We are looking for new singers in every voice part!
Led by Interim Chorus Director Gregory W. Brown, our passionate chorus consists of over 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!
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.
Rehearsal takes place every Tuesday at Most Holy Redeemer Church:
120 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035
7pm to 9pm
The Chamber Choir practices after the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus rehearsal starting at 9pm.
Generally during the week of a given concert we also 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 Greg 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 Greg.
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.
Please view our events and concerts to get an overview of our performances this year.
GREGORY W. BROWN is excited to join the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus as the Interim Chorus Director.
Greg is a freelance conductor in Western Massachusetts, having recently finished a three-year appointment as Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer at Smith College in Northampton, MA, where he conducted the Smith College Chorus and taught conducting, choral literature, and sight-singing. Prior to his time at Smith College, Brown served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at The College of Wooster, where he conducted the Wooster Chorus. Other positions have included posts conducting at Amherst College, the University of Georgia, and The Putney School.
In January of 2004, he was one of 6 conductors chosen from an international pool to take part in the 24th National Conductor’s Symposium with Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Though primarily a choral conductor, Brown also conducts chamber and orchestral music, with a special interest in new music. Other recent engagements include acting as chorus master for the Five College Opera, and interim director of choral activities at Amherst College for spring 2018.
Brown’s compositions have been performed across the United States and Europe — most notably in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Cadogan Hall in London, and the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His commissions for vocal ensemble New York Polyphony have been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today, BBC Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, and Danish National Radio; his Missa Charles Darwin received its European debut in March 2013 at the Dinosaur Hall of Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde.
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. These 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.