The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

August 18, 2013

Festival Chorus welcomes new singers

DANVILLE — Years ago, the Vermilion Festival Chorus had more than 100 singers performing the masterworks of choral literature. David Schroeder, music director and conductor, would love to see that number again.

The chorus is gearing up for its fall concert, with the first rehearsal taking place from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Holy Family Church, 444 E. Main St. The rehearsals will be every Monday night, except Labor Day, until the concert on Nov. 17 at Holy Family.

“It’s a fun group of people,” Schroeder said. “We love mixing our voices and hearing harmonies and singing the classical repertoire.”

Interested singers are invited to show up at any rehearsal. However, there will be an open house to welcome new singers and get reintroduced to old ones at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the church. The group will sing, and then enjoy refreshments.

This would be a good time for potential singers to see what the group is about before they join, Schroeder said. The group sings spiritual music, Renaissance, baroque and other masterpieces of choral literature — but nothing beyond people’s abilities, he said.

The upcoming rehearsals will be for the fall program, “Messiah and More.” The group will perform the Advent and Christmas sections of Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as other choral pieces to round out the program. Other selections include Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria”; “If This Child Were Born Today,” a contemporary “Messiah”; a couple of German Renaissance pieces; and selections on organ by Schroeder and Jonathan Myers.

The chorus started years ago with “Messiah” and 120-130 singers. Now, the average number is around 25-35, he said, adding it would be nice to have more voices for the fall program.

Schroeder said the chorus is open to all ages, from high school through senior citizens.

The rehearsal dates coincide with Danville Area Community College’s schedule, he said, and students can receive a credit hour in humanities. Two or three students are signed up now, he said, adding there’s plenty of room for more.

There is a one-time $20 fee for music rental.

He also said all voice ranges are welcomed. A person may sing in private to find out what his range is, and which section of the chorus he should be in.

“If you have music reading ability, that’s great,” Schroeder said, but it’s not a requirement to join.

After the November concert, the chorus will resume rehearsals in January for the May concert, which will be the first Sunday in May.

Jill Prasse accompanies the chorus on piano. “We would like to hire a string ensemble if we have the money,” Schroeder said.

Gene Schroeder, David’s father and chorus manager, also welcomes all singers to give the group a try. “If someone just loves to sing — they don’t have to be professional singers,” he said.

“If they love to sing, we’d love to have them join us,” he said, adding they don’t have to audition. The songs are from quality choral literature, but it’s not that hard for people to pick up on those, he said.

The chorus was resurrected in the late 1960s, he said, but — with just two concerts a year — people don’t realize it’s around.

He’s been chorus manager a good 15 years, he said.


The Vermilion Festival Chorus will have its first rehearsal at 7 p.m. Monday at Holy Family Church. An open house for new singers will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the church.For more information about the chorus, call manager Gene Schroeder at 446-7543.



Text Only
Local News
  • School sign-up begins

    July 29, 2014

  • CRIS offers breakfast

    July 29, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 29, 2014

  • NWS-CN 07-20 Foster mug County clerk on hunt for general election judges DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Clerk’s office is looking for a few good men and women for this year’s general election.On Thursday, Vermilion County Board members certified the county’s first group of election judges for the November general electio

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-CN 07-29 Talking photo Report: Medicare looking better WASHINGTON — Medicare’s financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.Getting relief from a slowdown in health care spending, the program’s giant hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030, the

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police Reports Incidents reported to police include:DanvilleFriday:Battery and obstructing an officer in the 1600 block of East English Street.Burglary at The Juke, 1214 E. Main St.Saturday:Theft in the 1500 block of Oak Street.Vehicle burglary in the 100 block of

    July 29, 2014

  • Two hurt in weekend shootings in Danville DANVILLE — Two victims are listed in good condition following a pair of weekend shooting incidents in Danville.Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason confirmed the shootings, which took place around 8:15 p.m. Friday and just before 5 a.m.

    July 29, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Saturday, 10:08-10:23 a.m. — A medical call in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue.Saturday, 10:47-10:54 a.m. — Assist Medix in the first block of East Harrison Street.Saturday, 11:37-11:49 a.m. — A medical

    July 29, 2014

  • Library sets program for Farmers' Market

    July 28, 2014

  • Reception celebrates truck

    July 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Photos

Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth
Must Read