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The NFCC meets on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00pm. Our concert seasons are generally January-May, June-August, and September-November. Come join us!
The NFCC consists of about 30 singers from various backgrounds and ages who enjoy participating in choral music and attempting moderate-to-advanced choral repertoire. We perform a range of styles and genres, from classical to contemporary, Broadway to folk, Mozart to Whitacre. Our goal is to enjoy singing within a community of musicians and to share our love of choral music with the North Fork Valley.
Singing in the Chorus
Singing in the North Fork Community Chorus is focused on a season-end performance. Though not auditioned, the members of this chorus are expected to regularly attend rehearsals, put in outside practice time, and participate in the performance. Choir dues are $35 for adults and $10 for students under 18; scholarships and volunteer opportunities are available in place of dues, so please don’t let this inhibit you from singing with us! All dues must be paid through the Blue Sage by the third rehearsal of the season, unless other arrangements are made.
About the Director
Stephanie Helleckson graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with an emphasis in vocal performance and choral music. She studied choral conducting under Dr. David Kates, Dr. Hannah Wunsch Ryan, and Dr. Gregory Gentry and has directed multiple church choirs and other vocal performances throughout the North Fork Valley.
The Exploratory Chorus is taking a break! More info to come this Fall.
The Blue Sage Exploratory Chorus, under the directorship of Susan Ellinger, is a group of singing enthusiasts with goals of deepening their skill and appreciation for ensemble music making in a supportive environment. The chorus meets weekly to sing and study, and many of the participants choose to perform in regular concerts at the Blue Sage and in the greater community at large. This incredibly fun and enthusiastic group is ideal for beginning and intermediate level singers. Whether you’re getting back to singing after a hiatus, a brand new singer, or just wanting to improve your vocal skills, The Exploratory Chorus is a great way to experience the joy of singing in a low pressure environment. The chorus is open to all ages and all abilities with an emphasis on folk and spiritual song repertoire.
Singing in the Chorus
This spring we will continue our explorations of folk music and early American traditional spirituals. Experienced instrumentalists brought their talents to accompany the choir with piano and harmonica. Bring your vocal aspirations and your instrumental expertise to the Exploratory Chorus for a fun collaboration! We will be working towards a performance at the end of the season. There is a $35 fee per season to help pay for the accompanist, purchase music and cover venue rental fees. There is no need to register in advance – simply show up to the first rehearsal.
About the Director
Susan Ellinger grew up in rural Vermont, chasing bugs and adventures in the woods behind her house in between practicing the piano (she could read music before she could read words!). She officially joined the Blue Sage in January of 2012 after volunteering her talents as a concert pianist to start a classical music series at the Blue Sage.
Susan received her undergraduate degree in music from Oberlin, and her graduate degree from The Manhattan School of Music (The Julliard School). Her years of experience as a pianist, composer, and film-editor, have made her uniquely suited to program and perform in an annual classical music series at the Blue Sage. We often wonder if she’s ever had to learn as much music in one year as she does working with the series.
When not feverishly practicing or planning the concert series, Susan enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities with her dog, Scout, as well as gardening
What the Members are Saying
“Singing in the chorus brought a whole new level of music into my life . . . I recently decided to start taking recorder lessons! Susan is just amazing.” – Laura Lee
“I had a BLAST and can’t wait for the next session to start.” – Mary