Fort Washington Community Choir
Do you love to sing?
FWCC a hosts a new Community Choir, now in its third season! We rehearse Tuesday nights during the academic year from 7:30-9:30pm. The choir performs for the neighborhood 2-3 concerts per year. The ensemble is open to everyone, regardless of experience, religious affiliation, or age.
Come enjoy a time of singing great music with your neighbors, here in Washington Heights, led by conductor Chris Whittaker, pianist Alison Beck, and Assistant Conductor Elly Steiker-Pearl.
This semester we're collaborating with the United Palace Theater of Cultural Arts to produce "Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah," a jazz/gospel re-imagining of Handel's Messiah. We will be joined by the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, special guest soloists, and other choral collaborators from around our community.
Fall Semester 2018
Tuesday Evenings from 7:30-9:30pm
Sept. 11, 18, 25
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27
LEADING UP TO THE CONCERT
Sunday Dec. 2 11am - "Too Hot to Handel" preview at Fort Washington Collegiate Church (not mandatory)
Tuesday Dec. 4 Mass Choir Rehearsal 7:30-10pm
Tuesday Dec. 11 "Sitz-probe" / Read with orchestra 7:00-10pm (at the United Palace Theater)
Wednesday Dec. 12 Dress Rehearsal 7:00-10pm (at the United Palace Theater)
Thursday Dec. 13 PERFORMANCE #1 at UP 6:45pm call (8:00pm performance)
Saturday Dec. 15 PERFORMANCE #2 at UP 12:45pm call (2:00pm performance)
Too Hot To Handel: The Gospel Messiah
Co-arranged by Bob Christianson & Gary Anderson; Original concept by Marin Alsop
With the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra and Friends
What is “Too Hot To Handel”? Check out this promo video from Colorado Symphony’s 2010 production:
$100.00 per semester (hardship waivers available)
*Note - for those who sign up for the Fall Semester and sing at our United Palace Theater concerts, the spring semester dues will be waived!
Any questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions below. Email Music Director Chris Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call FWCC at (212)568-4014.
Fill out the form below to enroll for Fall 2018!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU PERFORM?
We will learn a diverse array of repertoire; from early classical to Romantic, sacred to secular, all sourced from a variety of cultures and traditions.
DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH?
No, you do not need to be a member or churchgoer with FWCC. People from all traditions are welcome to participate!
We will explore music from many faith traditions, as well as secular repertoire.
DOES IT COST ANYTHING?
The cost to participate is $100 per semester, which goes toward supplying music and our accompanist. If this presents a challenge for you, please let us know (hardship waivers are available). Note: for participants in our Fall 2018 Semester, Spring Semester dues will be waived.
I CAN’T READ MUSIC VERY WELL. IS THIS RIGHT FOR ME?
We welcome all levels, regardless of prior experience. We hope that through this ensemble, our members will grow in their sight-reading abilities and musicianship!
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?
No, but we recommend students no younger than 13. Mature middle school and high school aged students are welcome!
CAN I MISS REHEARSALS?
You may miss up to three rehearsals per semester. After three excused absences, only emergencies or extenuating circumstances will be considered in regards to concert participation. Note that all rehearsals starting December 4th will be mandatory for concert participation at the United Palace Theater.
WHEN IS THE CONCERT?
This Fall we are collaborating with the United Palace Theater to produce two public concerts, December 13th and December 15th.
DO I HAVE TO DRESS UP FOR CONCERTS?
For performances, the choir dresses in semi-formal black.