The Berkshire Lyric Chorus
The Berkshire Lyric Chorus begins rehearsals for the fall semester of our 2023-2024 season at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 8 at the Pittsfield Unitarian Church on Wendell Avenue and Broad Street. Interested new singers are admitted by auditions that will be held by appointment in Pittsfield and Stockbridge prior to September 4th. Please contact director Jack Brown directly at 413-298-5365 or JJBrown3@verizon.net to schedule an appointment. New singers must be auditioned prior to the first rehearsal. Bring a simple song in any language. An accompanist will be provided.
Regular rehearsals are at the Unitarian Church at 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield on Monday evenings. We start at 7:15 and usually end no later than 9:30. Member dues are $75 for the fall semester, $100 for the longer spring semester that includes our Ozawa Hall concert, or $130 for the full season.
Berkshire residents under the age of 25 can join free of dues thanks to the support of our members and sponsors.
First rehearsal Saturday January 6 at 11:00 AM. This is an auditioned group of 10 to 15 young women of high school age. They sing complex music of many styles and centuries, much of it a cappella. Rehearsals continue on Saturday mornings at 11:00 at the Pittsfield Unitarian Church at 175 Wendell Avenue. Interested singers should call or email Jack directly at 413.298.5365 or JJBrown3@verizon.net. Thanks to the support of donors, friends, and members of the Berkshire Lyric Chorus, all singers are on a full scholarship worth over $300 per semester.
Lyric Children’s Chorus
The Lyric Children’s Chorus begins rehearsals for their fall season Saturday January 6 at 10:00 AM at the Pittsfield Unitarian Church at 175 Wendell Ave. The church is located at the corner of Wendell Ave and Broad Street in Pittsfield. The chorus is open to all children ages 6-14 from Berkshire County and surrounding areas. Thanks to the support of donor friends and members of the Berkshire Lyric Chorus, all singers are on a full scholarship worth $300 per semester.
New singers should come to the first rehearsal and be prepared to stay afterwards for some very simple group evaluation of the ability to match a pitch and sing back simple music. During their weekly 60 minute rehearsal, the choristers receive intensive musical and vocal training.
The Lyric Children’s Chorus is one of a family of choruses comprising Berkshire Lyric, whose goal is to lead talented young singers into a world of great music, while learning how to sing well and have fun. It is led by Berkshire Lyric Artistic Director Jack Brown, who also directs the 90 voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus and is on the faculty at Simon’s Rock College and at The Hotchkiss School. Berkshire Lyric was founded in 1963.
Their own Young Musicians Concert takes place in early May, and they regularly perform in concert with the Berkshire Lyric adult chorus throughout the year.