Welcome singers!

MasterWorks Chorale begins each season with two open rehearsals, free to anyone who would like to consider joining.

For the 2019–20 season, new singers (high school age and older) will be welcome on two Tuesday evenings, September 3 and 10,  from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 97 East Genesee St., Skaneateles. [map]

Formal auditions are not required; singers simply meet with music director Kip Coerper to determine their vocal ranges for the best placement in the choir. It's a chance to hear, and begin practicing, some of the music we'll learn for upcoming concerts, and to meet other new and returning members.

Our regular rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings, 7:15–9:15 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church. Some rehearsals include mini-tutorials on music reading, vocal skills or choral singing. Dates, times, and locations are subject to change as circumstances necessitate. A Saturday morning rehearsal is usually held the day before a Sunday concert. 

Membership dues for the season, if you choose to join, are $65 per person.

Joining in January

We also invite new singers to give MasterWorks Chorale a try in the beginning of January, again with free open rehearsals. Some singers are inspired by our Messiah or holiday concerts; some just want to warm up the winter months with vocal harmony!

For first-time members who join in January, dues are reduced to $40 for the remainder of the season. This is a one-time opportunity. For our quality and continuity as a choir, maintaining a regular membership is important, so discounted dues are only offered to first-timers joining in January. We do not offer reduced dues to participate in selective portions of a season.

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FAQ

Questions about singing with MasterWorks? You'll find many answers here

Kip-o-grams

Weekly updates from our fearless leader, Kip Coerper, are archived here.

Learning resources

To help you practice on your own, CyberBass.com offers downloadable audio tracks and mp3 files of individual parts. Start with the index of major works, alphabetized by composer. For our annual Messiah program, you can also go directly to Handel's Messiah.

Another helpful site is choralia.net. Choose from the mp3 catalog, featuring actual voices, or the Virtual Singer (VS) catalog, featuring synthesized voices, to practice at graduated levels: with metronome and/or organ only; emphasized among the other choir parts; and balanced with the other parts. Music is alphabetized by composer for listening or downloading. 

YouTube often posts videos of choirs singing material we are working on. Type the title of a composition in the search bar at the top and press Enter, to see a list of available clips.  

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Rehearsal and concert calendar

  • Unless otherwise noted, rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings, 7:15–9:15 pm, in Dobson Hall (upstairs) at First Presbyterian Church, 97 East Genesee Street, Skaneateles. [map]

  • We meet at 7:00 pm for

    • first September rehearsal

    • first January rehearsal

    • Tuesday before a concert full run-through, normally at the concert venue

  • If you must miss a rehearsal, please let Kip know directly, or send a message using the Contact form.

  • Concerts may be preceded by a Saturday morning rehearsal.

  • Weather and road conditions can vary greatly across our area. If driving safety is a concern, please use your judgment in deciding whether to attend a rehearsal.

  • In case of a weather-related cancellation, we will make every effort to post a notice on this website and on our Facebook page, as well as contact members by phone, at least an hour before the scheduled rehearsal.

September–December 2019

September

3     Registration and First Open Rehearsal: 7:00–9:15 pm
10  Registration and Second Open Rehearsal: 7:00–9:15 pm (dues payable to confirm membership)
17   Rehearsal
24   Rehearsal

October

1     Rehearsal
8     Rehearsal
15   START AT 7:00 PM  Rehearsal
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn [map] (pending confirmation of rehearsal location)
22   START AT 7:00 PM  Rehearsal: Full Run-Through of Concert Program
Westminster Presbyterian Church
26   SATURDAY Rehearsal 10:00 am–noon
27   SUNDAY CONCERT:  Voices of Freedom
Westminster Presbyterian Church – Arrive 3:00 pm – Concert 4:00 pm 
29   Rehearsal: Begin preparation for December concert

November

1     FRIDAY Chamber Singers Mini-Concerts: "First Friday in Auburn" event
Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn – Performances 6:30 & 7:30 pm 
5     Rehearsal (Election Day – LOCATION CHANGED to parish hall of St. James' Church, across the street from First Presbyterian Church) 
12   Rehearsal
15   FRIDAY  7:00–8:30 pm  Messiah Rehearsal for Choir and Public
Saints Peter and John Episcopal Church, 169 Genesee St., Auburn [map]
17   SUNDAY CONCERT: Messiah Sing!
Saints Peter and John Episcopal Church – Arrive 3:00 pm – Concert 4:00 pm 
19   Rehearsal
26   Rehearsal

December

1    SUNDAY Chamber Singers Concert
Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn [map] – Concert 2:00 pm 
3    Rehearsal
10   Rehearsal
14   SATURDAY 10:00 am–noon Rehearsal at First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles
15   SUNDAY CONCERT:  Christmas Concert
First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles – Arrive 3:00 pm – Concert 4:00 pm

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January–May 2020

January

7      Open rehearsal and new member registration: 7:00–9:15 pm Free for prospective new members.
14    Open rehearsal and new member registration: 7:00–9:15 pm Free for prospective new members.
21    Rehearsal (resume regular rehearsal time: 7:15–9:15 pm) New members: dues payable.
28    Rehearsal

February

4     Rehearsal
11   Rehearsal
18   Rehearsal
25   Rehearsal

March

3     Rehearsal
10   Rehearsal
17   7:00 pm  Rehearsal: Full Run-Through at St. Mary's Church, 15 Clark St., Auburn [map]
21   SATURDAY MORNING 10:00 am–noon Rehearsal: Full Run-Through at St. Mary's Church
22   SUNDAY Concert: Basically Brahms
St. Mary's Church, Auburn – Arrive 3:00 pm – Concert 4:00 pm
24   Rehearsal: Begin preparation for Spring Gala
31   Rehearsal

April

7     Rehearsal
14   Rehearsal
21   Rehearsal
28   Rehearsal

May

5     Rehearsal
12   7:00 pm  Rehearsal: Full Gala Program Run-Through at Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn [map]
16   SATURDAY Annual Children's Concert
        
Dobson Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles –  Arrive 9:00 am – Concert 10:00 am 
17   SUNDAY Annual Spring Gala Fundraiser – Springside Inn, Auburn – Arrive 5:00 pm – Event starts 6:00 pm
19   7:00 pm  Annual Meeting of MasterWorks Chorale Membership
        
Community Room, St. James' Episcopal Church, 96. E. Genesee St., Skaneateles (across from First Presbyterian)
        All current dues-paid members welcome. Refreshments provided by Board of Directors. 

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