We are looking for new singers in every voice part!
Led by Dr. Jonathan Harvey, 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 Paul Phillips 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 Jonathan 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 Jonathan.
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.
DR. JONATHAN HARVEY is thrilled to be in his eighth season with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus. In addition to his position as Chorus Director with PVS, he is Assistant Professor of Music at Fitchburg State University, and Music Director and Conductor of the South Hadley Chorale.
With the PVS Chorus, Jonathan has prepared or led performances of Poulenc’s Gloria, Mass in time of war by Haydn, Belshazzar’s Feast by Walton, Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, Faure’s Requiem, Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, Philip Glass’s Symphony no. 7, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, among many others. He also founded the PVS Chamber Choir, and during his tenure the PVS Chorus and Chamber Choir have collaborated with the Hampshire Choral Society, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Franklin County Community Chorus, Novi Cantori, the choirs of Greenfield High School and the Deerfield Academy, folk singer Lorre Wyatt, and composers David Mosher, Gregory W. Brown, and Gwyneth Walker, among others.
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.