Community Chorus welcoming new members

By Judy Henderson - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Thu., Jan. 26, 2012
Members of the tenor and bass sections of the Chorus, including (l-r) Bruce Twambly, Will Kelly, Chris Rataic, Wade Signor and Joe Rataic. Photos by Judy Henderson.
Members of the tenor and bass sections of the Chorus, including (l-r) Bruce Twambly, Will Kelly, Chris Rataic, Wade Signor and Joe Rataic. Photos by Judy Henderson.

Having barely finished taking some well-deserved bows for their highly-successful Jan. 7 “Holiday Treasures” concert, the South Windsor Community Chorus began preparing for its next performance - a spring concert of Broadway favorites - by hosting a New Member Open House on Jan. 23 at South Windsor High School, where rehearsals are held each Monday evening.

Now in its 41st year, the South Windsor Community Chorus has evolved dramatically over the past four decades. What has never changed, however, is the joy that members share as they gather to rehearse or perform.

“We’re like a family,” explained Lee Mann, who is now in his 12th year as president of the chorus.

Pianist David Wallace, who has served as the group’s accompanist since 1996, agreed whole-heartedly. “I love it,” said Wallace. “It’s a great group of people to work with and we have fun.”

Indeed, according to music director Jo-Ann Thomas, who made her official debut just two weeks earlier, “Our mission is to have fun, to learn a little bit along the way, to do music that has meaning, and to do it well, because we having paying customers.”

Clearly, the balance of those three elements has been well struck, for even as Thomas was describing “the huge audience at the Jan. 7 concert,” applause could be heard from the practice room beyond, where members of the chorus were busy cheering the return of a fellow singer who had been away for a while. And soon after, following a few brief announcements about the upcoming season, the chorus offered yet another warm welcome to the five new members who had stood to introduce themselves.

Looking ahead, Thomas was excited to announce that the group’s spring concert, which is scheduled for June 2, will be, as ever, very “audience-friendly.” Said Thomas, “We have a very ‘fat’ concert coming up, featuring music from the dawn of Broadway all the way to the most contemporary!” Then she smiled with anticipation. “And next year we’re going to be doing some popular music, including songs by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett!”

New members are being accepted through Feb. 6. For more information, visit the website swchorus.org.


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