For WVC Members

The Warwick Valley Chorale hopes to resume rehearsals and concerts starting in September 2021.  The Chorale's plans include preparing for the group’s 80th anniversary plus a memorial concert for its beloved leader, Stanley Curtis.

Email from President Zoey Savale on June 18:  
"Hi singers -
Just a short note to point out that today - June 18 - is the exact 80th anniversary of the beginning of Warwick Chorale.  Happy Birthday to us!
Of course, it would be better if we could be sharing this moment "live"; but we will be together again, in time, in as familiar a way as we can manage.
Meanwhile, stay safe and keep a song in your heart!

Post by Scott Curtis on WVC's FaceBook page, Friday, April 10: 

"Hi guys, ... Here’s a couple of songs from Dad. I’ll let him say goodbye through the love he’s shared with so many of you, music. A little while ago Dad filled out a questionnaire. Here’s how he answered one of the questions.

If anyone asks how I want to be remembered, please say the following about me:
        1) He meant to make things better
        2) What a voice!

We love you Dad.


Here is the entire concert:

From an LP recording of the concert of Handel's Messiah in December 1968 by the Vassar College Choir and Amherst  College Glee Club featuring Stanley Curtis, Tenor:

See the comments and tributes to Stanley Curtis
from the many members of the WVC community here.

         Due to recent news, we will be giving this quilt, that we were originally going to raffle at our Warwick concert, to Stanley's wife, Betty, with the blessing of Chorale member, Vienna Aubert and her sister, Gloria, who made this beautiful quilt.

WVC's Spring 2020 calendar was to feature everyone's favorite:
Gwyneth Walker's: "Down to the River to Pray".

Here is a message from Dr. Walker on Feb 1, 2020:
"Greetings, Zoey and Warwick Valley Chorale --

I was checking my performance calendar this morning, and was delighted to spot your several performances of Down to the River to Pray in May. I am so pleased that we have continued to keep in touch, via music. Good!

But I did want to let you and the Chorale know that I have the fondest of memories of our times together. And I shall be thinking of you this May!

Best wishes --

Down to the River to Pray - Performance on Dec. 13, 2015

  1 in 6 Americans sings in a choir
 — and they're healthier for it
 Click here to find out why.
Your Brain and Singing: 
Why Singing in a Choir Makes You Happier

Click here to check out this article.
Thank you to Eloise Ham for bringing this article to our attention.


One of WVC's favorite composers, John Rutter, on "the Importance of Choir"

The WVC has performed many of Mr. Rutter's works in our concerts in Orange County.
Also many members of the WVC were privileged to have been conducted by John Rutter at Carnegie Hall in 2006.

The Warwick Valley Chorale welcomes new members!

No auditions required.

If you are interested in joining us and would like to share our love of music and singing,

please send an email to Zoey Savale:
Warwick Valley Chorale is on facebook:  Like us here!   


A look back at WVC's Fall 2019 Season:

WVC members are ready for their 1st December 2019 concert.                               photo by Ed Bailey

See the articles about our December concerts in the Warwick Advertiser - click here,
the Warwick Valley Dispatch - click here
and the Times Herald-Record - click here.


Composer Henry Mollicone conducted his work:
A Christmas Celebration at our last concert on Dec. 15.

Email from Henry Mollicone to Stanley Curtis, December 18, 2019:

"Dear Stanley, Gail, and members of the Warwick Valley Chorale, 
I would like to thank all of you for making my visit so enjoyable!    

Beside the beautiful singing, I would just like to say that I believe Stanley‘s philosophy of nurturing the choir has worked so well!  Really, there is a camaraderie and joy about this group that is quite rare. This was quite apparent to me at the rehearsals and performance, and also at the after concert get together at Fratello‘s. 

Please keep up your wonderful spirit! It was a joy to conduct this choir, and let me say again what a wonderful job you did with this piece which is over 30 years old, as I am also!🤗🤗🤗 

Love and blessings, 
Stanley Curtis, Zoey Savale, and Henry Mollicone apre-concert, Dec. 15, 2019.
Photo by Chris Hart 

Click here to see Roger Gavan's article in the Warwick Advertiser about WVC's Dec. 15 concert.

  Prof. Mollicone's web site:


Click here to download this flier.


