The Auditorium Choir
The Auditorium choir is open to all singers without audition. We welcome you to join us any time you are in Ocean Grove during the summer. For Sunday Services, we rehearse briefly about 9 pm Friday night after the Festival/Sacred Concert rehearsal and then on Sunday morning at 9 am.
We will resume rehearsals June 7, 2019. Rehearsals are held in the Auditorium, at 7:30 PM on Fridays starting June 7th and Tuesdays starting June 18.
Choir Festival is July 14, 2019 and Sacred Concert is August 25, 2019.
Rehearsals: It often is warm in the choir loft, so dress comfortably and sensibly!
Sunday morning services: Neat, casual attire is fine, but please do not wear shorts.
Sunday evening services: Casual ok, shorts ok if worn with a Hawaiian shirt
Concert Dress: Ladies: white dress or white top and black bottom. Men: white long or short sleeved shirts, dark tie, dark pants.
Always - love thy neighbor! Please refrain from wearing perfume or other scented products for rehearsals, services, and events; allergies to these products would make it difficult for some to sing.
Special note: no knapsacks or large bags are permitted in the Great Auditorium, and no liquids except water are allowed in the choir loft.
Sacred Masterwork Concert -- The Messiah
We hope you'll join us singing Handel's Messiah Sunday, August 25, 7 pm
Reminder: Rehearsal Friday, July 19 will be across the street in the air-conditioned Youth Temple
Rehearsals for the sacred masterwork begin Tuesday, July 16 and continue Tuesdays and Fridays, 7:30, mostly in the Auditorium (keep an eye on the calendar above). We will be using the G. Schirmer score and can provide scores to approximately 90 singers; if you have your own score, you are welcome to use it.
There are many recordings of The Messiah on Youtube; we will not provide a playlist. The Cyberbass website provides a great utility for learning each section -- go to http://cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Handel_GF/Handel_Messiah.htm
We will provide a complete list of the selections that will be sung here, along with rehearsal notes as they are given.
Choir Festival 2020 -- Sunday July 12 (tentative)
Make plans now to join us for the 66th annual Choir Festival! Consider running a regional rehearsal site for singers in your area, and collaborate with other nearby choirs to hire a bus so you can relax and enjoy the entire day in Ocean Grove without worrying about parking. A map of choirs participating in the 2019 Festival is below; regional rehearsal sites are in purple.
Registration materials will be mailed out late March, 2020 and will be posted here as soon as available.
Delaine Terpening Sarraf's collection of Festival ribbons