Where can you raise your voice (this year)?

by beth on September 1, 2016

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Above: The Southborough Senior Songsters entertained with “Country Capers” in a past year. (Photo cropped from Southborough Access Media’s video)

Once again its time to share choices for Southborough adults who want to belt out some tunes (outside of the shower).

For senior citizens, we have:

Southborough Senior Songsters (no auditions)

This singing group of about 30 members is affiliated with the Southborough Senior Center. They meet weekly at the Senior Center on Tuesdays at 11:00 am.

The Senior Songsters put on 2-3 shows each year at the Senior Center and also perform at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the area. Performances feature the full chorus as well as solos, duets and small group numbers.

There are no auditions to join the chorus and the only requisites are to be over 60 and enjoy singing. The fall newsletter shares:

The first gathering will be on Tuesday, September 13th at 11:00am. A number of special performances are planned. No auditions are required and no age limit to join this enthusiast group of seniors who enjoy singing and laughing. Call me, Jim Duncan, at 508-355-2091, if you need more information.

For non-senior adults, I can’t find any in-town options. So, here are some regional choral groups that welcome adult members from the Southborough community. 

The Northborough Area Community Chorus (no auditions)

Their website shares that NACC “was formed in the spring of 1972 and has grown from a few hearty people of Adult Education Classes at Algonquin Regional High School, who enjoyed singing, to a spirited blend of 60 SATB voices. “

NACC begins weekly rehearsals for its Christmas Concert on Tuesday, September 13, and new members are always welcome.  Rehearsals are held Tuesday nights at  at 7:30 pm in the choral room of Algonquin Regional High School.

The chorus, under the direction of founder Anthony Volpe from Westborough with piano accompanist David Rose from Shrewsbury, represents 16 local communities.  The chorus is supported in part with grants from the Northborough, Westborough, Marlborough, Shrewsbury and Southborough Cultural Councils.

For more information, call Tom Volpe at 508-366-7307 or visit www.nacc.net

Westborough Community Chorus (no auditions)

My family has enjoyed going to their annual Christmas and Spring concerts for years. Full disclosure, that’s because my father is a performing member (and former president) who always buys us tickets.

He always says that it’s a wonderful way to have fun with people who share a love for singing. (No auditions to join this group.)

The schedule shows rehearsals for their holiday show begin Wednesday, September 7th. After that, rehearsals are generally Monday evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm at the Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Road.

You can find more information at westborochorus.com.

Assabet Valley Mastersingers (auditions required)

AVM is “a regional chorus representing over twenty towns in the Metro-West region. The membership of about 75 vocalists is diverse, with some who are professionally trained while others have only school or church choir experience. The age of the members range from 20 to 80+ but the Student Apprentice Vocalist program also encourages high school students to rehearse and perform with AVM.”

Interested singers are invited to attend an open rehearsals as they prepare for their three concerts each year: Fall, Winter, Spring. Open rehearsals for the fall concert are in swing. The final two are scheduled for September 6 and 12, 7:30 pm at Church of the Nativity, 45 Howard St., Northborough. (Details on what is entailed can be found here.)

For more information on AVM, visit www.avmsingers.org.

The Hundredth Town Chorus (No audtions – but you must be a woman)

The Hundredth Town Chorus of Westborough announced that they are “seeking female singers to participate in their four part chorus. No auditions are required, but the organization is in need of new voices of all ages for the upcoming season.”

Rehearsals run Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 11:00 am at the Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St. Their season kicks off next Wednesday, September 7th.

You can find out more here.

If you know of other singing groups you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment.

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