Message to Membership – June 2, 2022

REMINDER: Maestro’s retirement party is on Wednesday, June 15, from 6-8 pm at St. James’s. Please send in your RSVP by end of business on June 7 to

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From the Music Director …

Dear Chorale,

We soon draw to a close our 2021-2022 season, a remarkable one indeed. I continue to receive messages of high appreciation for our Fiftieth Anniversary concert, and I look forward to participating in the editing of the recording as soon as time permits. Composer Scott Perkins and I remain in close touch, discussing possible future performances of “Alive Poems” with other choruses and sponsors. Everything seemed in perfect alignment for our own celebratory event, despite all of the headwinds it faced. The beautiful flowers made such a wonderful impression, as did the student artwork on display in the Bushnell lobby. It was gratifying to see so many in attendance at the post-concert reception.

Please encourage friends, family, and colleagues to attend one of the three upcoming performances of Beethoven IX with the HSO. The larger the audience, the stronger the signal that choral music is popular and a viable audience “draw.”


From the Board President …

Dear Hartford Chorale,

I missed you all on Tuesday, as I was away attending a high school graduation event for my daughter. I heard it was a wonderful rehearsal with a standing ovation for our beloved Maestro. I very much look forward to sitting in on Sunday’s rehearsal. Those of us who sang the Beethoven Choral Fantasy a few years ago remember how much we enjoyed rehearsals with Adam Boyles.

Once we have the Beethoven IX under our belts, we can truly celebrate the Maestro. Please don’t forget to send in your RSVP by June 7 to the office ( We have space constraints and want to make sure you have secured your spot. Many thanks to our social committee chair, Dawn Bauer, who has been working for weeks to make this a wonderful evening for us and the Maestro.

Until I see you all on Sunday, have a wonderful week and weekend.


Important information re Beethoven …

  • As already confirmed: The rehearsal with Adam Boyles is Sunday, June 5, at 2:00 pm at James’s Church, concluding no later than 4:45 p.m.
  • The Wednesday (June 8) Bushnell rehearsal will start with the Beethoven at 7:00 p.m., so the 6:45 p.m. seating time frame is critical. It is likely that we will be dismissed at 8:15 p.m., but there is no guarantee of that.
  • The Thursday (June 9) Bushnell rehearsal is in concert order, meaning that the Chorale will not be called to the stage until the orchestra break at 8:00 pm. The Beethoven will be rehearsed 8:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. It is possible the chorus will be asked to stay for notes until 9:45 p.m. The Chorale is invited to sit in the auditorium for the 7:00 p.m. rehearsal of the Glass concerto for saxophones, the only opportunity we have of hearing it. All doing so must be masked.

Maestro Coffey’s Retirement Dinner …

WHEN: The event is on Wednesday, June 15, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

WHERE: The Parish Hall at St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT (our regular rehearsal space).

ATTENDANCE: There is limited space and therefore RSVPs are essential. Sorry – no “plus ones” due to space limitations. Reservations will be taken on a first come first served basis.

RSPV to the office by end of business on Tuesday, June 7  (

Thank you.

From the Golf/Auction Committee …

Save the date on Monday, June 27, for our biggest fundraising event of the year – The Annual Hartford Chorale Classic Golf Tournament and Online Auction! Please see the attached flyer and the “All Things Golf” attachment.

  • The Tournament will be played at Blackledge Country Club in Hebron, CT.
  • Scramble Format.
  • Registration at 9:00 AM and Shotgun start at 10:00 AM.
  • Price – $125 per player, lunch included.
  • After golf – join us for a Happy Hour where we can brag about our scores and take part in a Teacup raffle. Follow the link below to register your foursome.


Sign up to play in the Hartford Chorale Golf Tournament HERE!!!


Online Auction starts June 13th. More details to follow.

SPONSORS – Do you know or support a local business owner? Ask them if they would like a bit more exposure by sponsoring a Tee Box or a hole for our upcoming tournament. There is still time – please see the attached form or contact Joan Hultquist ( for more information.

AUCTION ITEMS TO DONATE – Do you have something you’d like to donate, or can you create a themed gift package or basket? Please contact Dawn Bauer (

Check out these great logo items and …

Show your support for Hartford Chorale!

The attached document illustrates the various logo’d items we have available, sold individually or as a bundle. I will have 15 “bundles” ($40) ready to sell beginning at 2:30 pm on Sunday, June 5th. Cash (exact amount) or check made payable to Hartford Chorale. If you are not singing in this concert, you can still stop by. Don’t be left out!

Questions or to reserve a bundle – email me at

Thank you all for making our 50th Anniversary season a great one!

Joanne Huelsman

From the Office …

  • Attached for your convenience is the rehearsal and performance schedule for the Beethoven IX concert.
  • The discount code for purchasing tickets for the upcoming Beethoven IX concert is CHORALE2022 (thanks, Ed Savage).

From our Friends …

FARMINGTON VALLEY CHORALE under the direction of Artistic Director Ellen Gilson Voth celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a concert at The Bushnell’s Belding Theater on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 7 p.m. The program will include Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with pianist Anchie Donn, and recent works by Jake Runestad, Colin Britt, and Dr. Voth. Chorale is accompanied by Stephen Scarlato on piano and a professional orchestra. Tickets range from $25 – $35 and are available at


Saturday, June 4, 2022 – 2:00 pm


Join us for a celebration of the power of community and music with Symphony in the Park, a free concert in Bushnell Park! This concert features the musicians of the Hartford Symphony, Assistant Conductor, Adam Boyles, and the 2021 Young Artist Competition co-first place winner Tyler Tan, violin.

Symphony in the Park brings together more than 55 HSO musicians performing a variety of music, including well-known favorites from the silver screen and celebratory selections from Latino and Black composers.

In case of inclement weather, this concert will be held at the same time and date in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. The event will remain un-ticketed and free to the public.

HSO’s Symphony in the Park is presented by The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, with generous support from The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Gottfried & Somberg, Trinity College, and Travelers.

Saturday, June 4, 2022 2 p.m.

Bandshell at Bushnell Park, Hartford, CT

In case of rain, concert will take place at The Bushnell.

Free, no ticket required

Featuring Adam Boyles, conductor

Tyler Tan, violin


Jennifer Phipps, Assistant Manager of Learning & Social Impact for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, has asked I share the information and link below with Chorale members, an invitation to the HSO Subscriber Event on June 8th. If you would like to attend, RSVP to Jennifer directly

Good afternoon!

Don’t forget to RSVP to the last HSO Subscriber-Event for the 2021-22 Season!

Wednesday, June 8th, at the St. James Episcopal Church in West Hartford, CT, Adam Kerry Boyles, Assistant Conductor of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will lead a discussion with Richard Coffey, Music Director of the Hartford Chorale about Beethoven’s choral works, including the Ninth Symphony!

This event will begin promptly at 1 pm and is expected to last an hour. Food and beverage options will notbe provided.

This is an in-person event only and will not be live-streamed on any virtual platform.

To align with our Health & Safety Policy effective May 1st, 2022, this event will not require patrons to show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test to attend. The wearing of a face mask while attending the June 8th Subscriber-Event at the St. James Episcopal Church is strongly encouraged, but at the discretion of the individual.

For more information regarding the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Health and Safety Policy, please visitHealth and Safety Protocols | Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

HSO Subscriber Event Invite Link: