The Andover Choral Society is a community-based organization with a mission of providing the highest standard of musical performance to the Merrimack Valley community. Since 1929 our membership has been open to anyone with a love for great choral music and a strong desire translate that love into high-quality, engaging performances.
We are a warm, friendly, and welcoming group ranging across all ages, professions, religious and ethnic backgrounds. We are a community whose experiences run the gamut from university and private training to “never tried it before – thought it might be fun.” It is this very diversity that has allowed us to thrive for so many years, and we are always ready to accept the refreshing input of new membership.
We invite all who enjoy singing classical choral music to join the chorus in preparing a virtual spring concert, Voices Diverse and Beautiful: Music of the Merrimack Valley, which will include guest performances by a variety of music and performing arts groups across the Merrimack Valley. Virtual rehearsals will include vocal warm-up exercises and professional instruction in sight reading and vocal techniques by Dr. Michael Driscoll, ACS music director. Rehearsals will also include the practice and recording of selections for the virtual spring concert.
The spring repertoire for ACS, entitled How Can I Keep from Singing?, reflects our desire to sing together despite the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will include a number of short works primarily by American composers and arrangers, including American folk hymns, spirituals, and anthems as well as selections from the Great American Songbook. Also included will be Elgar’s Spanish Serenade set to a Longfellow poem as well as other beloved works from the classical choral canon. Over the course of the winter/spring season, the chorus will produce virtual performances of several of these works for inclusion in the May 2021 virtual spring concert, Voices Diverse and Beautiful: Music of the Merrimack Valley.
Virtual, 90-minute rehearsals will begin via Zoom on Monday, February 1, at 7:00 p.m. The first two rehearsals will be free and open to all who pre-register. The fee for all eleven sessions will be $50. We will provide links for downloading and printing the music scores.
Although we do not audition prospective members, an ability to match pitch is a prerequisite.
How Can I Keep From Singing?
(Winter/Spring 2021 partial repertoire)
- The Blind Man – arr. William Grant Still
- How Can I Keep from Singing? – arr. Joyce Eilers
- Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off – George Gershwin, arr. Russell Robinson
- Let There Be Peace on Earth – Miller/Jackson, arr. Hawley Ades
- Lift Every Voice and Sing – J. Rosamond Johnson, arr. Michael Driscoll
- My Shepherd Will Supply My Need – arr. Mack Wilberg
- Saints Bound for Heaven – arr. Mack Wilberg
- Spanish Serenade – Edward Elgar
- The Star Spangled Banner – arr. Michael Driscoll
- You’ll Never Walk Alone – Richard Rodgers, arr. William Stickles