JOIN OUR CHORUS!
We welcome new singers in every voice part!
Led by Interim Chorus Director Sarah Paquet, our passionate chorus consists of up to 80 music professionals and enthusiasts from Massachusetts and Vermont.
The chorus meets once a week (excluding concert week schedules), and performs pieces ranging from chant to pops, and from Mozart to Part. 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 your 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.
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 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.
Chorus Concerts for the 2019-2020 Season:
Fall Chorus & Chamber Choir Concert
Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 4:00 pm
Second Congregational Church, Greenfield, MA
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 3:00 pm
Greenfield High School Auditorium, Greenfield MA
Spring Chorus & Chamber Choir Concert
Sunday, March 22, 2020 | 4:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, Northampton, MA
Poulenc Gloria • Dvorak Te Deum
Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 7:30pm
Greenfield High School Auditorium, Greenfield, MA
Please view our events and concerts to get an overview of our performances this year.
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. John's Episcopal Church:
48 Elm St., Northampton, MA 01060
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 also 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 dress-rehearsal in the performance venue, although this is subject to change. Announcements about changes will be made via email or at rehearsals.
Rehearsals are fun and a time to socialize and get to know our fellow singers, but rehearsals are also critical work times. Attendance of singers at all rehearsals is vitally important, since the conductor needs to monitor the overall sound of voices, assign parts for divisi sections, and listen for sections that need additional work. Every singer 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 Sarah.
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.
Membership is $80 for one semester* which includes your music. Your membership means that you and your loved ones are part of the Pioneer Valley Symphony family. As such we give you some benefits.
Member benefits include:
Member prices on Season Flex Passes and Single Tickets
Opportunity to join the chamber choir
Invitations to members-only social events
Social events include gatherings before rehearsal, hiking tours and social 15 when members bring in snacks.
*We want you! If the membership fee would prohibit your ability to join, talk with a member of the Chorus Committee to discuss scholarship/volunteer opportunities.
Sarah Paquet currently serves as Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Smith College, where she leads choral ensembles, teaches musicianship, and maintains an undergraduate voice studio. She was recently appointed Interim Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus for its 2019-2020 season.
Prior to joining the faculty at Smith, Sarah was Director of Choral Activities at Avon Old Farms School (Avon, CT). While at Avon, she taught five curricular ensembles, directed musical theater productions, and served as head of the music department. Additionally, she led the school's select ensemble, the Riddlers, on a performance tour of France and England. Her past appointments include director roles at University of Detroit Jesuit High School (Detroit, MI) and St. Mary Student Parish (Ann Arbor, MI).
While completing her coursework at Yale, Sarah served as the assistant conductor of the Yale Glee Club, directing the ensemble in tour performances throughout the country. In her work as an assistant conductor for the Yale Camerata, she prepared the choir for performances of masterworks such as Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, Stravinsky's Les noces, and Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Additionally, Sarah co-directed the Marquand Chapel Choir of Yale Divinity School.
A professional mezzo-soprano, Sarah has performed, toured and recorded with ensembles such as Audivi, University of Michigan Chamber Choir, and Yale Schola Cantorum.
Sarah's primary conducting teachers include Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, David Hill, Simon Carrington, Eugene Rogers, and Paul Rardin. She holds the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Michigan and the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Yale University.