The South Hadley Chorale was founded in 1984 as the South Hadley Community Chorus to celebrate Bach’s 300th anniversary. Under the direction of the founder, Dr. Barbara Conant, Bach’s Mass in B minor was performed in the inaugural year. We now rehearse each year starting in October and, in March, perform with orchestra and soloists a concert consisting of one or more classical masterworks. Our members are drawn from South Hadley, Massachusetts and surrounding Pioneer Valley communities.
Jonathan Harvey returns for his third season as conductor of SHC. Our March 2013 concert celebrates nature and will include a secular cantata by Mendelssohn entitled Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Gwyneth Walker’s Acquaintance With Nature. The South Hadley Children's Chorus will join us to perform an arrangement by Nick Page from Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha and a piece by Elizabeth Alexander called We Lift Up Our Hearts.
Over the years we have performed a variety of major choral works by Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Bruckner, Dvorak, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rutter, Schubert and Vivaldi. We continue to welcome new singers. While there are no auditions, most of the men and women have had some choral singing experience. Cost to members for the 2012-2013 season is $60 which includes music and dues. Partial scholarships are available. Please contact us for information about how to become a member.
The South Hadley Children’s Chorus takes part in our March concert along with appearances in a number of public concerts throughout the year.