Oakhurst Community Choir offering a chance to sing at Porchfest

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 24, 2016
The Oakhurst Community Choir performs on the Decatur Square on May 3, 2014. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Oakhurst Community Choir performs on the Decatur Square on May 3, 2014. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Oakhurst Community Choir is issuing a call for singers who want to perform at this year’s Porchfest.

This will be the second year for the event, which was a runaway success in its first year. The event, which is organized by the community and features numerous bands on local porches, is free to attend. It returns Saturday, Oct. 8, from 12 p.m.  to 6 p.m. Decatur Metro, which has helped organize the event, says there are 180 performances planned this year, so many that there’s been a shortage of porches to accommodate them.

If you want to be a part of the fun, Oakhurst Community Choir has an offer for you.

“This year the Oakhurst Community Choir is offering all community members a ‘Come and Sing’ chance to participate in its Porchfest performance! Come attend a two-hour rehearsal (7-9 p.m.) on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and a further one-hour rehearsal at 11 a.m. on Porchfest day (Oct. 8), immediately prior to the performance,” the announcement from the Oakhurst Community Choir says. “We will learn two fabulous songs – Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’ and Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ – and perform them at 12:00 and again at 12:30. Participation in Porchfest is completely free and gives you a chance to experience all the fun of singing in a community choir.”

People interested in the Porchfest performance are asked to send an email to: oakhurstcc@gmail.com

The Choir is also looking for singers for the fall concert season. The choir was formed in 2013 and is called a “friendly, non-audition, independent choir for adults and teens.”

Here’s some more information about the choir and how to join:

The aim is to offer all members of the community a chance to experience the health, social and emotional benefits of communal singing in a fun and informal setting, including those who are new (or new again!) to choir or who may not be able to commit to attending every week. Rehearsals start Sept. 21 and run through early December, and meet on Wednesday evenings (7 p.m. -8:30 p.m.) at the Solarium on West Hill Street, near Oakhurst Village. Members often go out for dinner or drinks in the Village following rehearsals. The first few rehearsals will be dedicated to preparing for Porchfest, after which we will learn holiday music to be featured at the Oakhurst tree lighting in December – a fun, festive, free event for which hundreds of community members now turn out – as well as other holiday performances. Membership costs $50 per session, including sheet music. To register, or for more information, contact Alice Reeves, Administrative Director, at oakhurstcc@gmail.com.

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