Park City’s community choir ready to sing in its new season
Although it’s nearly September, Park City Singers Artistic Director Joe Demers is thinking about December.
The community choir is scheduled to start weekly rehearsals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, for their upcoming holiday concerts that will be performed Dec. 8 and 13 at the Park City Community Church.
“We love that venue, and we appreciate the support we get from the church,” Demers said. “It’s great that we’ve been able to perform there, because it’s the same venue we rehearse in. So all the singers are used to it.”
On Sunday, Sept, 8, two days before the rehearsal, Park City Singers will host its annual welcome barbecue for returning singers and new singers, he said.
The event will start at 5:30 p.m., and anyone interested in attending can email chorus member and second soprano Renee Mox Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“She will provide all the information about the barbecue and where it will be held,” Demers said.
In addition, anyone who is interested in singing with the chorus can do so by visiting parkcitysingers.org.
Singers of all levels are encouraged to register, and the chorus is especially in need of tenors and basses, Demers said.
“They don’t have to be trained singers, and they don’t have to read music,” he said. “For those who tell us they can’t sing their way out of a bag, we will cut a hole in it so they can.”
Registration fee is $45, and members will receive a packet of music and a CD of their respective parts, Demers said.
Jennifer Taylor, who teaches music at Trailside Elementary, recorded the soprano parts, and Mary Morgan, a music teacher at Ecker Hill Middle School, recorded the alto parts, he said. Demers, a Parley’s Park Elementary School instructional coach who helps teachers hone their skills, recorded the tenor and bass parts.
“We will perform a mix of sacred and secular holiday music,” he said. “And at the end of the season, when we’ve completed our last concert, the singers will turn the packets in so we can keep them in our library for future use.”
Tanya Taylor, who cowrote the musical “Sudan and Me,” will return as the Park City Singers accompanist, Demers said.
“She’s a delight to work with and we work well together,” he said. “We’re lucky to have someone with her knowledge of music to be with us.”
In addition to the two Park City Community Church concerts, the Park City Singers will perform at 5:30 p.m. during Skate with Santa on Dec. 3 at the Park City Skating Arena, and go caroling at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve at the Waldorf Astoria and the Hyatt Centric at Park City Mountain Resort.
“We like to share our talents with the community, so we will also perform at different holiday events throughout the community,” Demers said. “We try to include those types of performances so guests who are in town during the holidays can hear us.”
Demers said he feels a sense of anticipation and excitement at the start of each Park City Singers season.
“This is my fourth year as artistic director, and I have found they are such a friendly group who work really hard,” he said. “We’re a community choir, and this is what we do.”
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