SING WITH US
September through May
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
There's nothing like sharing the joy of singing.
Now in our eighth decade, the Chorale tries to uphold its tradition of choral excellence established so many years ago right here in Framingham. With weekly rehearsals, September through May, and under the spirited leadership of our exceptionally talented Music Director Steven Lipsitt, we perform a wide range of choral music, often with a professional orchestra and soloists.
Qualification for Membership
(from the Heritage Chorale Bylaws)
“Membership is open to all individuals, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, handicap, gender or sexual preference who: (i) pass an entrance audition by the music director/conductor; and (ii) pay membership and other fees as determined by the Board of Directors.”
"If music be the food of love, play on"
from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
The Heritage Chorale might be just right for you!
Not only do Chorale members love to sing, they love to sing with each other. Whether in rehearsals or performances, we feel very fortunate to be making wonderful music together. Though safety considerations may keep us physically separate for an uncertain period of time, we are committed to maintaining a flourishing Chorale community. Learn more about us using these links:
- Music Director, Steven Lipsitt
- Accompanist / Associate Conductor, Kevin Neal
- A Sample from the Chorale's Rutter concert
Though Fall 2020 will be different in many ways, the Chorale will still be enthusiastically recruiting new members and conducting auditions. And this year, we also are able to accept Chorale alums who would like to rejoin the group for our 2020 – 2021 Season's "virtual" activities. Alums wishing to sing again with the Chorale may email the Membership Lead directly.
For prospective new members, auditions will take place online in September, and will include three components:
#1 COMPLETION OF AUDITION FORM
The brief form on this page should be completed by Monday, September 14. After we receive it and your video, you will be contacted by our Membership Lead to schedule your Zoom meeting and provide meeting access details.
#2 A VIDEO SUBMISSION - Due by Monday, September 14
Submit a pre-recorded video of yourself singing a song of your own choosing. This can be accompanied or a cappella, and videos recorded on your phone are perfectly fine - there’s no need for elaborate recording equipment. Most smart phones have a simple camera function. Art songs, arias, folk songs, hymns, or musical theater selections are all good choices - choose something you enjoy singing and that demonstrates the sound of your voice and your musical personality. The singing excerpt should be 1-2 minutes long. You can also use the video as an opportunity to share or demonstrate other musical abilities you may have, but this is not required. Please send your video by Monday, September 14, directly to the Chorale's Music Director, Steven Lipsitt, firstname.lastname@example.org, with a subject heading that includes your full name and the words “HC Audition”.
#3 A ZOOM MEETING with the music director and a small selection of Chorale members
Your audition will take about 10 - 15 minutes and you do not need to prepare anything in advance. You’ll have a chance to chat with our Director about your musical background and interests, and do a few short vocalises, ear-training exercises, and some (non-threatening!) sight-reading. Sight-reading is only one aspect of the audition, so if it’s not your strong point, please don’t worry. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet some of our Chorale members and ask them any questions you might have.