Choral Society plans auditions for new singers | Local news

HICKORY – Hickory Choral Society will host auditions for new singers on Thursday, January 6. Email or call the HCS office to schedule an audition. or 828-322-2210. The overtures are available in all sections: soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

Since the spring of 1978, the Hickory Choral Society has delighted audiences with a diverse repertoire of choral music. The Hickory Choral Society offers a very popular concert series in this region. The all-volunteer group of about 100 singers from Catawba and surrounding counties are well known throughout North Carolina, especially for their annual Christmas concerts. The group has performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony and traveled extensively, performing at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Portsmouth and London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland.

In April 2019, the Hickory Choral Society completed a concert tour of Austria and the Czech Republic, performing in Salzburg, Vienna and Prague. The founding conductor of the HCS, J. Don Coleman, retired at the end of 2019 and, following nationwide research, Dr. Ryan Luhrs became the artistic director / conductor of ‘orchestra.

After more than a year of rehearsals and virtual-only performances due to the global pandemic, the fall concert was outside in downtown Hickory. The Christmas concerts were indoors with 50% concert capacity and all were socially distanced and masked according to pandemic protocols. The Hickory Choral Society is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

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