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, music director, returns for his sixth season as conductor of SHC. The theme of our 2015-16 season will be "Under the Apple Boughs." Our concert on March 13, 2016 will feature Shubert’s Mass no. 2 in G major with orchestra and professional soloists. We will perform Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine in collaboration with the South Hadley Children’s Chorus. Our program will also include Corigliano’s Fern Hill and Vaughan Williams’ In Windsor Forest.
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. The cost to members for dues and music is $75. 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.