Monthly Archives: April 2014

First Rehearsal

The Spirituals Choir kicked off its 10th anniversary year with a fine rehearsal last night, at the parish house of Trinity Methodist Church in the Campground. Returning singers greeted each other and welcomed new ones. Director Jim Thomas introduced some new songs, resurrected some we haven’t sung in a while, and of course led us in some staples of our repertoire.

Our summer schedule is taking shape, with June engagements planned for the Anchors (Edgartown Council on Aging) and Katharine Cornell Theatre and July performances at Union Chapel and the Unitarian-Universalist Society chapel. Details will be added to the “2014 Schedule” page as they become available. A couple of off-island trips are also in the works. If your organization (church, temple, school, library, council on aging, etc., etc.) is interested in hosting Jim and the choir, get in touch!

This year, thanks to the efforts of Nan Doty, we’ll have a program to pass out at our gigs. It will include information about the spirituals and the U.S. Slave Song Project. If you’d like to advertise in the program — the rates are very reasonable — let us know.

Accompanist Phil Dietterich (left) and director Jim Thomas

Accompanist Phil Dietterich (left) and director Jim Thomas. Phil’s spiffy new T-shirt says “B♯, Never B♭, Always B♮.”

The sopranos

The sopranos

Jim directs the basses -- Alex Palmer on the left, Warren Doty on the right.

Jim directs the basses — Alex Palmer on the left, Warren Doty on the right.

 

 

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Our 10th Season Begins!

Jim Thomas is back on Martha’s Vineyard, and rehearsals of the Spirituals Choir will resume on Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. Location to be announced. New singers welcome!

This is the choir’s 10th season. We’re looking forward to a great one.

Wearing a rainbow of colors, the Spirituals Choir sings at the West Tisbury Congregational Church, August 2013. That's Jim on the left. In bright yellow toward the left end of the choir is soloist Elizabeth Lyra Ross.

Wearing a rainbow of colors, the Spirituals Choir sings at the West Tisbury Congregational Church, August 2013. That’s Jim on the left. In bright yellow toward the left end of the choir is soloist Elizabeth Lyra Ross.

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