We will rehearse for a cappella marketing at local radio stations and the Taos Plaza. Come if you can. We will sing recent concert pieces which should be familiar to previous singers.

38th Anniversary Season

Taos Community Chorus (TCC) is looking forward to its upcoming fall 2016 and spring 2017 seasons, which mark TCC’s 38th anniversary of “creating community through song”,  its mission.  Erick Brunner will be TCC’s guest director during this time, taking over as conductor for the group.  Erick is a well-known, highly regarded musician and conductor within the Taos community, and TCC, having had Erick as its conductor in the past, is thrilled to welcome him back.  In addition, TCC is excited to have Claire Detels return as TCC’s pianist and assistant director.

The music that Erick has selected for TCC involves serious, stand-alone compositions that reflect the original nature and philosophy of the group’s purpose.

For the Fall 2016 season, TCC will perform the “Solemn Mass in G” (more commonly known as the “St. Cecilia Mass”) of Charles Gounod. This choice is rather symbolic because St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music, so it is appropriate as a celebratory piece for the chorus. This is a much-loved composition, and singers have told Erick many times over how much they love to sing it. The resources for the mass are chorus with soprano, tenor and bass soloists.

For the Spring 2017 season, TCC will perform Johannes Brahms’ Requiem, using the very beautiful and rather new English translation which is textually and phrase-wise well aligned with the German text and musical phrasing. The resources for the requiem are chorus with soprano and bass soloists. Erick cannot think of a more popular great choral work that has been often mentioned by members of TCC over the years. There seems to be much interest and enthusiasm to sing this incredible work. Although it utilizes scriptural texts, it does so in a non-religious, more secular manner and therefore is not a setting of the traditional requiem mass.

Rehearsals for the fall 2016 season will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Taos on Monday nights, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., beginning September 12th and continuing through November 7th.  Concert dates are November 12, 13, 19 and 20, with the dress rehearsal for the concerts taking place on November 10.  The concert locations are expected to be First Presbyterian Church of Taos; Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Taos; La Santisima Trinidad, Arroyo Seco; and St. James Episcopal Church of Taos.

Given the slightly reduced number of rehearsals, Erick has asked that all singers who participate in the fall season plan to make a full commitment to the Monday night practices.  It will be crucial that everyone make every effort to be in attendance for all rehearsals.

For those singers who want to get a jump-start on learning St. Cecelia Mass, Erick highly recommends listening to the following YouTube performance by the Czech National chorus and orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBERXjW4stE. In Erick’s opinion, this chorus is full-bodied and sings with much care and beauty, as do the soloists, and the group’s approach to the choral sound is what Erick will be striving for with TCC.

TCC encourages anyone who loves to sing and would enjoy being part of a community of fun, enthusiastic and hard-working sopranos, altos, tenors and basses to seriously consider joining the group.  In fact, the compositions that TCC will be performing for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 seasons work best with large choral resources, so come sing with us and help make our 38th anniversary even more special.

Anyone wanting more information on how to join TCC should email taoschorus@gmail.com.


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