The Roots of classic Choral Society Go back almost 200 Years!

March 16, 1820 marks the beginning of choral music at United Church of Christ, Blooming Grove - Click here to see the historical document!

Hurricane Sandy brought much in the way of destruction throughout the Northeast, however, there are always sliver linings, and an historical gem came to light whilst Linda Bull was carefully going through flood-damaged papers that had been stored in the church's basement. She discovered a proclamation citing the official formation of the Washington Ville Singing Society -- signed by Samuel Moffat, Issac Still and John Jaques.

“We are enormously proud of our connection to the history of the area – and it makes it even more special because we’ve been rehearsing in this space since we formed as CCS back in 1959,” commented Janiece Kohler, Artistic Director of Classic Choral Society, “There’s a long, unbroken line of music and fellowship here.” The chorus always performs one of it’s concerts each season at the church, a venue recognized for its fine acoustics and open architecture.

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Panera Fundraiser - March 12, 2018

Panera Bread Fundraiser: Monday, March 12, 2018

 
What we do for the love of music

Did you know that although we may sound like professionals (and indeed some of us are or have been), all of the singers with Classic Choral Society are unpaid volunteers?  However, there’s very little that’s "free" in presenting a concert.  The wonderful instrumentalists who accompany us are paid professionals; then there are music licensing and rental expenses, as well as insurance and other supplies that add up.

Yet, for nearly 60 years, we remain committed to bringing first-class choral music performances to the Hudson Valley – FREE OF CHARGE.  To accomplish this, we always spend time fundraising to make it all possible…and this year we are excited to offer you an opportunity to take part in an event with us!

Please join us at Panera Bread’s Monroe location (340 Larkin Drive), on Monday, March 12th, between 4 and 8 p.m. Panera Bread will donate 20% of the gross sales from anything you buy to eat in or take out.  Just download a copy of this flyer to your phone or print a copy to present to the cashier for us to receive credit.  You can dine-in with us -- or order online and pick-up for take out!  Here's a link to their menu - there's virtually something for everyone, so you'll enjoy a wonderful meal while supporting one of our region's oldest and most respected performing arts organizations.

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