Join the Chorale
The Westchester Chorale is an auditioned avocational chorus devoted to the performance of the great choral literature. The approximately 50 men and women that form the Chorale are avid singers drawn from many walks of life. Some earn their livings as musicians; others are active in such professions as medicine, law and teaching; others yet are students, homemakers and retirees. Most live in Westchester County, though some travel to sing with us from New York City and nearby New Jersey and Connecticut. Our diversity is rooted in a shared and deep devotion to working together, under the inspiring guidance of our Music Director, Douglas Kostner, to create outstanding performances of wonderful music. Our rehearsals are challenging on many artistic levels while also full of the sheer joy of making glorious music together.
In addition to our regular Tuesday evening rehearsals during the season, members meet for sectional practice and in small ensemble groups, for a madrigal-like singing experience, to enhance vocal development. An ability to read music is required for membership in the Chorale. We also offer free sight-reading instruction to help members refresh and improve their skills.
Advanced singers may participate in Capriol, the vocal chamber ensemble of the Westchester Chorale.
We extend a warm welcome to singers in all voice parts to get to know us by participating in a rehearsal during the first three weeks of each semester (after that, auditors may attend a rehearsal by prior arrangement). You will be welcomed at the door, introduced to Chorale members, including a “buddy” for the evening who will sit with you in your vocal section and provide you with copies of our rehearsal music. At the break, we will share refreshments, chat with you about your musical interests, answer any questions you may have and introduce you to our Music Director. This is a relaxing way to get to know us and have a great musical evening. To arrange a visit, please contact us.
Arrange for an audition with our Music Director
Meet with our Music Director before or after rehearsal. He will arrange a brief audition with you, which will have two parts. The first part is designed to assess such factors as your vocal range and timbre through simple vocal exercise. You will then be asked to sing a classical or semi-classical song of your choice (be sure to bring along an extra copy of the music for our pianist). If you do not have such a song prepared, you may instead sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
In welcoming you as a member of the Westchester Chorale, we commit ourselves to providing you with the opportunity to sing a varied repertoire of great choral music with fine professional soloists and instrumentalists and to strive to achieve the highest standards of performance. To do this we must be able to plan our activities well in advance. Thus we, in turn, must require your commitment to give the Chorale high priority for the period of one full season (fall and spring), by attending all rehearsals regularly and promptly, by studying the music between rehearsals and by meeting your financial obligations to the Chorale in a timely manner.
In accepting membership, you agree to make this commitment to the Chorale:
Dues: $225, annually, payable no later than the first Tuesday in November.
Purchase of tickets: 4 tickets at $25 ($100), payable 4 weeks before the major concert in each of the two semesters that comprise the season ($200 annually).
Tickets purchased by members may be resold or distributed on a complimentary basis. Members are urged to return undistributed tickets to the President for resale at the door. Such returns are tax-deductible contributions and receipts will be issued for them. It is through this procedure that an accurate estimate of ticket distribution can be maintained.
Purchase of music scores:
The Chorale will make scores of the works to be performed available for purchase by members. These costs are payable on receipt of the music.
Financial obligations may be waived in full or in part for members for whom they represent a significant hardship. Confidential requests for waivers may be directed to the Treasurer of the Chorale.
P.O. Box 836
Larchmont, NY 10538