Christ United Methodist Church
350 Saratoga Rd. in Amherst
(see below for times)
What To Expect
At Open Rehearsals, we give the chorister an opportunity to participate in a typical Bel Canto Choir rehearsal alongside current members of the group. It’s amazing what a wonderful sound we can make in a half hour!
Parents can stay and chat with “veteran” parents. Staff members are available to answer all your questions and all our registration paperwork is available.
Once the Open Rehearsal is complete, all singers may then sing for placement in a section of the choir. They can stand in line with everyone else and take a turn, sing alongside a friend, or wait until the end and sing in private.
Kids can sing any song they want, but we usually have them sing a well-known song like “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” or “Happy Birthday”.
We try to keep the whole evening fun and easy—Please come and see for yourself!!
Choir Information for Prospective Choristers!
ABC Bel Canto Choir actually consists of three separate groups: Presto for children in grades 3-6, Vivace for unchanged voices in grades 6-12, and Bravo for high school girls and changed boys’ voices.
Rehearsals for all three groups are held THURSDAY evenings and run September-May. We start right in the first week of school. There is also a parent meeting in late August where paperwork and music is distributed, information collected, season volunteers recruited and questions answered. Concerts are held at similar times every year. All three choirs perform together typically on a Sunday in mid- November or early December, the first or second Sunday in March, and on the Sunday before Mother’s Day. Vivace and Bravo each have additional concerts; Presto has one additional concert in the Spring.
Each choir has their own Retreat in the fall: Vivace and Bravo spend two days together at a local church, typically the second or third weekend in September, and Presto spends a day at a local community center on a Saturday in late September.
Individual Rehearsal Times/Locations:
Presto: Th., 4:30-5:30pm, Christ United Methodist Church (350 Saratoga Rd. in Amherst)
Vivace: Th., 6:00-7:30pm, Christ United Methodist Church
Bravo: Th., 7:30-8:45pm, Christ United Methodist Church
*Rehearsals begin the first week of school and finish in mid-May each year*
Please contact our Business Manager (Laura Biddle) at this email or 440-6783 for any additional information. If you know of someone else who would like to join the group, they can call the Director, Sue Fay Allen, at 759-6428. In the meanwhile, check out our other pages on our website!