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Welcome singers!

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

For the 2018–19 season, new singers (high school age and older) are welcome on two Tuesday evenings, September 4 and 11,  from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 97 East Genesee St., Skaneateles. [map]

Formal auditions are not required; new members 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 singers.

Membership dues for the season, if you choose to join, are $65 per person. We rehearse Tuesday evenings, 7:15–9:15, 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 may also be held the day before a Sunday concert. 



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


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

Learning resources

To help you practice on your own, 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 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.  


Rehearsal and concert calendar

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

  • We meet at 7:00 p.m. 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 at least an hour before the scheduled rehearsal.

September–December 2018


4     Registration and First Open Rehearsal: 7:00–9:15 pm
11  Registration and Second Open Rehearsal: 7:00–9:15 pm (dues payable to confirm membership)
18   Rehearsal
25   Rehearsal


2     Rehearsal
9     Rehearsal
16   Rehearsal
23   START AT 7:00 P.M. Rehearsal: Full Run-Through of Concert Program
27   SATURDAY Rehearsal 9:00–11:00 am
28   SUNDAY CONCERT: America in Folk Songs and Spirituals
First Presbyterian Church – Arrive 3:00 pm – Concert 4:00 pm 
30   Rehearsal: Begin preparation for December concert


2     FRIDAY Chamber Singers Mini-Concerts: "First Friday in Auburn" event
Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn – Performances 6:30 & 7:30 pm 
6     Rehearsal (Election Day – LOCATION CHANGED to parish hall of St. James' Church, across the street from First Presbyterian Church) 
13   Rehearsal
20   Rehearsal
27   Rehearsal


2    SUNDAY Chamber Singers Concert
Willard Chapel, Auburn – Concert 2:00 pm 
4    Rehearsal
11  START AT 7:00 P.M. Mandatory Rehearsal: Full Run-Through at St. James' Episcopal Church, Skaneateles
15   SATURDAY MORNING Rehearsal 10:00 am–noon at St. James' Episcopal Church, Skaneateles
16   SUNDAY CONCERT:  Magnificent Messiah
St. James' Episcopal Church, Skaneateles – Arrive 3:00 pm – Concert 4:00 pm


January–May 2019


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


5     Rehearsal
12   Rehearsal
19   Rehearsal
26   Rehearsal


5     Rehearsal
10   SUNDAY Invitational Concert: Visions of Light
Venue and time TBA
12   Rehearsal
19   7:00 pm  Rehearsal: Full Run-Through at St. Mary's Church, 15 Clark St., Auburn [map]
23   SATURDAY MORNING Rehearsal 10:00–noon
24   SUNDAY Concert with Orchestral Accompaniment: Visions of Light
St. Mary's Church, Auburn – Arrive 3:00 pm – Concert 4:00 pm
26   Rehearsal: Begin preparation for Spring Gala program


2     Rehearsal
9     Rehearsal
16   Rehearsal
23   Rehearsal
30   Rehearsal


7     Rehearsal
14   7:00 pm  Rehearsal: Full Gala Program Run-Through at Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn [map]
18   SATURDAY Annual Children's Concert
Dobson Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles –  Arrive 9:00 am – Concert 10:00 am 
19   SUNDAY Annual Spring Gala Fundraiser – Springside Inn, Auburn – Arrive 5:30 pm – Event starts 6:00 pm
21   7:15 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.