For WVC Members


WVC's Winter-Spring 2019 Schedule

Only 4 more rehearsals until the first 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."


4: Tuesday, April 23rd, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Rehearsal at the Warwick Reformed Church.

3: Tuesday, April 30th, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Rehearsal at the Warwick Reformed Church.

2: Tuesday, May 7th, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Rehearsal at the Warwick Reformed Church.

1: Tuesday, May 14th, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Rehearsal at the Warwick Reformed Church.

Friday, May 17th7:00 pm, concert at the Grace Episcopal Church, 58 North Street, Middletown, NY 10940

Sunday, May 19th4:00 pm, concert at the Warwick Reformed Church, 16 Maple Avenue, Warwick, NY 10990

Click here for directions to venues for these WVC concerts.

Tuesday, May 21st, 7:00 (tbc) - Annual pot-luck dinner and elections at St Stephen St Edward School, 75 Sanfordville Rd, Warwick

                                                   For directions to St Stephen St Edward School, click here.

                                                       WVC Spring 2019 Music Program 
                                                                                             (IN CONCERT ORDER
                                                                             *The Magnificat                                              Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
                                                        *Cambridge Songs Suite No. 2                       music by Jim Taylor
                                                          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 Ades
Click here to download this list of the music program.
                                                                              * Will also be performed at the Carnegie Hall concert
Gail's practice tracks for the Cambridge Songs and the Broadway melodies are available.
Also listen to or download WVC's 2010 performance of A Sentimental Journey Thru the 40's.
Click here to listen to and practice the music for our May concerts and (*) Carnegie Hall.

From "The Warwick Valley Chorale Member information ~ Spring 2019"

What should we wear for the Spring concerts?    

  • Men’s dress for our Spring concerts is black tuxedo or black sport jacket and slacks with white shirt (black bow tie, black socks & shoes; jackets should be buttoned). 
  • For women, “concert blackfloor-length black skirt and long-sleeved black blouse or black dressblack stockings, comfortable black shoes, and no eye-catching jewelry or anything else that would draw the audience’s attention to you. 
  • Everyone will need a black music folder.

Is it okay to wear cologne to rehearsals or performances?

  • Please, no! We have members with a variety of allergies, so please don’twear cologne, perfume, strong aftershave, scented hairspray, or anything else that might make the singer behind you wheeze or sneeze. Deodorant, however, is recommended.
Information about the Carnegie Hall concert: Monday, June 10th
Tentative schedule for NYC rehearsals and concert (updated March 3rd):
   Saturday, June 8th, 12:30 - 5:00 PM: Rehearsal at the Grand Hyatt New York (on 42nd St., next to Grand Central Station).
                                                               Bus pick up time and location in Warwick are tba.
                                                               Bus arrival in Warwick will be about at 7:00 PM.
   Sunday, June 9th, 1:45 - 5:00 PM:     Rehearsal at the Grand Hyatt New York.
                                                               Bus pick up time and location in Warwick are tba.
                                                               Bus arrival in Warwick will be about at 7:00 PM.
   Monday, June 10th, 1:30 - 5:00 PM:  Final rehearsal in Carnegie Hall, time to be announced.
                                                               Bus pick up time and location in Warwick are tba.
                                                               Plan on having a light dinner in the area around Carnegie Hall (7th Ave at 57th St.)
   Monday, June 10th, 8:00 pm:             Concert in Carnegie Hall featuring 
                                                                    Cambridge Songs Suite No. 2 by Jim Taylor, and
                                                                    Magnificat by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710 - 1736)
                                                                    Jim Taylor, Conductor
                                                                Ticket Information:
                                                                      You can now order, at a discounted price, tickets for this concert!
                                                                      The order form will be available at rehearsals, or
                                                                      Click here to view, download and print the order form.
                                                                      Note: ticket orders must be received no later than May 14, 2019.
                                                                Chorus Call (time to be ready to line up to go on stage): to be announced.
                                                                Concert attire will be announced: 
                                                                           it is possible to change into/out of concert attire at Carnegie Hall,
                                                                           but many people keep it simple and wear their concert attire all day!
                                                                Bus departs Carnegie Hall after the concert at about 10:30 PM.
                                                                The traditional, always fantastic, post-performance party on the bus!
                                                                Bus arrival in Warwick will be about at midnight.

