THE WARWICK VALLEY CHORALE:
ORANGE COUNTY'S LONGEST-RUNNING AND
MOST DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY CHORUS
Photo by Ed Bailey
Gwyneth Walker's arrangement of Down to the River to Pray, premiered by the Warwick Valley Chorale in December 2015, will be on the program for WVC's May 2022 concerts. In addition, the WVC is proud to announce that a new work by Dr. Walker is also on the program: The Wings of a Dove. This piece based on a poem by Caroline Goodenough is "dedicated to the memory of Stanley Curtis (1933-2020), friend, and Music Director of the Warwick Valley Chorale. Stanley devoted his life to music. Surely, his final journey was on the wings of song." We are especially pleased that Dr. Walker will be attending the concert on May 22 at St. Stephen RC Church in Warwick.
COVID Policy for attending the WVC concerts.
During performances, the Warwick Valley Chorale asks that audience members follow NYS guidelines for COVID safety as well as those of the individual venue: Masks are required for unvaccinated persons, and highly recommended for vaccinated persons. Please maintain social distancing, although family groups may sit together without distancing.
If you would like to share our love of music and singing please send an email to our President, Zoey Savale: email@example.com or call her at 845-477-8391.
The Warwick Valley Chorale is proud to be Orange County's oldest continuously operating community chorus. We include members from nearby communities in New York and New Jersey, and always welcome new members. Dues are charged, but no auditions are required.
Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 until 9:30 pm at the Warwick Reformed Church, 16 Maple Ave, Warwick NY 10990.
A look back at WVC's Fall 2021 season and its holiday concert:
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One of WVC's favorite composers, John Rutter, on "the Importance of Choir"
The WVC has performed many of Dr. Rutter's works in our concerts in Orange County.
Also many members of the WVC were privileged to have been conducted by Dr. Rutter at Carnegie Hall in 2006.
A look back at WVC's 75th anniversary year: Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 featuring two world premieres: Gwyneth Walker's arrangement of "Down to the River to Pray", and the WVC participated in a world premiere performance in Carnegie Hall on May 28th, 2016, of Ivo Antognini's A Prayer for Mother Earth.
Members of the Warwick Valley Chorale getting ready to enter Carnegie Hall.
Stanley Curtis, the Conductor of the Warwick Valley Chorale, congratulates the composer, Ivo Antognini, on the marvelous score for his A Prayer for Mother Earth. Dr. Curtis along with 65 other members of the WVC joined about 150 other choristers from New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and Switzerland in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium accompanied by the composer on piano and the New England Ensemble. Andrew Crane masterfully conducted the performance to a standing ovation from the audience.
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:
Audio by Tom Venable and video by Rachel Rosen