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2013-01-31 / Community News

Brenham Chorale seeks performers for April showcase

Free memberships open to talented, ‘tuneful’ singers.

One of the oldest musical groups in Brenham is seeking new members in preparation for its April performance at Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.

The Brenham Chorale, part of Blinn College’s fine arts department but not limited to Blinn students, has brought choral music to Brenham since 1974 and recently performed Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall in New York City. But to continue creating the large-scale choral experience that makes it so unique, the chorale is recruiting new members in preparation for its upcoming performance.

“Individual church choirs do a great service for their parish, but their numbers don’t allow them to take on repertoires of a larger nature,” said Brenham Chorale Director Jason Phillips. “You need a substantial chorus to do that, and if there is not a chorus here in town that does it, the only way that would be available to anyone in this community would be to travel to Houston or Austin. Having that sort of culture in Brenham is a real gift.”

The chorale is open to residents from across the Brazos Valley and membership is free from fees or dues.

“The only thing we require is their voice,” Phillips said.

Practices are held once per week, from 6:30-8:30 on Monday nights. Each November, the chorale conducts a Christmas concert, and in the spring the chorale performs an eclectic selection of choral music. This year’s performance features “Five Mystical Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The chorale does not hold auditions, and Phillips said choir members need only use their voice in a tuneful way.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean pretty. It just means you can make notes that match what your neighbor is singing in a given section,” Phillips said.

“This offers an opportunity for people of all faith backgrounds and from across the political spectrum to come together and be united by the common goal of making beautiful music. That’s a wonderful thing for a community. It gives people a common ground that’s really irreplaceable.”

To join the chorale, contact Phillips at 979-830-4239.

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