                                         WVC Music Program - Fall 2019
                                                                               (In concert order)
 1.   Go Tell It On the Mountain                                      arr. Harry Simeone
 2.   Go Where I Send Thee                                             arr. Maurice Gardner
 4.   Mary Had A Baby (Holiday Collection Men -TB)   arr. Roger Emerson
 5.   Bethlehem Spiritual                                                  Donald Moore
 6.   A Christmas Celebration                                           Henry Mollicone
 7.   I Love Christmas                                                       arr. Ed Lojeski
 8.   I Am His Child (SA)                                                 Moses Hogan
 9.   Tidings Carol                                                             Patrick Lieberger
10.  Angels We Have Heard                                             arr. Loyd Larsen
11.  Joy to the World                                                        arr. Frank Kuykendahl
12.  Hallelujah Chorus                                                     G. F. Handel
13.  Silent Night                                                               Núñes & Papoulis

Other events on WVC's busy Fall 2019 calendar:
Nov. 17:  Caroling in Warwick as part Warwick 's Annual Home for the Holidays
Dec. 7:    Performed in the finale of Jimmy Stur's Annual Christmas Show at Middletown's Paramount Theatre.
Dec. 8:    Performed in West Point's annual Messiah concert.
Dec. 14:  Caroling in Sugar Loaf at their Annual Welcome to Santa Claus.
Dec. 17:  WVC's 5th Annual Ceili.
Dec. 19:  Caroling at the Christmas Party of Warwick's Parkinson's Disease Support Group.
Dec. 27:  Nursing Home Visits:   Glen Arden, Valley View Center, Mt. Alverno, and Schervier Pavilion.

Hearty WVC carolers braved stormy weather and brought good tidings and cheer
to shoppers and revelers in Warwick on Nov. 17, 2019.

Click here to see the article in the Warwick Advertiser about the 2019 edition
of Warwick's Home for the Holidays.



WVC singers: "Good show" at Carnegie Hall on June 10th.
You should all be proud of your accomplishments!

Click here to download this poster.
The WVC is famous in Longview Texas - click here to see why!
Also click here to see a nice article on the origins of Prof. Taylor's composition.


The WVC at the end of a great performance - Warwick Reformed Church, Sunday, May 19, 2019                                                 Photo by Ed Bailey


Click here to download this flier.

Email from our President, Zoey Savale, May 20: 
"Hello, singers -

Ah, LIVE music... It’s full of surprises. Part of the special thrill of a live performance is the “walking a tightwire” element. Almost anything can happen...  and this season, some unusual things did!

And yet, both of our concerts were really great.  Thanks to Stanley’s excellent planning and direction, Dennis’ smooth, skilled and very professional subbing, and Gail's ability to catch us when we stray, we had outstandingly strong leadership.  Add to that your own individual hard work and cooperation, and it all worked together!  Thank you!      Zoey"

See the article in the Warwick Advertiser about the May 19 concert.

"This season’s repertoire, directed by Stanley Curtis and accompanied by Gail Johnson, literally represents 1,000 years of song. The Cambridge Songs Suite No. 2 was composed in 2018, using 11th century lyrics (whose original tunes have been lost) to create an exciting and gorgeous modern cantata. The Warwick Chorale will join the composer’s own choruses to sing the world premiere of this work at Carnegie Hall on June 10, 2019."

1st Prize in WVC's Spring 2019 RaffleThis brand new quilt sewn utilizing
1930's Reproduction Fabric in a traditional quilt pattern by Gloria Rangel (our resident quilter)
And the 1st prize winners are Marilyn Hayden and John Tracy as Vienna Aubert, donor of the quilt, congratulates them. 
And congratulations to Diane Nicholson and Judy Dickinson for winning their raffle prizes as well!!! 


                                                       WVC Spring 2019 Music Program

                                                 To be performed at Carnegie Hall on Monday June 10th; Jim Taylor, conducting:
                                                                             The Magnificat                                              Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
                                                        Cambridge Songs Suite No. 2                       music by Jim Taylor

                                          Selections from these medleys will be sung when WVC singers perform in local area nursing homes:
                                                          Give My Regards to Broadway                     arr. by Carl Strommen 
                                                          Who Could Ask for Anything More? (SSA)  arr. by Jay Althouse
                                                          Leading Men (TTBB)                                    arr. by Mac Huff
                                                          A Sentimental Journey Thru the 40’s             arr. by Hawley Adds

To celebrate their 75th anniversary, the WVC commissioned America's favorite composer, Gwyneth Walker,
for this arrangement of Down to the River to Pray,
which was premiered at their December 2015 concerts.

Down to the River to Pray - Performance on Dec. 13, 2015


We practiced and made it back!
 WVC members practiced and look where they ended up, May 2010, May 2016, April 2018, June 2019 and 2020!

Click Here and take a look back at the WVC's last several seasons.

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