Welcome to the West Village Chorale

Welcome to 2021-2022, where 51 is the new 50!

September is nearly here!  We’re excited to turn the page and open a new season—our 50th(ish)—as a choir!

This coming season we are planning several concerts and other events to welcome live choral music back to NYC!

December brings back our annual Holiday Concert to Judson, along with our Messiah Sing and Caroling Walk, and then in March, we’re thrilled to celebrate our golden anniversary (!) with a gala performance where we welcome back each of our beloved former directors—from our founder Gwen Gould (Artistic Director from 1971-1998); Dr. Andrew Megill (1998-2000); Michael Conley (2000-2015); Dr. Malcolm J. Merriweather (2015-2016).

The 2021-2022 season concludes with our Spring Concert, where we bring to Judson the hauntingly beautiful All-Night Vigil of Sergei Rachmaninoff—the very piece we were days from presenting when the 2020 COVID lockdown forced us to cancel our performance.  We’re excited to get a second chance to share this powerful and moving work!

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Do You Miss Singing? Audition for the WVC!

The West Village Chorale will be holding in-person auditions for singers in all voice parts on Tuesday, September 7th at Judson Memorial Church.  Interested singers should contact us at westvillagechorale@gmail.com and fill out our audition form.

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WVC Spring Concert—If I Can Sing

Thank you to everyone who “attended” our Spring Concert!  

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These words of Sara Teasdale (set by Elaine Hagenberg) provided the title for our concert—our first performance together in over a year!  We were thrilled to be able to sing together again, and happy to be able to share it with our friends, family and supporters—even if we’re not able to welcome you in person (yet).

We offer our heartfelt thanks to our Artistic Director, Colin Britt, for conceiving a program that was a testament to the power of the human voice and our resilience in the face of unprecedented isolation, and to our pianist Elena Belli and cellist (and frequent collaborator) David Blasher for bringing their phenomenal artistry to our performance.

Special thanks also go to our audio engineer, Christopher Greenleaf, and our videographer Dylan Bank, with a tip of the hat to our Zoom wizard, Liam McNamara.

We hope to welcome you at our next performance at Judson in the coming months!


Looking back at 2020…

In a year unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes, it has been wonderful to to sing “together” even if only virtually, thanks to the magic of technology—and the hard work and ingenuity of some of our WVC family!  Making music in 2020 required us all to learn new ways of being together—apart, and the choral singing that brings us so much joy has been no different.  (“Who ever knew that a choral singing hobby would be more dangerous than a skydiving hobby?” one of our members has mused.)  We are grateful for your support of our evolving musical endeavors.

We’re pleased to offer this video from our 2020 holiday concert, a performance of Mark A. Miller’s “Dona Nobis Pacem,” as a reminder of the power of music and an expression of hope for peace and safety for all people.

Special thanks to James Bilodeau for audio engineering and to Liam McNamara for video editing.  Shared with permission from Mark A. Miller.


Ordering Online?  Support the WVC While You Shop

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If you are shopping online at Amazon.com this spring/summer, you can support the WVC at the same time!

Through its AmazonSmile program, the online retailer allows you to chose a charity to support; 0.5% of the value of your eligible purchases will then be donated to the charitable organization of your choice.  We’ve been fortunate to have participated in this program for several years now, and the numbers add up!

To get started, instead of going to www.amazon.com, go to https://smile.amazon.com.  When you see “Select Charity,” look for the West Village Chorale Inc”!  From there, you can shop as you normally would, and know that a portion of your spending will help support the WVC!