Message to Membership – February 24, 2022

From the Music Director …

Dear Hartford Chorale,

What a pleasant and productive way to conclude the Presidents’ Day weekend, spending time together in the quest for an enhanced “launch” to our anniversary concert rehearsals that begin on April 4th. As in the first session the week before, more than two-thirds of our current, active membership participated in Monday’s events. In addition, we continue to have new members, and returnee members, join us for what I hope are helpful “lecture/demos.” On Monday, February 28, we will focus on movements two and three of the Scott Perkins piece and will include a “test run” one of Scott’s tutorials on the second movement, which is so rich in harmonic beauty, rhythmic intricacies, and linguistic adventures. By contrast, the third movement is marked by reflection and repose.

Prior to Monday’s online session, our Standing Committee for Artistic Programming, chaired by Edwin Below, meets to start the happy task of discussing our 2022-2023 season, which is more-or-less a tabula rasa, awaiting a discussion of all the options that lie ahead.

More good news: We continue to receive inquiries as to Chorale membership, and we will process those through March 15th. How wonderful it is to know that newcomers to the region in search of a choral home look to the Hartford Chorale. It is not too late for you to recommend membership to your friends, family, colleagues, and associates. The more, the merrier as we move ahead.

All best,



From the Board President …

Dear Hartford Chorale,

It was wonderful seeing all your smiling faces on Monday. Listening to the Maestro’s notes and hearing the music was a joy indeed!

Our committees continue with their hard work. As we get closer to April 4th, we will be reviewing our protocols, ensuring we are ready to perform with peace of mind. As you saw in the Maestro’s notes, we continue to get in-bound inquiries for auditions. Since we do have the flexibility of virtual auditions, we can indeed consider new candidates. If you know of anyone who would suit us but missed the January deadline, please let them know that they can reach out to us. The deadline is March 15th. All the information is on our website.

Thank you all for your good cheer and engagement. The board is very grateful for all your efforts keeping yourselves and our beloved chorale healthy. After all… How can we keep from singing!



Upcoming Virtual Rehearsals …

Here is the link for the Chorale’s 50th Anniversary Run-Up Session 3 on Monday, February 28th, from 7:00 until 8:30 pm.

Hartford Chorale is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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From the Media Coordinator …

Here is the YouTube link to last Monday night’s rehearsal:


From the Website Team

We are changing the name of the “Edit Masters” page to be called “Performance Preparation Resources.” This is a better reflection of the wealth of resources available to us on that page, and we will make it the go-to spot for preparatory information on any performance! The links are exactly the same, and for now the main page still refers to both titles, but we hope this will simplify the site for all of us a bit.


Photographer / Videographer for the 50th Anniversary Concert

We continue to accept recommendations for a photographer to take pictures before, during and after our May 20th performance – head shots, singer shots, groups shots, full stage. Are there any members who have a connection to a photographer?

We also need to engage a videographer or perhaps a YouTube “artist” who can record footage and assemble images and photos of the Chorale to produce a video for the Perkins piece, at least. Do any of you know someone with these talents?

If so, please email Lisa at with your recommendation(s) and their contact information.

Thank you!