JOIN OUR CHORUS!

We welcome new singers in every voice part!

Led by interim Chorus Director E. Wayne Abercrombie and assistant conductor Anthony C. Ferreira, our passionate chorus consists of up to 80 music professionals and enthusiasts from Massachusetts and Vermont.

We look for singers who love music and want to experience the full spectrum of choral music. Since we only meet once a week, we are looking for musicians who are committed to spending time in and out of rehearsal to prepare, but we have plenty of resources to help each singer achieve their musical goals. Our singers are hard-working, fun-loving performers who are eager to welcome new folks to the group!

The chorus meets once a week (excluding concert week schedules) and performs pieces ranging from chants to pops, and from Mozart to Pärt. We generally perform with the orchestra two to three times per season, and special concerts or performance opportunities are sometimes added in advance of the season.

For those interested in more of a challenge or an opportunity to showcase their voice in a smaller group, the PVS Chamber Choir is a selective choir made up of PVS Chorus members. This small group (around 18 singers) performs beautiful, a cappella pieces of various styles.

Rehearsals:

Tuesday Evenings, 7:00-9:00PM

Most Holy Redeemer Church

Hadley, MA

REHEARSALS

Tuesday evenings

7 - 9 PM

Most Holy Redeemer Church:

120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035
 

The Chamber Choir practices after the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus rehearsal starting at 9pm.

 

Generally during the week of a given concert we also have rehearsal on Wednesday night with the orchestra and Maestro Tianhui Ng during their regular rehearsal time. We will have a dress rehearsal with the orchestra on either Thursday or Friday. The Tuesday and Wednesday rehearsals are usually in the regular rehearsal venue with the dress rehearsal in the performance venue. Announcements about changes will be made via email or at rehearsals.

 

Rehearsals are fun! We socialize and get to know our fellow singers. Rehearsals are also critical work times, and attendance is vital. Every voice is important!

 

As a general rule, singers should miss no more than one rehearsal in a short concert cycle or three rehearsals in a long cycle. If it is necessary to miss a rehearsal, please contact your Section Leader in advance. If you have unusual circumstances that affect your attendance, you should consult with the director.

PERFORMANCES

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus performs with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra in several concerts each season. In addition, the chorus also presents dedicated choral concerts.

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus also contains the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir, a small chamber group dedicated to a cappella choral music of all periods. Together, we explore the full range of choral genres and periods.

HOW DO I JOIN?

Chorus membership is open to singers who are familiar with basic music notation. In addition, you will need to have the ability to hear and sing a line of music and make a commitment to attend rehearsals and practice independently.


We accept inquiries throughout the year from singers interested in joining the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus. If you wish to join the chorus, please call the office at 413-773-3664 or email us. We will schedule a placement hearing which is intended to help our chorus director to get an understanding of what vocal part suits you best. No preparation is required.

FEES

Membership is $80* for one semester. Your membership means that you and your loved ones are part of the Pioneer Valley Symphony family.

Member benefits include:

  • Member prices tickets to all PVS concerts

  • Opportunity to join the chamber choir

  • Invitations to members-only social events

If the financial contribution is a barrier, talk with a member of the Chorus Committee to discuss scholarship, payment plans, and volunteer exchange opportunities. 

2020-2021 VIRTUAL CHOIR PROJECTS

Ta lendab mesipuu poole (Estonian)
July 2020

Winter Wonderland

December 2020

But Not for Me (Gershwin)

March 2021

CHORUS DIRECTOR

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E. Wayne Abercrombie is professor of music emeritus, former director of choral activities at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and will be the PVS Chorus' interim direction during the upcoming transitional season. 

Wayne has conducted choirs and orchestras, taught, and lectured nationally and internationally. A graduate of Westminster Choir College (B.M., M.M.) and Indiana University (D. Mus., With Highest Distinction), he has conducted All-State choirs in Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, among others, and is 2016 conductor of the New Hampshire All-State choir. His orchestral experience includes three years as Director of the UMass Orchestra, and as a conductor of the Five College Orchestra, as well a guest conductor of the All New England and Massachusetts All-State orchestras.

He has been guest conductor, teacher, or lecturer at Amherst College, Boston University, Northeastern University, Temple University, Western New England University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, at the Seventh Taipei International Choral Festival, University of Massachusetts Summer Choral Institute, Yale University, and the University of Delaware Choral Academy in Aix-en-Provence, France. As Past President of Massachusetts and Eastern Division ACDA, he has also presented interest sessions on conducting for state and division conferences. He is a co-founder and former Artistic Director and Conductor of the Children’s Chorus of Springfield (MA) and a member of IFCM and NAfME.

As part of his continuing interest in the teaching and learning of conducting, he has observed the Eric Ericsson Masterclass (Haarlem The Netherlands), classes in conducting at the University of Birmingham (UK), Yale University and others, and has been Chair and Co- Chair of the Conducting Masterclasses of the ACDA Eastern Division (2014 and 2016). He was Massachusetts ACDA Conductor of the Year (2007) and is the recipient of the Choral Arts New England Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) and the Eastern Division ACDA Helen Kemp Award (2014).

He feels most fortunate to have his joy be his profession, to be able to continue practicing it, and to have experienced the teaching of Julius Herford, Nicholas Harsanyi, Don V Moses, Fiora Contino, Warren Martin, and Ray and Virginia Smathers. He is inspired by both experienced and younger colleagues who are moving the profession forward. Especially gratifying is life with his wife, Kayla Werlin, and seeing his wonderful children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow into such caring folks.