Welcome to Souhegan Valley Chorus!
Rehearsal Location Change
Because of the snowstorm and resulting school closing, tonight’s (Tuesday December 3, 2019) will be held at:
First Congregational Church
10 Union Street
Milford, NH 03055
Come to our Holiday Concert!
Join the Souhegan Valley Chorus on Saturday December 14th for Sing We Now of Christmas: Music of Harry Simeone, Bing Crosby, and Louis Armstrong, a concert of holiday songs from our childhoods. (Click on the poster image to download a PDF.)
SVC director, Jennifer K. Erdody explains, “The inspiration for this year’s Christmas concert is the Harry Simeone Christmas album that many of us listened to when we were kids. First released in 1959, this album has been a standard in homes for decades now. We were thrilled to find the exact arrangements in print that are performed on the album!” This late ’50s early ’60s music is paired with contemporaries Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong. Armstrong’s “‘Zat You, Santa Claus?” and Bing Crosby’s “Mele Kalikimaka” are two lesser known Christmas songs, while we also include more well-known classics such as “Christmas in Killarney” and “White Christmas”.
Kimberly Vars Whitehead accompanies the chorus of 70+ members from the Milford-Amherst area and surrounding towns. Join Souhegan Valley Chorus for this evening of holiday music at Souhegan High School in Amherst NH at 7:00pm! Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and is free for children 12 and under. Click on the image below to buy tickets online:
Today is Monday, 30 November, 2020
Our Upcoming Fall Season
The Souhegan Valley Chorus is excited to announce that this fall, we will be recording our first ever Christmas album! Music Director Jennifer Erdody and Accompanist Kim Whitehead will work with singers on Tuesday nights, every one from the comfort of their own home. Rehearsing in sectionals and then combining as we get closer toward the recording date for large group (still remote) rehearsals, we will be preparing two movements of the time honored piece “The Many Moods of Christmas”, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett and made famous by legendary choral director Robert Shaw. We will round out the album with selected solos, including beautiful holiday piano music recorded by Kim.
Dates for the rehearsals and the in-person recording session will be announced soon! We encourage you to complete this survey to indicate your interest in being part of this exciting project! Albums will be ready for sale at the beginning of December. We hope to have you with us!
For this season’s rehearsals, you’ll need to use Zoom, a popular, free video conferencing app.
Some of you may well be familiar with using Zoom — after all, it’s become very popular for getting together online for family gatherings, business meetings, remote learning, and more. But, for some of you, using Zoom may well be a new experience. So, for those of you who might need a little bit of help getting and using Zoom, click here for some help and tutorials.
Singing in a choir could be ‘the new exercise’
“Exercise is one of the few activities in life that is indisputably good for us,” writes Daniel H. Pink in his new book, ‘When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.‘ “Choral singing might be the new exercise.”
“Choral singing calms the heart and boosts endorphin levels. It improves lung function. It increases pain thresholds and reduces the need for pain medication,” Pink claims, citing research published in Evolution and Human Behavior. It also seems to improve your outlook, boosting mood and self-esteem while alleviating feelings of stress and depression.