For fifty-two years, the Mt. Lebanon-based, 75-voice South Hills Chorale has been entertaining thousands of people and hundreds of organizations in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.
Each concert season the chorale performs two major shows in December and May and 10 to 20 community shows for meetings, conventions, senior citizen, and social groups.
Notable recent performances include a Memorial Day concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. with soloist Irish tenor Anthony Kearns, two major works by Beethoven and Hanson with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, Rutter's Magnificat with the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. The Chorale has also performed with other great groups such as the Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Ensemble and the Keystone Oaks Steel Drum Band.
The chorale's broad-based programming includes American classics, Broadway, pops, spirituals, old favorites, classical, sacred, and holiday works.
Henry D. Monsch Jr., music director, for 49 years will be directing his final concerts on May 11 and May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church. Under his leadership the Chorale has become one of the most successful choral groups in western Pennsylvania. Assistant Music Director, Rick Minnotte, will accept the baton next year to continue the success.
Barbara McCauley will remain as assistant director and Patricia Reavel will accompany the group.
Tickets are $15 and available at the door or from chorale members and online at www.southhillschorale.org.
Auditions for new members can be arranged by contacting Elaine Moore at 412-655-8633 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions are held in January and again in September.