Choral society seeks singersPublished 10:10pm Monday, January 20, 2014
For those who always seem to have a song in their heart, or on their lips, the Beaufort County Choral Society may be just the outlet needed.
The choral society meets for its first spring concert rehearsal Thursday at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Grace Harwell Senior Center in Washington.
“It’s just people who want to sing,” said choral society Chairman Judi Hickson. “We have varying levels. We don’t have people come try out, they just come and sing.”
Hickson has been part of the group since shortly after her move from Port Washington, N.Y. A member of the chorus in high school, an a cappella group in college and a founder of the women’s a cappella group Willow in New York, Hickson said the choral society is seeking new, and returning, members for its spring production. The program will consist of a little bit of jazz, a little bit of bebop, some scared music, along with a few show tunes.
“It’s always a very varied program,” Hickson said.
The choral society is well known for their annual Christmas performances but their spring concerts are more fun, according to choral society member Larry Ahlman. Ahlman sings with the Presbyterian Church choir and barbershop quartet Men ‘n a Chord, in addition to the choral society.
“It’s just a change of pace. A lot of people in there are church singers, mainly, or sang back in high school. For me, it gives me something to sing other than church music,” Ahlman laughed.
“The spring program is usually pretty fun — it gives you the opportunity to sing a lot of different stuff,” he added.
The upcoming concert represents a return to the Turnage Theater — newly re-opened by the Beaufort County Arts Council — on Friday night, as well as the traditional Sunday afternoon performance at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath.
“That is always standing room only, because the people in Bath are very good to us,” Hickson said.
While individual and business donations help offset operational costs, each choral society member chips in $35 per semester to help pay for the music.
“We always encourage those who have been with us before to join us again,” Hickson said. “And we can always use male voices.”