We’re always looking for talented instrumentalists and singers to join us in making music together.
We take pleasure in the quality of our performances, and a lot of that pleasure is in involving local musicians who play and sing for the love of it. Playing or singing with PVS is a great way to meet people who share your passion, and keep the music alive in your life.
- Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
- late August/September – May
- Parish Hall, Most Holy Redeemer Church, Hadley MA
Chorus membership is open to singers who are familiar with basic music notation, who have the ability to hear and sing a line of music, and who make a commitment to attend rehearsals and practice independently.
We accept new singers at the beginning of the fall semester (in August) and the beginning of the spring semester (in January). When you call the office at 413-773-3664 or email us, we will schedule a placement hearing, which is intended to help our conductor, Jonathan Harvey, get an understanding of what vocal part suits you best. No preparation is required.
Members range in age from high school to retirement years. We have a wide variety of backgrounds and professions, and come from over 40 communities in western Massachusetts and Vermont. Our members love to sing, and appreciate the challenge of learning a varied repertoire.
About the Chorus
The Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus is the choral ensemble within the award-winning Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, one of the oldest community orchestras in the country (just finished our 75th season!). Together we perform live orchestral and choral music for audiences throughout western Massachusetts.
The PVS Chorus performs with the PVS Orchestra in several concerts each season, and also presents dedicated choral concerts. The PVS Chorus contains the PVS 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.
Although firmly grounded in the classical tradition, PVS is recognized for its creative programming. Recent repertoire has included Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Mid-Winter Songs by Morten Lauridsen, Haydn’s Mass in time of war, Poulenc’s Gloria, and the brand-new Take Him, Earth by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky.
Hear Us In Action
Maestro Paul Phillips is serious. Serious about classical music, serious about a quality performance and serious about having fun, and it is this atmosphere that attracts between 70-90 incredibly talented volunteer members from across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. The PVS orchestra rehearses on Wednesday evenings from September to May at the Parish Hall of the Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, MA. Generally, the Orchestra presents five Saturday-evening concerts from October – May. During concert weeks, in addition to the Wednesday evening technical rehearsal, there is a Friday evening dress rehearsal the night before the concert.Some orchestral positions are stipended.
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Inquiries from players of all instruments are welcome. Please email Personnel Manager Erica Drake.