect  -- or even want to -- when dealing with such a familiar, hallowed masterwork. However, in this talk we are going to "go there," in order to see this work with fresh eyes and hear its call to our better selves with fresh ears.

Lecture December 7, 7pm

Lecture Q&A December 14, 7pm




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