WVC singers on concert day - April 23rd, 2018.
Treasurer, Amelia DiCarlo, has chartered busses to take WVC singers to/from the NYC rehearsals and the Carnegie Hall concert.  
Starting February 19th, signups and payments will be made at rehearsals.   Please pay Amelia $105.00 by check made out to "Warwick Valley Chorale".  
Info on the MidAmerica Productions concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, June 10th:
Here is the program for this concert as copied from MidAm's web site (
Note: the final order the four parts of this program will be announced later this Spring.

A Special Summer Presentation to New York City - 7:00 PM


New England Symphonic Ensemble - 8:00 PM
JIM TAYLOR: Cambridge Songs Suite No. 2
PERGOLESI: Magnificat
JIM TAYLOR, Conductor
Participating Choruses
   Warwick Valley Chorale, Warwick, NY (Stanley Curtis, Director); 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
   Kingsmen Singers of Christian Heritage School, Trumbull, CT (Marjie Brake, Director)
   Henderson High School Choir, Henderson, TX (Jon P. Starling, Director)
   LeTourneau Singers, Longview, TX (Jim Taylor, Director)
   Longview Civic Chorus, Longview, TX (Jim Taylor, Director)

THOMAS JABER, Co-Conductor
DAVID L. SHARLOW, Co-Conductor
Participating Choruses
   Houston Masterworks Chorus, Houston, TX (Thomas Jaber, Director)
   Purdy Concert Choir, Purdy, MO (Lauren Lee, Director)
   Missouri Southern Concert Chorale, Joplin, MO (David L. Sharlow, Director)
   Southern Symphonic Chorus, Joplin, MO (David L. Sharlow, Director)

BRITT COOPER, Co-Conductor
PAUL HONDORP, Co-Conductor
Participating Choruses
   Canton Symphony Chorus, North Canton, OH (Britt Cooper, Director)
   Bangor Area High School Choir, Bangor, PA (Joseph DiMinico, Director); 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
   Southern Kentucky Choral Society, Bowling Green, KY (Paul Hondorp, Director)


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 fantastic Fall 2018 musical season:

See the articles about the concerts in the Warwick Advertiser and also in the Warwick Dispatch.

From WVC's Press Release dated Sept 3, 2018: 'The concerts, directed by Stanley Curtis and accompanied by Gail Johnson, will feature musical selections ranging from a section of G.F. Handel’s [“Hallelujah Chorus”] to Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” to more selections from a brand-new (2018) cantata by John Leavitt, “A Midnight Clear.”'   

Click here to view, print and/or download the Holiday Concert flier (above) or the WVC Member Information pamphlet that was handed out during registration.


Music Program for the December 2018 Concerts

1.  Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light  J.S. Bach

2.  Alleluia! Sing Praise  J.S. Bach, adapted by C.C. Hirt

3.  Dona Nobis Pacem  M.L. Lightfoot

4.  A Midnight Clear Cantata  arr. by J. Leavitt


5.  Sing and Dance, It's Hanukkah!  R.E. Schram

6.  Ose Shalom  trad. text, music by J. Leavitt

7.  Ring Those Christmas Bells  arr. by R. Murphy

8.  Silver Bells (TB)  from the Holiday Collection, pg 28

9.  Candy Cane Lane (SSA)  arr. by G. Gilpin

10. Marshmallow World  arr. by G. Gilpin

11. White Christmas  I. Berlin, arr. by R. Ringwald

12. The First Noel  arr. by D. Forrest

13. O Come, All Ye Faithful  arr. by D. Forrest

14. Hallelujah Chorus  G.F. Handel

15. One Candle Lights the Way                                             J. Althouse & S.K. Albrech

Click here to view, print and/or download this program list.



WVC members at Warwick's "Home for the Holidays", Nov. 18, 2018.
See Roger Gavan's article in the Warwick Advertiser.


WVC carolers and Santa spread holiday cheer in Sugar Loaf on a chilly Saturday, Dec. 8th, 2018

Email to Gail:  
"Dear Gail,

 Thank you and the Warwick Valley Chorale for performing at the Sugar Loaf Holiday Celebration.  You sang beautifully and entertained all the visitors.

