Berkshire Lyric Chorus
The Berkshire Lyric Chorus begins rehearsals for the fall semester of our 2021-2022 season at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 13 at the Pittsfield Unitarian Church on Wendell Avenue and Broad Street. Interested new singers are admitted by auditions that will be held on Saturday mornings August 28 in Stockbridge and September 4 in Pittsfield. Alternate times and places might be arranged. Please contact director Jack Brown at 413 298 5365 to schedule an appointment. You can also email him directly at JJBrown3@verizon.net. New singers must be auditioned prior to the first rehearsal. Bring a simple song in any language. An accompanist will be provided.
The Berkshire Lyric Chorus is one of a family of choruses comprising Berkshire Lyric, whose goal is to lead singers to a world of beauty through the choral art and a wide range of great music. Lyric’s recent Christmas concert at St. Mark’s Church in Pittsfield was recorded for broadcast on WMHT-FM 89.1. The organization has also been honored with a recent Alfred Nash Patterson Grant from Choral Arts New England for educational excellence. The Berkshire Lyric Chorus is led by Artistic Director Jack Brown, who also directs Lyric Children’s Chorus and Melodious Accord. He is on the music faculty at Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington and at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville. Ct. Berkshire Lyric was founded in 1963.
The Lyric Children’s Chorus
Details subject to continued pandemic progress in the Berkshires.
The Lyric Children’s Chorus begins rehearsals for their fall season at 10 a.m. on Saturday September 11 at the Pittsfield Unitarian Church. The church is located at the corner of Wendell and Broad in Pittsfield. The chorus is open to all children ages 6-14 from Berkshire County and surrounding areas. The main Lyric Children’s Chorus is an auditioned chorus comprised of boys and girls in fourth through ninth grade. New singers should come to the first rehearsal and be prepared to stay afterwards for some very simple group evaluation of the ability to match a pitch and sing back simple music. During their weekly 90 minute rehearsal, the choristers receive intensive musical and vocal training. There is also a start-up chorus for all interested boys and girls, first through fourth grade. There is no audition for the start-up chorus. This group meets Saturday mornings at 10 am for a lively one-hour session. Rehearsals are designed to teach basic musical and performance skills.
The Lyric Children’s Chorus is one of a family of choruses comprising Berkshire Lyric, whose goal is to lead talented young singers into a world of great music, while learning how to sing well and have fun. It is led by Berkshire Lyric Artistic Director Jack Brown. who also directs the 90 voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus and is on the faculty at Simon’s Rock College and at The Hotchkiss School. Berkshire Lyric was founded in 1963.
The Lyric Children's Chorus will be featured in Berkshire Lyric’s annual Christmas concerts in December as well as in the Kick the Winter Blues popular concerts in Lenox in March 2022. Their own Young Musicians Concert takes place in early May.