We are a non-auditioned community chorus made up of experienced singers from Mount Desert Island and the surrounding communities, as well as those from away.
Each year, some 70 - 80 singers plan their summers around the choir's schedule. They make sure they clear evenings on rehearsal days (mostly Mondays and Wednesdays and several days during concert week) from late June to early August, they plan their vacations, out-of-town trips, or arrival and departure dates based on the rehearsal and the performance dates (see Calendar). About two-thirds of the members are year-round residents; the rest come from all over the United States and from foreign countries. The youngest members are high school students who sing upon recommendation of their school-year director. The Chorale provides a unique opportunity for diverse people to come together for a larger purpose.
We take six weeks to learn a full-length program, so every rehearsal counts. They're demanding and exacting, but also upbeat and exciting. What better way to form new friendships and to renew old ones?
Members pay annual dues, which includes the rental of music and access to study materials. In addition, many members serve on committees, assist with publicity, host guest artists, or work on concert logistics.
Registration information goes out around May 1 and continues until the first rehearsal. Concerts are the first weekend in August. There is no audition, but most members are experienced choral musicians who sing in other choirs during the year.
Join the Mount Desert Summer Chorale
Download one of the forms below, fill it out, and mail it to PO Box 887 ▪ Mount Desert, ME ▪ 04660
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(Note: The PDF is NOT a fillable PDF.)