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Choirs for Adults

2011-2012 Symphonic Chorus Handbook (pdf)


The 75-voice SYMPHONIC CHORUS regularly presents Fall and Spring programs, and joins with the other Children's and Youth Ensembles for December's annual "Christmas with the Choral Society." Since 2001, the chorus has also regularly joined the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic in their annual December "Home for the Holidays" programs. The Chorus explores a wide range of repertoire, ranging from choral/orchestra or a cappella masterworks to contemporary premieres, including recent performances of Haydn's Creation, the Mozart, Rutter, and Faure Requiems, Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and Donald McCullough's Holocaust Cantata. To view a summary of our programming over the past decade, please visit our Recent Performances page.

Interested singers are accepted through private audition, purchase and retain their own musical scores, and pay a modest tuition of $75.00 per semester which includes 3 tickets to any of that semester's self-produced concerts. There is no official concert attire that must be purchased. Rather, women wear all black of their choice and men wear tuxedos or black suit with black bow tie.

Weekly rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm at Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, 1001 Main Street in Avoca. The church is easily accessed from Interstate 81 and conveniently located between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. To view the current season's calendar of rehearsal and performances, please visit our Rehearsal Calendars page.

The Society's adult chamber ensemble, THE CHORAL ARTISTS OF NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA, was formed in 2000 to collaborate with the Northeastern Philharmonic in special holiday performances of Handel's Messiah, and has subsequently collaborated with the internationally acclaimed Amernet String Quartet in the regional premiere of Mike Reid's Prairie Songs, and appeared on the Scranton Cultural Center's "Second Sunday" Series. The ensemble performs a wide variety of choral chamber music, with a special emphasis on music of the early Baroque. Members are selected by bi-annual audition and rehearse from 9:00-9:45 pm on Monday evenings at Langcliffe Presbyterian Church, following the conclusion of the weekly Symphonic Chorus meeting.


Choirs for Children and Youth

2013-2014 Children's and Youth Programs Handbook (pdf)


The Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania sponsors six unique choral ensembles serving children age 5 through high school:

Cantus Novus: Choir for children grades K-2.
Directed by Leslie Mason Moran, accompanied by Ron Stabinsky.
Rehearses on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15PM

Cantilena: Choir for children grades 3-5
Directed by Alissa Swarts, accompanied by Ron Stabinsky
Rehearses on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45PM

Kantorei: Choir for youth grades 6-12
Directed by Leslie Mason Moran, accompanied by Ron Stabinsky
Rehearses on Tuesdays from 6:15-7:45PM

Camerata: Choir for males with changed voices
Directed by Alissa Swarts, accompanied by Ron Stabinsky
Rehearses on Tuesdays from 6:15-7:30PM

Cantare: Premier auditioned treble choir for grades 9-12
Directed by Susan Kelly, accompanied by Ron Stabinsky
Rehearses on Tuesdays from 6:15 to 8:45PM

Chanteuses: Camerata and Cantare combine to form Chanteuses, a mixed-voice choir for older youths
Co-directed by Alissa Swarts and Susan Kelly, accompanied by Ron Stabinsky
Rehearsals occur within each group's set rehearsal time


Mirroring the diversity of their individual names (all drawn from various Romance language words for "singers," "singing," or "song,") all the ensembles explore a wide range of musical styles, periods, and languages. Collectively, they prepare and present four public programs each year: Fall, Mid-Winter and Spring programs of classical repertoire, folksongs, and spirituals; and a December program of holiday selections.

Additionally, the KANTOREI, CHANTEUSES, and CANTARE ensembles have regularly joined the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic each December for their annual "Home for the Holidays" programs, with CANTARE featured, as well, in the Society's annual "Ceremony of English Carols." Many of the ensembles also participate in spring choral competitions such as the "Music in the Parks" festivals, and perform by invitation for special community events. In 2001, KANTOREI presented the regional premiere of the famed Holocaust children's opera, "Brundibar," in fully staged performances that featured the last living member of the original Terezin cast, Ela Weissberger. As the Children's and Youth Program's premier touring ensemble, the CANTARE CHOIR is regularly called upon for performances across both the community and region, including the Commonwealth's annual Blue Mass, celebrated each Spring on the Capitol steps in memory of law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty. The ensemble's 2001 CD recording, "America The Beautiful," helped pave the way for their first international tour to South Wales and England during the summer of 2002, and in 2005, the ensemble presented the world premiere of Daniel Kallman's Three Poems of Sara Teasdale, commissioned by the Choral Society in memory of Julia Rose Kvashay. CANTARE has also appeared on state conferences of both ACDA (2001) and PMEA (2007).

The program's fully professional teaching/conducting staff employs a teaching program based on the Kodaly pedagogical method to offer all singers regular instruction in music reading skills, as well as a sound technical foundation for continued singing. The success of the program evident each year in the selection of members to a variety of district, state, regional, and national honor choirs. All singers are initially auditioned for placement into an appropriate ensemble, and their subsequent development monitored is by the staff to determine appropriate advancement through the training program.

Children & Youth Program participants pay modest tuition of $70.00 per semester (Fall, Spring), with reduced rates of $30.00 for a second sibling's participation or an additional ensemble. This supports, in-part, the supply of professional staff (conductors and accompanists), as well as the rental of venues, hiring of instrumentalists, and printing of programs. All music is supplied and remains the property of the Choral Society, but each Children's & Youth member purchases their own performance uniform at modest cost.

Children & Youth members are also required to participate in one additional fund-raising project per semester in support of the Society's annual budget, which regularly exceeds $80,000 dollars. Common projects are the sale of candy, donuts, or cheesecakes.





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