Chorale, Community Chorus to merge


Two choral groups are merging to form The Fredericksburg Chorale, it has been announced.

The board of directors of the Fredericksburg Chorale and the steering committee of the Fredericksburg Community Chorus recently decided that now is the time to merge the two groups into a common organization, effective immediately.

The combined group will continue to operate as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

  Current and past members of both groups are being invited to participate.

September Van der Stoel, a local singer and music director, is being engaged by the Chorale as their new artistic director.

Plans are already underway for performances by the Chorale at the Nimitz Museum on Veterans Day, at the Fredericksburg Tree Lighting ceremony at Marktplatz the day after Thanksgiving, and for a major Christmas concert together with the Fredericksburg Orchestra.

The Fredericksburg Chorale is a community choir open to all ages.

Singers from all Hill Country communities are welcome to come to Monday evening rehearsals, beginning Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 North Llano Street. 

All who are interested in singing are invited to join at any time or simply stop by a rehearsal and listen.

The Fredericksburg Chorale was founded more than 30 years ago, “using the one instrument we all have in common.”

During that period, the Chorale presented concerts of major works by Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and others, as well as concerts of new music, including compositions by local artists.

In December 2016, the Chorale presented a complete performance of “Messiah,” by George Frederic Handel, one of the rare occasions when the complete work has been presented anywhere.

The Fredericksburg Community Chorus was founded in 2016, when more than 70 local singers responded to a newspaper invitation from Jeryl Hoover inviting singers of all ages and musical ability to participate in a new chorus, “featuring quality music of many genre plus some for fun.”

During the first year, the chorus presented small concerts at civic events, as well as a major concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Fredericksburg Theater Company.

That first year culminated in Fredericksburg’s first Singing Christmas Tree — Der Singende Weinachtsbaum — concerts on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum at the Gillespie County Historical Society.