Choral Society seeks joyful voices to help make beautiful music

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Hilton Head Choral Society

Tim Reynolds, director of the Hilton Head Choral Society, is looking for team players to join the singing group for its 2019-2020 season. "It's a team sport, stage performance and athletic event all in one," Reynolds said.

Anyone - with any choral experience - who might be interested in checking out the possibilities may sit in on a Sunday rehearsal, starting July 7, at 7 p.m. at the Cypress Clubhouse, 20 Lady Slipper Lane in Hilton Head Plantation.

Depth of experience is irrelevant, Reynolds said. "We have all level of singers, some with a lifetime of experience from church choir to major orchestra chorus," he said. "And then we have folks who haven't sung in quite awhile because of jobs, family commitments, etc., and are now at a point where they would like to be in an ensemble again."

There is no audition required, just a love of singing. Singers should be at least 18 years old, in any vocal range. The ability to read music will be helpful, but is not required.

"There is nothing like making music in an ensemble," Reynolds said. "We had a tag line a few seasons ago that really sums it up nicely: 'Come Share the Joy.'"

Rehearsals are held weekly from July through May with breaks for the Christmas holidays, Reynolds said. "We usually take a spring break for a couple of weeks, and we take from Memorial Day through the July 4th weekend off."

Reynolds said it's not mandatory that members sing in every concert. The chorus includes a few "snowbird" members. "We have some folks who are only here in the winter who sing the spring concert," he said.

The four annual concerts present a diverse repertoire, from Broadway to Classical, from Pops to patriotic, with selections from the American Song Book and many holiday favorites. A professional chamber orchestra accompanies most concerts.

Reynolds said the Choral Society is unique among civic choruses, "in that we sing three of our concerts each season with a chamber orchestra. There are not many civic choruses that have that opportunity," he said.

The Choral Society is a member of Chorus America, a national organization promoting the art of choral singing. When that organization's CEO Catherine Dehoney came to the island for a meeting with Reynolds, he said "she was surprised that the group could produce three performances a season with professional orchestra. 'You've got a little Shangri la here,' she said. No argument there from me."

For more information about the Choral Society, visit hiltonheadchoralsociety.org and click "Join Us," or call the membership chair at 843-298-4646.

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