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Fredericksburg Chorale Seeking New Members
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009

The Fredericksburg Chorale under the direction of Mark Hierholzer will be starting its 24th season this month. A workshop will be held on Saturday, August 22, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 426 W. Main. Music for the year will be discussed and worked on but the workshop is open to all and there is no requirement to join the Chorale in order to participate. The cost is $15 and lunch will be provided.

Regular rehearsals for the upcoming season begin on Monday evening August 24, from 7:00-8:30 pm, also in the Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Semester membership dues are $55 for adults and $25 for students. Scholarships are available.

The Chorale, with members from ages 12-92, invites anyone who is interested to join the group. There are no auditions. “The vision of the Chorale is to include all in the hill country to participate actively in the creation of a true and lasting community,” said Hierholzer, “This is done by calling on everyone to participate with energy in truly valuable work.”

This season will feature new works created by Hierholzer as well as others in the community and will also feature Haydn’s oratorio The Creation. This work tells the story of creation from Genesis through the words of scripture and the poetry of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Part one of this three part masterpiece will be performed at the Christmas Concert on December 5, and the entire work will be performed in May.

The Midwinter Concert in February will feature entirely newly composed works, settings of the Psalms, hymns, as well as new texts written by members of the Chorale. The concert will include other choral groups in the community, and the young men’s choir, the League of David.

“The Chorale sees the rehearsals as events in and of themselves,” said Hierholzer, “and not just as means to an end, the performance.” “We welcomes guests and family members of all ages to participate in the Monday evening rehearsals by simply coming to listen, to ask questions or to sing along,” he added.

For more information, please call 830-997-6869 or email

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