The Choral Arts Experience coming soon to Mount Pleasant

  • Thursday, July 11, 2013

An exciting new choral opportunity is debuting in Mount Pleasant this fall. The Choral Arts Experience, a premier choir for the community, will be bringing the joy of fine choral music to venues and celebrations in our area. Directed by Michelle Graham, an accomplished musician and dynamic director, the Choral Arts Experience begins its first season with rehearsals starting in September.

Michelle Graham’s training and experience have well prepared her to create and lead community members in this new choir. Michelle is an active member and soloist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Gospel Choir and Spiritual Ensemble. Most recently, she was the music director for the East Cooper Community Chorus, which performed a wide variety of music, including folk classics, Broadway hits, patriotic standards and music for the Christmas season. Her vision for the Choral Arts Experience reflects a broad music pallet that is as comfortable with jazz and rock ‘n roll as it is with great choral masterworks, employing excellent vocal technique as a foundation for creating magical musical experiences.

“We’ll implement some new ideas in music this year, and we want to invite talented singers to learn more about these plans,” says Graham. “With a varied mix of musical styles, we’ll surprise, entertain, grow and celebrate community life as we bring our talents together in song.” The choir will meet between September and May.

Even the rehearsals are a new concept. Each week, there will be two separate rehearsal groups to accommodate different scheduling needs. One group will meet on Monday evenings from 7—9 and the other will practice on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30—3:30. The groups will combine for concerts and they’ll also be able to sing independently as smaller groups. This “mix and match” concept multiplies the opportunities for program selections and performances.

Talented singers are invited to come out for the debut season if they meet these basic

requirements:

Singers are 18 or above. (Student members may join by arrangement with the music director.)

Singers can read music and successfully complete a simple audition.

Singers strive for a high level of musicianship and commit to regular attendance at practices and performances.

If you are interested in learning more about the Choral Arts Experience, come to an informational meeting on Monday, July 29, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at the Eastbridge Presbyterian Church, 3058 US Highway 17 N. For further information, please contact Michelle Graham at emgraham02@gmail.com or 843-408-1106.

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