The Genesee Chorale was organized in the fall of 1971 under the direction of Dr. Theodore Ashizawa. Dr. Ashizawa led the Chorale for 20 years. Dawn Mark conducted the group for four seasons, followed by Ron Bordinaro, Marcia Housel (for dinner dances), Mark Hoerbelt from January 2000 to 2005 and then Charles Bradley for two seasons. Ric Jones has been the director since January of 2008.
The Chorale is currently comprised of approximately seventy individuals from all walks of life and draws membership from Genesee County and seven additional counties. The repertory of the Genesee Chorale encompasses a wide variety of music in various styles from motets and madrigals of the Renaissance, to folk, musicals, and jazz. Over the years, the Chorale has championed contemporary works for choir as well as larger liturgical settings including Bach's St. Matthew's Passion, Charpentier's Midnight Mass for Christmas, the Mozart and Brahms Requiems, and several masses by composers such as Schubert and Mozart. Additionally, the Chorale has performed Die Fledermaus, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Solomon, Haydn's Creation, Vivaldi's Magnificat, and Vaughan William’s Hodie.
The Genesee Chorale proudly encourages artists and musicians throughout our region. In addition to our traditional full ensemble performances, we offer our membership recital opportunities. We have also partnered with many recognized musicians and organizations including The Rochester Philharmonic orchestra, The Genesee Symphony Orchestra, The Sampler Trio, Jim Kimball and the Geneseo String Band, Emily Helenbrook, Doug Hanson, Charles Smith, The McMahon School of Dance, The Middleport Community Choir, Christopher Brewley, and the Elba Music Department. Over fifty instrumentalists from Buffalo to Rochester have performed as part of our Chorale Orchestra which was formed in the Spring of 2011.
Since 2008, the Chorale has performed in Batavia, Leroy, Perry, Medina, Elba, Childs, Lockport, Lyndonville, Albion, and Gasport. Additionally, over the past six years, the Genesee Chorale has doubled its membership.
For more information about joining, having the Chorale perform at your function, or on becoming a patron, call 716.531.8986 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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