Chorale Society will begin rehearsals Sept. 21 for upcoming Christmas concerts


    By Richard Bolland
    Pagosa Springs Choral Society

    Sept. 14 marks the initial rehearsal for the 2021 Pagosa Springs Choral Society’s community Christmas concert rehearsals after taking a year’s hiatus due to COVID-19. 

    Pagosans from all around the area will gather in the Pagosa Springs High School music room to begin preparations for this year’s Christmas concert series, which will be presented at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4; and at 4 p.m. on Dec. 5. 

    Once again, we are pleased to welcome Dan Burch, music director at Pagosa Springs High School, as our director and Venita Burch as our accompanist.

    All members of the community are welcome to come and participate in the Choral Society’s choir. A $20 fee will be assessed each choir member to assist in defraying the cost of music. Registration for choir participation will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the high school with rehearsal following from 7 to 8:30 p.m. With the exception of Thanksgiving week, rehearsals will continue every Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. until the concerts.

    Unless further guidance from the high school or from San Juan Basin Public Health is received, masks will not be required, but are requested for the unvaccinated. If things improve during the fall, perhaps this guidance can be lifted.

    Members of the community are encouraged to come and sing with the choir, with a special invitation going out to those who have previously sung at these very special Christmas concerts. If you’ve sung with the choir in the past but have taken a few years off, perhaps it is time to consider being involved once again. Come and help us to demonstrate to the Pagosa Springs community what real harmony sounds and looks like.