Blanche Moyse Chorale holds auditions for October Bach concert

BRATTLEBORO — The Blanche Moyse Chorale, a program of the Brattleboro Music Center, is scheduling auditions for new members in all vocal sections.

The chorale is preparing a production of J.S. Bach's “Short Mass in F” with two motets and orchestral works on Columbus Day weekend this fall. Auditions for the performance will be scheduled during the week of May 8, with rehearsals to follow.

Those planning to audition should be experienced in choral singing, capable of learning music independently, and not intimidated by foreign languages.

The chorale, founded in 1978, is a chamber chorus of about 30 voices, who strive to attain the high level of musical artistry exemplified by its original director, Blanche Moyse. Although based in the Brattleboro area, the chorale includes singers from the tri-state region and beyond. Weekly rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings at The Putney School.

Since 2007, under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha, the chorale has performed works by Handel, Copland, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Britten, Palestrina, Brahms, and especially J.S. Bach. Recent Bach concerts have included his “Magnificat,” “Mass in B-minor,” “Christmas Oratorio,” “St. John Passion,” and several cantatas and motets.

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