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 fourth season as conductor of SHC. Our March 16, 2014 concert will feature Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor. There will also be two short English Renaissance madrigals. The South Hadley Children’s Chorus will join us to perform Paul Halley’s United in Song.
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 2013-2014 season is $75 with a range of $65-75 acceptable and some partial scholarships are available. This cost includes music and dues. 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.