Join the Chorale for the Fall Season!

Blue Ridge Chorale
Come sing with us!
The Blue Ridge Chorale’s fall/winter season is coming up soon. The Adult Chorus’ first rehearsal, under the direction of Bob Burnett,  will  be on Monday, August 24 from 6:30 – 8:30, at Open Door Baptist Church, 754 Germanna Highway, in Culpeper. The first rehearsal for the Youth Chorus, under Cathy ter Weele’s direction, will be on Monday, September 7th from 5:45-6:15 pm, also at Open Door Baptist Church. The Blue Ridge Chorale is your community chorus, serving Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties and their surrounds. We are non affiliated, non-auditioned and open to all who love to sing.  We have a wonderful program planned for this season!  Join us!

 

A Portrait of the Chorale

At our May 3rd concert at the State Theatre, the Chorale posed for its first portrait in many years. Photographer Sara Rayaprol kindly donated her services for this project; the State Theatre was a fine setting; and the Youth Chorus, the Chorus and our Directors (Bob Burnett and Cathy ter Weele) and Accompanist (Brittany Bache) all looked pretty darn good. We’ll try it again another season with some different lighting and a little placement tweaking, but this was not bad for our first try, and it’s certainly nice to have a Chorale portrait!

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Chorale receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award

Chorale Receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award In April the Blue Ridge Chorale was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Gold Level, for volunteer service in 2014. This singular honor comes through a drive to recognize and promote volunteerism which was initiated by President George W. Bush in 2002 and announced in his 2003 State of the Union Address. The award recognizes hours of unpaid service, and in this area is certified by the Piedmont United Way. Thank you to our singers and especially to our hard working volunteers!

Tuesday, May 5th is Give Local Piedmont Day, and the Blue Ridge Chorale is included!

     This year, we have the honor of being listed among the non profit community organizations which are part of the Give Local Piedmont drive. It comes around this Tuesday, May 5th.  We’re hoping you’ll take a few minutes to make a donation by debit or credit card to the Blue Ridge Chorale during this event. 
 
How do I make a donation?
     On Tuesday, May 5th, for the full 24 hours from 12:00 am to midnight, you can visit www.givelocalpiedmont.org.  To see the organizations which are receiving donations, you can search by category, or write in “Blue Ridge Chorale.”  Or, you can go directly to the Blue Ridge Chorale’s donation page from this email at  https:/givelocalpiedmont.org/#npo/blue-ridge-chorale, and there can choose the amount you want to donate. Donation minimum for this event is $10. There is no maximum gift amount.

There are so many worthy local causes.  Why should I donate to the Chorale?

There are many worthy non-profits who support our communities in various ways. We’re actually hoping you’ll donate to several organizations as well as the Blue Ridge Chorale, your community chorus.  We all rely on the support

     The Blue Ridge Chorale is non-auditioned and non-affiliated, which makes it possible for people who love to sing, whatever their age, background, talent or experience to participate in making beautiful music. We provide a supportive and constructive environment with outstanding professional direction and accompaniment, and bring our music to shut-ins and community events as well as offering two different ticketed concert programs each year within the five-county area (Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock).  The Chorale is a resource both for those who love live music performances and for your friends, family and neighbors who are singers and musicians.
 
So, on Tuesday, May 5th, take the time to go on-line to make your donations to the groups which enrich and support our communities. And, please, generously include the Blue Ridge Chorale.
 
Thank you for your support!
Your Friends at the Blue Ridge Chorale

 

Wonderful Concerts! “Gloria” was Glorious!

 

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The Blue Ridge Chorale’s 2014 Fall season wrapped up with concerts at two lovely and historic locations:  the Reynolds’ Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville  and the beautifully renovated State Theatre in  Culpeper. Singing before about 350 people in total,  we had a wonderful time with our “Gloria” program.  Director Bob Burnett, Youth Director Cathy ter Weele  and Accompanist Jesse Ratcliffe as well as guests –  a percussionist, a bassist and a brass quartet –  brought  the music  to life for us, and what fun we had!

 

 

Community Thanksgiving 2014

Community Thanksgiving 2014

 
The Chorale was privileged to take part in the Culpeper  Community Thanksgiving on November 20th at  Culpeper Baptist Church. It was a warm and lovely  community event, and singing there was a pleasure.

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER:WE HAVE A LOT OF SINGING AHEAD!

    BRC’s 20angel214 Holiday Performances and Events

 

   Sat. Nov 15th, Caroling, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Country Shoppes, Rt. 29 in Culpeper

   Thurs. Nov 20th, Performance, 7:00 PM, Community Thanksgiving, Culpeper Baptist Church.

   Sun. Nov 23rd,  Caroling, 5:00 PM, Community Tree Lighting at the Depot, Downtown Culpeper.

   Fri. Dec 5th, Concert Gloria, 7:00 PM, Reynold’s Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville.

   Sun. Dec 7th,  Concert – Gloria, 3:00 PM, State Theatre in Culpeper.

Singing at Dogwood Village on Sept 12th

The Chorale had a grSinging at Dogwood Village 091214eat time singing at Dogwood Village in Orange.  Our concert of old favorites and especially patriotic songs was a hit with our audience and inspired a lot of enthusiastic singing along. What a lovely venue Dogwood Village is!

4th Annual Blue Ridge Chorale Holiday Marketplace will be Nov 23rd

Come to Our Holiday Marketplace
Sunday, November 23, 11:00-4:00 at the  beautiful State Theatre in Downtown Culpeper
Since the Down Town Open House will start at noon: come to the Theatre right at 11:00 to get a head start on your shopping!
We’re helping you get ready for your festivities !  We’ll help you:
– Deck your Halls, with décor items and gifts for all the family, from local craftspeople.
– Deck your table, with gourmet quality foods from local specialist producer.
Deck yourself, and your friends, with handmade jewelry, garments, and accessories!
Our Holiday Marketplace, a showcase for local producers, is sponsored by, and helps support the Blue Ridge Chorale.
Come shop for your holidays with us!
Call us at 540-497-3409 for more information.

New Season With New Director!

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Join us on August 25th for our first rehearsal of our new season.  Our new Director, Bob Burnett, has planned a beautiful selection of           Christmas and winter themed music sure to get everyone in the Holiday spirit.  We also welcome our interim accompanist, Jesse                 Ratcliffe, who joins us while Brittany takes time out to become a first-time mother.  And all of our BRC business will be kept in working      order by our new Board President, Jodi Stone.  It is sure to be a fabulous season with all these new leaders, with fresh ideas, taking              their places!