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Rio's Masterworks Chorale Seeks Members

August 28, 2012

The Masterworks Chorale at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College is looking for more members and is encouraging area residents to consider joining the group.

Made up of Rio Grande students, faculty and staff, along with local high school students and community members of all ages, the Masterworks Chorale is an outstanding group that performs at the end of the fall and spring semesters at Rio Grande each school year.

The Masterworks Chorale members rehearse on Monday evenings, from 7-9 p.m. in Room 115 in the Berry Fine and Performing Arts Centers. The members rehearse each Monday evening during the academic year, except for holidays such as the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 3, when there will not be a rehearsal.
All area residents are invited to join in, whether they have experience singing in a group or not.

“Although most members know how to read music, it is not a requirement,” Director Sarin Williams, DMA, explained. Williams, who also serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Rio Grande, will work with anyone who is interested in joining; all that is required is a love of singing and the desire to work diligently with the other members of the group to prepare for the performances.
The fall semester concert will be held on Nov. 18, and it will be a special concert that combines the Masterworks Chorale with the Rio Grande Symphonic Band.
“I’m very excited about this show and the opportunity to collaborate with the Symphonic Band,” Williams said. The Symphonic Band is also made up of Rio Grande students, faculty and staff,  along with local community members.
This year’s concert will feature the music from “A Christmas Cantata,” by composer Nils Lindberg.  The Swedish composer is known for his jazz songs, and this concert will feature jazz pieces that audience members will enjoy hearing.
“It will be an engaging and entertaining performance,” Williams said. The concert will feature solos and small group performances in the different songs, and Williams is pleased that the Masterworks Chorale members will be able to take part in this show. She added that she is also very impressed by the musicians in the Symphonic Band, and is excited about hearing them perform, too.
The concert will also feature some Christmas carol sing-along numbers that the audience members will enjoy.

Currently, the Masterworks Chorale has around 20 members, but Williams is looking to expand the group and eventually have up to 40 members.
The Masterworks Chorale members have a good time singing together each week, and it is a great way to get to know people from all ages from throughout the community. New members do not need to audition to be a part of the group.
For more information on joining the Masterworks Chorale, area residents are invited to stop by the rehearsals on Monday evenings in the Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Rio Grande campus, or they can call Williams at 1-800-282-7201 or 245-7124, or send her an e-mail at williamss@rio.edu.  For additional information on upcoming events at Rio Grande, as well as information on the wide range of academic programs offered on the university’s scenic campus, log onto www.rio.edu.