Rehearsals postponed until January 2022
August 24, 2021
At the end of July, we shared that we were planning for a fall term of in-person rehearsals with a concert in November. We also said that we would continue to monitor the public health situation in our community and that those plans could change. In the weeks since, the situation has rapidly deteriorated and Oregon now faces its greatest challenges since the start of the pandemic. Our health care workers and systems are at a breaking point, and the Governor has instituted several measures designed to dampen the effects of the exploding Delta variant. This isn’t where we expected to be, but we cannot ignore that our community is struggling.
Based on our commitment to protecting the health and safety of everyone who interacts with our organization, the Board has made the difficult decision that now is not the time to return to in-person singing. We know many will be disappointed by this decision, and the Board shares in that disappointment. But sadly, the past few weeks have proved that the virus will not go away simply because we are tired of it.
As we shift our focus to planning for a spring term of in-person singing, we will continue to engage with you through virtual activities. Tonight concludes our Summer Sing series, where we have enjoyed exploring the beautiful musicality of “The Earth Adorned.” To build on the success of our first-ever summer term, watch for more virtual singing opportunities throughout the fall.
We often say that community is at the center of all we do, and know that we are grateful that you are part of our community. We appreciate your continuing support through these challenging times and we look forward to singing alongside you in the future. If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out to me directly at email@example.com or by phone at (503) 851-5351.
Bryan González, President
FCO Board of Directors
Regular rehearsals: at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1998 Lansing Ave NE, Salem, OR 97301. Each Tuesday 7:00 - 9:30 pm. Consistent attendance is crucial.
7:00 - 9:30 pm - Rehearsals for Schubert Mass
Interested in Singing with Us?
Membership in Festival Chorale Oregon is open to all good singers with prior singing experience. No auditions are required.
Section leaders are assigned each term to handle administrative tasks such as attendance, and helping new members as well as leading sectional rehearsals and bringing trouble spots to the attention of the director for additional practice. Please contact your section leader if you need to miss a rehearsal. (Click on name to send them an email).
Soprano: Sheila Clausen (503-302-4722)
Alto: Doris Clark (503-393-1609)
Tenor: Rebekah Wozniak-Gelzer (503-585-5404)
Bass: Phil Davis (503-999-8200)
Join the Festival Carolers
How do I register?
We encourage you to complete your registration on-line prior to the start of the term. If you choose not to use the on-line registration, you may register at the first two rehearsals (come early): registration is closed after that. Credit cards, checks and cash are accepted forms of payment.
When does the next term begin?
Fall Term: Sept. 2021
Winter Term: Jan., 2022
What time is rehearsal?
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays
Where are rehearsals?
Rehearsals are at Holy Cross Lutheran Church,1998 Lansing Ave NE, Salem, OR 97301.
How much are dues?
Dues are $45 each term, to be paid at the first rehearsal of the term (free dues for full-time students).
How much does the music cost?
Music prices vary per term.
Do I need to audition?
No. Festival Chorale Oregon is open to all good singers with some previous experience. It is self-auditioning in that you will be able to tell if you are not up to the music.
What do I wear for concerts?
1. A tuxedo with white shirt, black vest and black bow tie, black shoes and black socks.
2. Purchase a standard concert dress and jacket, approximate cost is $90. [CLICK HERE] for information about ordering women's performance ensemble.
Occasionally the choir wears different clothing to fit the theme of a concert.
You must provide your own black folder for the music. Please do your part to help us maintain a professional stage presence. Neither men nor women may wear scent of any kind as scents cause physical distress to those with allergies.
What do I wear for dress rehearsal?
Anything you want to. It is called dress rehearsal because it is our chance to rehearse with the orchestra. It does not, however, require concert dress.
How to Join Festival Chorale
Membership in Festival Chorale Oregon is open to all good singers with prior singing experience. No auditions are required. We use what we call a self-auditioning process: you come try it out and see if you are able to keep up with the pace and musical rigor. Interested singers should arrive at the first rehearsal of a term about 45 minutes early in order to register, pay dues, and purchase music. Singers may join only at the beginning of a term. (Generally beginning of September, beginning of January, and mid-March each year).
Rehearsals are each Tuesday from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. The season typically runs from September through May each year, with three concert performances each season - typically in November, March and May. We have no rehearsals in the summer.
Weekly rehearsals are at Holy Cross Lutheran Church—1998 Lansing Ave NE, Salem.
If you wish to join or have any questions about how to become a member of the Chorale contact the membership coordinator.
Singers are expected to pay dues, purchase their music, and purchase the specified performance attire.
How to Join the Festival Carolers
A select group of singers from the larger Chorale is chosen by audition to sing with the Festival Carolers. Participation is very demanding in terms of volunteer time as well as vocal capability. The Carolers typically perform 25-30 gigs during the short holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. Proceeds from these paid gigs serve as a major fund-raising source for the larger chorale.
Individual carolers are assigned to gigs based on their availability as well as the need for singers on a specific gig. No one sings every gig, but each caroler should expect to make a large time commitment and be able to memorize a large repertoire of Christmas carols both familiar and unfamiliar. The Carolers are called upon to sing at a variety or retirement centers, office parties, malls and even private events in homes, as well as a few concert-type events such as at the Grotto in Portland. Carolers provide their own Victorian costumes and drive to gigs as far away as Portland, Corvallis, Dallas, Lebanon, and Stayton. A few power rehearsals are scheduled in the fall, including a full day workshop in October. All carolers are required to attend all caroling rehearsals.
Auditions are held in September. Contact Rebekah to arrange an audition time.
Choir Tour to Northern Italy in July 2022:
FCO will have a performance tour to northern Italy June 29 to July 10 2022. The 12-day tour includes Montecatini, Florence, Lake Garda, Venice and more. See more details of proposed tour (subject to change). The cost for the tour is estimated at approximately $4,800 including airfare from Portland, all hotels with breakfasts, two group dinners, ground transportation, and tour guides.
We welcome singers and non-singers alike. Auditions for singers can be arranged by contacting Rebekah (see below). COVID vaccinations are required, both for auditions and for the tour.
For more information, contact Rebekah at 503-585-5404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An ensemble of approximately 40 singers traveled to Austria, Czech Republic and Germany in July of 2018 on choir tour. Stops on the tour included Salzburg, Halstaat, Vienna, Eisenstadt, Prague, and the village of Hahnheim in Germany.