For the WVC Members

Warwick Valley Chorale's Fall 2023 season is underway.


New ==>  Vivaldi's Gloria will not be on the WVC Fall 2023 program.  Look for it next year in the Spring of 2024.  The 2nd half of the Fall program will have traditional favorites for the Holiday Season.  Maestro De Fesi is selecting familiar pieces from the WVC library to fill out the Fall 2023 program.  As before, the Rutter Magnificat will continue to be offered as the 1st half of this program and we are taking the Magnificat to Carnegie Hall on Dec. 19th.


Practice tracks and other learning aids for some of WVC's Fall 2023 program are available.  Click here to access these files.

New ==> Practice CDs for the Rutter Magnificat are available at rehearsals starting Tuesday, Oct. 3.   Practice CDs for the (tba) 2nd half of the program will be available ASAP.

Check here regularly for updates to schedules and details on WVC's participation in the MidAmerica Productions concert at Carnegie Hall.


Important => Want to travel to Europe next Summer w/ WVC friends and sing glorious works in famous settings?  Check out our page on MidAmerica International's Concert Tours for 2024


Returning your music from previous seasons:  Bring this music to rehearsal and hand to WVC's Librarian, Viviana Holmes.

If this doesn't work, please drop off your music at Akins Pharmacy (33 Main Street in Warwick, during their open hours.  Place the music in a large envelope and mark it "Return to the Warwick Valley Chorale - attention for Carol Wood."


Here's a thought:

"A gentle reminder: The purpose of a rehearsal is to learn everyone else’s part… never your own! Your own preparation is your welcoming gift to your colleagues." -- Hilarie Clark Moore: composer, conductor, professor, musician and friend of the Warwick Valley Chorale.


Here is a map and directions to the Warwick Reformed Church.  Stay tuned to this web site as well as WVC's Facebook page for further details which will be posted as soon as they are announced.


John Rutter discusses the genesis of his 'Magnificat': an invaluable resource for all singers preparing the work for performance. 

The WVC performed this work in Orange County in 2011 and at Avery Fisher Hall in June 2013.  

Click here regularly for schedules and details on WVC's participation in this MidAmerica concert at Carnegie Hall.

Click here to listen to WVC performances of Rutter's Magnificat as well as some excellent recordings by other groups.

Click here to access practice tracks for the Magnificat.


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!               


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A look back at WVC's Spring 2023 Season


View the May 7th concert at Goshen CR Church here


The Warwick Valley Chorale participated in a special concert: Honoring Stanley Curtis through Song, on June 4th at Orange Hall on the campus of SUNY Orange in Middletown.

See the announcement on SUNY Orange's web site: 

Also:  the announcement in the Warwick Advertiser.

The program for this concert was taken from our Spring 2023 program plus Gwyneth Walker's The Wings of a Dove

Email from Gwyneth Walker on May 23rd:  

"I am so glad that my music continues to be part of the Warwick Valley Chorale repertoire. This has been a gratifying collaboration for me over the years.

Please relay my fond greetings to Zoey and everyone else!

Best wishes -- Gwyneth "



Email from President Zoey Savale on June 5th:  

"What a great concert we had yesterday!  I think we really honored Stanley in a wonderful way.  The audience, and particularly Betty and Scott, enjoyed and appreciated what we did.  A big thank you to everyone involved.      Zoey"


Note from Gail, May 16:

"Dear WVC Members,

What a joy to be a part of this season's glorious performances!  What magnificent voices!   And, now I have a beautiful reminder when I look out my window!  Thank you for the flowers and for sharing your talent with Orange County!

Love,  Gail "


Bringing the "B's" to local nursing homes

(Bernstein, Berlin & Bock)

Members of the Warwick Valley Chorale visited six area nursing homes and retirement centers where they performed songs from the Chorale's Spring 2023 concerts.

July 18, 2023:  Promenade at Middletown, Southeast Towers and the Wallkill Living Center.

July 25, 2023:  Glen Arden in Goshen, Schervier Pavilion of Warwick and the Valley View Center near Goshen


Music Program featured selections from Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story as well as Cheek to Cheek, Blue Skies, Puttin' on the Ritz and God Bless America

Thanks to Dennis English for conducting and Gail Johnson for the accompaniment as well as making all the arrangements for these visits.

WVC singers led by Dennis English and Gail Johnson at the Southeast Towers in Middletown on July 18, 2023.

WVC singers also visited the Valley View Center near Goshen on July 25, 2023.


Take me out to the ball game!

WVC at the Hudson Valley Renegades, Sunday, July 16.

V.P. Melissa Tidd's email from July 17th:

"Hi, everyone.   Thank you to all who sang yesterday!  And thank you to Dennis for conducting! Everything went well! Luckily, it only sprinkled at the game. But of course I understand the concern that we were all feeling.

I have 28 tickets left, and they are good for the rest of the 2023 season. I believe you would just have to exchange at the box office. If you paid for a ticket(s) and would like to retrieve them, we can meet up somehow for me to give them to you. If you had expressed interest but didn't pay me yet, please let me know your intentions. If you are not interested in the tickets, I can try to make other arrangements with them. If I looked at the calendar right, the last home game of the season is September 15.  Also if you paid me but do not want the tickets, I'll give your money back.

Have a good night, everyone!    Melissa"

WVC members singing our National Anthem at the start of  the H.V. Renegades game on July 16th.    Photo by Nikki Adams.

The Spring concerts, "Three B's, Old and New," featured Beethoven's Mass in C Major.  The music program also included works by Johannes Brahms and J.S. Bach, as well as selections by Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, and Jerry Bock (composer of Fiddler on the Roof

Click here to see the announcement in the Warwick Advertiser.


Documents for the Spring 2023 choral season:


  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.


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.


We practiced and made it back -  May 2010, May 2016, April 2018, June 2019 and Dec 2023!!


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


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