 I hope you will be able to join us next year.

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families!


Sincerely,    Lydia Cuadros  -  Sugar Loaf Community Foundation"

See the article about Sugar Loaf's holiday celebration in The Chronicle.

Tuesday, Dec. 18 - 4th annual WVC Ceili at the Landmark Inn.


A letter to the Editor of the Warwick Valley Dispatch 
from Leslie Collins, founder of the annual WVC Ceili.

Click here for the details.


Thursday, Dec 20th, 2 pm:  Parkinson's Disease Support Group Holiday Party. 
Email today from Zoey:
"Just a brief reminder about caroling for the Parkinson's Party, Thursday, downstairs at the Warwick American Legion Hall, 71 Forester Avenue. The Am Legion Hall is also the Masonic lodge. We will start singing at 2 pm and sing for about 30 minutes.  We'll sing our 'Home for the Holidays' selections, "free styling" the harmonies (I'm bringing Gail's lyric sheets and jingle bells).  It's very informal and fun. If you can make it, we would appreciate it... You do not need to bring any music with you. 
We will be meeting downstairs:  As you face the building from the street, go to the left side lower level door.  
Thanks -- Hope to see you there!

Thursday, Dec 27th: WVC members brought holiday cheer to these area nursing homes, retirement centers and regional hospital:
        Orange Regional Medical Center,  Valley View Center for Nursing Care & Rehab, Mt. Alverno Center, &  Schervier Pavilion  
   Program:  Allelujah! Sing Praise
                    A Midnight Clear selections: All My Heart, O Come Little Children and Ding Dong! Merrily On High
                    Ose Shalom
                    A Marshmallow World
                   The First Noel
                   Hallelujah Chorus

WVC singers bring holiday cheer to residents at the Mt. Alverno Center in Warwick on Dec. 27, 2018.


On September 22nd, members of the WVC were the back-up chorus for George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" as part of the:

(Click here for information about the concert plus lyrics, vocal score and to download the poster.)


WVC events Summer 2018

On June 26th and July 31st, 2018, members of the Warwick Valley Chorale sang at several area nursing homes and retirement communities.  

Members of the WVC and accompanist, Gail Johnson, at The Promenade in Middletown, NY, on June 26, 2018.

4 Rutter selections (that were performed in the May 2018 concerts):
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful 
  • The Lord is my shepherd 
  • Look at the World 
  • The Lord bless you and keep you
And a sing-along with the residents of popular British tunes including:
  • God Save the Queen 
  • Scarborough Fair 
  • White Cliffs of Dover 
  • I’m Henry VIII, I Am



Members of the WVC travelled to Paris in June 2018 and performed Fauré's Requiem as well as Gounod's Requiem
in the gorgeous La Madeleine, Gabriel Fauré's and Charles Gounod's home church.


WVC's fantastic Spring 2018 Season

Carnegie Hall, Faure Requiem and Rutter Songs

Click here to view and download this concert flier.


Music Program for WVC's Spring 2018 Season

                                       Requiem                                                         Gabriel Fauré
                                                                              - Intermission -
                                       O clap your hands                                          Text: Psalm 47 1-7,  Music by John Rutter
                                       As The Bridegroom To His Chosen              Text by J. Tauler (1300-61), Music by John Rutter
                                       All Things Bright and Beautiful                    C. F. Alexander, arr. by John Rutter
                                       The Lord is My Shepherd                              Text: Psalm 23, Music by John Rutter
                                       Look at the World                                          Text and Music by John Rutter
                                       God be in my Head                                        Text from the Sarum Primer (1574), Music by John Rutter
                                       Look to the Day                                             John Rutter
                                       The Lord bless you and keep you                  Text: Numbers 6:24,  Music by John Rutter


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.


WVC's Triumphant Return - April 23rd, 2018!
                                                                                           Photo by Chris Hart


Take A look back at the Fall 2017 Season

Gwyneth Walker's arrangement of Down to the River to Pray, premiered by the Warwick Valley Chorale at their December 2015 concerts and by popular demand was performed again at WVC's June 2016 concerts in Middletown and Warwick.

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 and June 2019!

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

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