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 Winter concert will consist of two extended works by the prodigiously inventive, contemporary Estonian composer, Urmas Sisask: Magnificat and Te Deum.  Larry Gordon 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. 

The Te Deum is a larger scale work for eight-part double chorus accompanied by a quintet of strings and flute.  This piece is largely based on the Gregorian chant melody of the Te Deum text.  Sisask uses this melody with variations throughout the piece, alternatively sung by every combination of voice parts in every vocal range.  Various sections begin quietly and build to huge dramatic climaxes. The instrumental accompaniment is also extraordinary, especially the flute part which will be played by local favorite musician Karen Kevra. 

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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