Message to Membership – January 5, 2023

Message from the Music Director
Dear Chorale,
After months of planning, and preparation, it is with great excitement that I look forward to this coming Monday, as we begin our rehearsal process on the music of David Hurd and Margaret Bonds, culminating with our concert on February 24! I hope you have enjoyed your preparation of the music, much of which will be new to you. As far as introducing the music in rehearsal, this coming Monday we will focus on the first half, and on February 16, the second half. There is much to love about the tonal language of both composers, and I hope that in your listening you have been able to hear influences on their writing. Please be sure that you have procured ALL markings from the edit masters online. As a singer, I have always found the process of putting in markings to be the first step in learning a new piece. Even before singing a note, it helps me start to wrap my brain around it. Besides that, it also saves us rehearsal time.
As mentioned in the information document about the concert, you can find everything (except the Perkins) on YouTube. Included in that document is a link to a playlist I created on my own YouTube channel. This is purely for your listening enjoyment, and is also included here.

Have a great weekend, and I will see you Monday night!

Message from the President
Dear Hartford Chorale,
Welcome and welcome back! I am very excited for our first rehearsal of 2023 and our first self-produced concert of the season. We have new members as well as guests, and I cannot wait to welcome them to our beloved chorale. 
Many thanks to the board of governors and all our committees that kept working through our break. We are ready. 
Have a wonderful week and weekend. I will see you on Monday!
Message from the Executive Director
Dear Hartford Chorale, 
Happy New Year! I am thrilled to begin rehearsals for this concert and cannot wait to hear all the beautiful music of David Hurd and Margaret Bonds! 
A note from our librarians: Please see the PDF of Scott Perkins’ The Dream and Hope of the Slave, for those of you that do not have the physical copy. Copies will be available for those who need it at the first rehearsal. If you have not received music or have questions about your music, please reach out to Jeanine Lovendale and Danielle Foint. Their information can be found on the member portal. 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Have a great weekend!
Message from our Friends 
56th Annual Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival

Asylum Hill Congregational Church-Hartford
Music, costumes, animals, pageantry, and majesty! Come see our own maestro in his “other job”, as he leads this fabulous Connecticut Christmas tradition. Limited tickets are still available for the four live performances on January 7-8, and there is also a live stream option. Go to for more information.
The Music Series at South Church presents 50 Years Resounding in the Heart of the City: Featuring CONCORA and the South Church Chancel Choir 
March 19, 2023 at 4 PM 
90 Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051
Since its inception in 1973, The Music Series has enjoyed a wonderful and fruitful connection with CONCORA. To celebrate the past, present, and future of the Series, we are joining forces to present Fauré’s Requiem, and Beatitude Mass: For the Homeless by Henry Mollicone. Members of The South Church Chancel Choir and CONCORA will raise their voices in singing accompanied by chamber orchestra and conducted by South Church Director of Music Frank R. Zilinyi and Artistic Director of CONCORA, Christopher Shepard. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Friendship Center. Tickets are $20 and are available online or at the door. Use the following link to order online: