Sing With Onion River Chorus

Onion River Chorus Fall Program 2021

Onion River Chorus, the community chorus based in Montpelier, is looking for more singers for all voice parts.  No auditions required.  Some music reading ability helpful.   Rehearsals for our winter program begin Monday, September 13, and our concerts will be December 18-19. Rehearsals are held at Christ Episcopal Church on State St. in Montpelier, upstairs in the Taplin Auditorium on Monday nights from 7-9pm. Please arrive at 6:45 on the first Monday to register and get music. 

At least for this fall semester. participation in the chorus will be limited to those who have been fully Covid-19 vaccinated.  At present this is the only way that we feel confident that singing together will be fully safe. We regret that we cannot grant exemptions at this time. Please bring your vaccination card to the first rehearsal on Sept. 13.

The program for the December concert will consist of Magnificat by the prodigiously inventive, contemporary Estonian composer Urmas Sisask. In honor of Larry Gordon’s passing the chorus will also sing a selection of shape note songs. Richard Riley will conduct.

The Magnificat is for four-part a cappella voices, in twelve movements, setting each verse of the traditional Latin text. Each of the first ten movements is based on a different five-note pentatonic scale and uses only those five notes in all the vocal parts, giving the harmonies and melodies a wonderful modal feeling. Within that structure, each movement is strikingly different: some are quiet and meditative, others extremely dramatic; some have simple repeated rhythms, others are more complex; some movements are homophonic with all the voices moving together, others are highly contrapuntal. 

Tuition for participation in the chorus is $75 for the semester plus the cost of music which will be $40 for both scores ($25 for those who already have the Magnificat score from spring 2020), payable at the first rehearsal.  Partial scholarships are available. 

For more information contact:

Cherie Staples: or call 802-476-2541

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